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Bachelor Movie Review: A takedown of toxic masculinity that isn’t

Rating: ( 2 / 5).

Darling (GV Prakash Kumar) in Bachelor is hardly a darling—the name, an evident attempt at a joke. He urinates on laptops, endangers friends with reckless riding, barely goes to work, lies to friends, ogles at women, gets petulant when he won’t get immediate sex… I could go on. The film seems to believe—under the mistaken assumption that duration is detail—that it is a revealing three-hour portrait of this toxic, chauvinistic man—and that it stands against him. I might have got on board, had the film’s creative choices not betrayed a desire to ingratiate itself with the ‘youth audiences’ at the cost of its subject matter. When Darling ogles at the heroine, Subbu (Divyabharathi), the camera too does this, introducing us to the woman’s posterior first. When Darling is nice to her, the film romanticises his decency. Subbu, interestingly, tells Darling, “People like you who come to the big city, romanticise even innocuous relationships.” When Darling, yet again, chooses silly aggression over common sense by threatening a lawyer, the film, with its music, celebrates this as a gesture of machismo. When Darling cons his friends, or worse, maims them, the film advertises this as comedy. It’s impossible to shake off the notion that the film likes him, even if it wants us eventually to buy that it stands against him. To buy into it, you must be as naïve as Subbu—who develops feelings because Darling, her roommate, helps her when sick, and later, makes her a thengaai barfi . During this early sequence, I gave the film the benefit of doubt, telling myself that it could be commentary on how women like Subbu are surrounded by so many unkind men that even the slightest, most polite gesture feels so grand. However, there’s only so many times that you can make arguments on behalf of a film that doesn’t seem to care as much as you do.

Director: Sathish Selvakumar

Cast: GV Prakash, Divyabharathi, Bagavathi Perumal

For a while, I wasn’t even sure if this film was going anywhere. We get long, indulgent shots of Darling dipping biscuits in tea, eating biryani, refrigerating mango juice… He’s chattering away with friends, publicly admitting to vigorous masturbation, showing great proclivity towards alcohol… For how long this film is, it’s neither a deep exploration of Darling—which perhaps is its purpose—nor a deep account of his relationship with Subbu. Perhaps most problematically, I didn’t care a lot for Subbu either, as she is not at the centre of this film. This means that when you feel catharsis at the end, it’s not because she makes a gesture; it’s because the film has come to an end.

After three hours of Bachelor , all we really know about Subbu is that she isn’t the greatest judge of character, and that she has backward notions about abortion. Strangely, despite all the focus on Darling, we don’t know much about him either, except that he’s a sociopath who likes alcohol and sex. Perhaps that’s the film’s scathing view of the average chauvinist, but such generic descriptions hardly make for engaging interpersonal dynamics. There are barely any likeable men in this film, except, I suppose, Darling’s friend who stands up to him towards the end. Just as I was beginning to like him, he makes a statement—equalising Subbu’s interest in children, with her interest in Darling—putting paid to it.

Perhaps the only really interesting portion in this film is when matters of a court come into focus, and a ‘domestic abuse’ case gets debated. There’s some comic commentary on how lawyers often exaggerate their client’s positions to win judgments in their favour. Even before you can make your peace with this flawed romance turning into a courtroom drama, the film moves on to milk castration for comedy. The very notion that castration could be punishment for a toxic man feels like it justifies the exaggerated pride men seem to take in their sexual potency in the first place. For a film that attempts to be a takedown of masculine ego, this is a strange solution to make peace with. By the time Mysskin, in a cameo, was performing varma kalai on Darling for reasons I don’t even want to get into, it had become clear that good intentions or otherwise, Bachelor had long lost its way—and worse, had done so willingly.

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Bouncing Between Bliss and Bedlam: Unveiling the “Bachelor Movie Review” Mystery

Ever felt love’s intoxicating grip morph into a suffocating vise? Welcome to the twisted tango of “Bachelor” (2021), a film that dares to challenge our romantic illusions and expose the raw underbelly of desire. Director Sathish Selvakumar’s provocative creation isn’t a love story with neatly packaged happily-ever-afters; it’s a psychological thriller disguised as a romance, a plunge into the murky depths of obsession where love and toxicity intertwine in a dizzying dance. So, buckle up, dear reader, as we unwrap the layers of this controversial cinematic gem and answer the burning question: Is “Bachelor” a celebration of love’s power or a cautionary tale against its perilous pitfalls?

Unveiling the Enigma of Darling

Darling, the film’s enigmatic protagonist, is far from a knight in shining armor. He oozes charm, sure, but it’s a honeyed mask concealing a web of manipulation and self-absorption. Darling lives life on his terms, dragging his live-in girlfriend, Subbu, into his chaotic orbit. Witnessing his antics—from impulsive decisions to reckless disregard for Subbu’s feelings—is a rollercoaster ride of both fascination and frustration. The question hangs heavy in the air: Is Darling a charismatic rogue trapped in an unfair world, or a master manipulator weaving a web of control? This ambiguity is precisely what makes “Bachelor” so compelling, forcing us to grapple with the complexity of human nature and the blurred lines between passion and power.

Subbu’s Tangled Threads: Love, Doubt, and Dilemma

Subbu, Darling’s partner, isn’t simply a passive victim. She’s caught in a tug-of-war between love and self-preservation. The film masterfully portrays her internal conflict—the pull of attraction battling against the gnawing sense of unease. We see her grapple with Darling’s erratic behavior, questioning his motives and her own choices. Does she truly love him, or is it a toxic Stockholm syndrome masquerading as affection? “Bachelor” doesn’t offer easy answers, pushing us to empathize with Subbu’s dilemma and recognize the insidious nature of emotional manipulation.

A Taste of What’s to Come

This, dear reader, is just a glimpse into the intricate tapestry “Bachelor” weaves. Stay tuned for further exploration of the film’s themes, technical aspects, and its place in the cinematic landscape. We’ll dive deeper into the controversy surrounding its portrayal of relationships and unravel the symbolism hiding within its frames. Buckle up, for the journey into the heart of “Bachelor” promises to be as thrilling as it is thought-provoking.

Navigating the Labyrinth: Unveiling the “Bachelor” Plot Synopsis

Love stories often follow a predictable path, but “Bachelor” (2021) throws that map out the window and plunges us into a labyrinth of tangled relationships, simmering tensions, and choices rife with consequences. Brace yourself for a journey where the line between bliss and bedlam is thinner than you think.

A Glimpse into Chaotic Harmony

Darling, our resident charmer, isn’t your typical hero. He’s a free spirit, an artist who thrives on spontaneity, often to the detriment of those around him. His live-in girlfriend, Subbu, is the grounding force, the voice of reason amidst the whirlwind. They share a passionate, intense relationship, fueled by an undeniable spark. But beneath the surface of their seemingly happy cohabitation, cracks begin to show. Darling’s impulsiveness bleeds into recklessness, with his decisions impacting Subbu’s stability and future. The question arises: Can love truly flourish in such a volatile atmosphere?

A Twist of Fate, a Tangled Web

Enter the unexpected twist that disrupts their fragile equilibrium. A pregnancy test throws everything into disarray, forcing both Darling and Subbu to confront a future neither fully envisioned. This unexpected change becomes the catalyst for a chain reaction of choices, each one pushing their relationship further into uncharted territory. Darling’s reaction, a mixture of excitement and apprehension, clashes with Subbu’s internal turmoil. Her conflicting emotions—excitement at motherhood, fear of the unknown, and doubts about Darling’s commitment—paint a compelling picture of a woman at a crossroads.

Secrets Unveiled, Trust Eroded

As the weight of this life-altering decision hangs heavy, a web of secrets begins to unravel. Hidden truths and past choices resurface, casting a shadow of doubt on everything they thought they knew about each other. Trust, once the cornerstone of their relationship, starts to crumble. The film masterfully weaves these revelations into the narrative, forcing us to question the characters’ motivations and the true nature of their connection. “Bachelor” doesn’t shy away from the messy realities of relationships, reminding us that love and deception can often dance a dangerous tango.

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Deciphering the Characters: Inside the Hearts of “Bachelor”

The beating heart of any film lies in its characters, and “Bachelor” (2021) boasts a complex duo whose motivations and flaws captivate and challenge. Darling, the titular bachelor, and Subbu, his live-in love, are far from archetypes; they’re intricate tapestries woven with threads of charm, self-absorption, and desperate yearning. Let’s dive into their souls, shall we?

Delving into Darling’s Enigma

There’s an undeniable magnetism to Darling. He’s an artist, a free spirit who lives life on his terms. His charisma spills off the screen, drawing Subbu and the audience into his orbit. But beneath the charm lies a darkness, a selfishness that manifests in impulsive decisions and disregard for consequences.

He’s a child in a man’s body, throwing tantrums when things don’t go his way, yet capable of moments of surprising tenderness. We grapple with Darling’s complexity, asking ourselves: Is he a misunderstood artist trapped in a stifling world or a manipulative puppeteer pulling the strings of those around him? “Bachelor” offers no easy answers, forcing us to confront the gray areas of human nature and the seductive allure of toxic charisma.

Unraveling Subbu’s Tapestry:

Subbu, Darling’s partner, is more than just a damsel in distress. She’s intelligent, strong-willed, and yearning for stability. Yet she finds herself inextricably drawn to Darling’s whirlwind energy, captivated by his passion and the promise of an exciting life. But as the film progresses, her love crumbles under the weight of his erratic behavior and hidden truths.

We see her grapple with doubt, questioning her choices, and clinging to the fading embers of their love. Is she trapped in a toxic cycle, blinded by affection, or can she find the strength to break free and forge her path? Subbu’s journey resonates with anyone who’s ever loved someone deeply, yet with a gnawing awareness that they might be pulling you towards the edge of a cliff.

Beyond the Leads: A Family Affair

But Darling and Subbu aren’t alone in their emotional tempest. Family members and friends weave their threads into the narrative, adding complexity and fuel to the fire. Darling’s overbearing mother and Subbu’s supportive sisters become catalysts for conflict, forcing both characters to confront their expectations and desires. The film masterfully portrays the intricacies of family dynamics, reminding us that love and support can take many forms, even when laced with frustration and disappointment.

Beneath the Surface: Unmasking the “Bachelor” Themes and Symbols

“Bachelor” (2021) transcends a mere love story by weaving a tapestry of potent themes and symbolic elements that linger long after the credits roll. This film is an invitation to unravel the complexities of human relationships, confront uncomfortable truths, and question the very definitions of love and control. So, let’s delve into the murky depths of “Bachelor” and dissect the hidden treasures buried within its narrative.

The Duality of Desire and Toxicity

At its core, “Bachelor” grapples with the intoxicating yet treacherous dance between desire and toxicity. Darling’s magnetism is undeniable, drawing Subbu into a whirlwind of passion. However, this passion comes at a cost, laced with manipulation, emotional neglect, and disregard for her needs. The film forces us to confront the uncomfortable truth that love and toxicity can coexist, blurring the lines of healthy affection and codependency. It sparks a crucial conversation about recognizing the seductive allure of unhealthy relationships and learning to navigate them with awareness and self-preservation.

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The Cage of Expectations

Throughout the film, recurring symbols echo the characters’ internal struggles. One powerful image is the cage Darling builds for his pet parrots. While meant as a playful enclosure, it can’t help but evoke a sense of entrapment, mirroring Subbu’s growing claustrophobia within their volatile relationship. Similarly, the recurring motif of closed doors and windows emphasizes the suffocating atmosphere, hinting at the need for both characters to break free from their self-imposed and external constraints.

The Price of Self-Discovery

Beyond the toxic tango, “Bachelor” whispers another poignant theme: the price of self-discovery. Subbu’s journey becomes a testament to the courage it takes to break free from unhealthy patterns and confront one’s desires. As she faces the consequences of her choices, she grapples with self-doubt and fear. Yet, amidst the chaos, she finds glimmers of resilience and independence. We witness her reconnecting with her supportive sister, finding solace in her creativity, and taking tentative steps towards building a life beyond Darling’s shadow. “Bachelor” reminds us that the path to self-discovery is rarely linear, but the struggle for personal growth is always worth the journey.

The Metamorphosis of the Butterfly

This theme of transformation is subtly represented by the recurring butterfly motif. Initially seen as fragile and trapped, the butterfly later appears as Subbu presents her artwork, symbolizing her potential for metamorphosis. It’s a subtle yet powerful reminder that even in the darkest corners, the possibility for change and evolution lies dormant, waiting to be awakened.

Beyond Charm and Chaos: Diving into the Technical Depths of “Bachelor”

“Bachelor” (2021) isn’t just a whirlwind of emotions; it’s a meticulously crafted cinematic experience where technical aspects amplify the film’s narrative punch. From the captivating cinematography to the soul-stirring music, every element works in unison to immerse us in the characters’ tangled desires and volatile realities. So, let’s dim the lights, grab our popcorn, and delve into the technical mastery that elevates “Bachelor” beyond a mere film into a sensory feast.

A Visual Symphony: Cinematography that Captures the Tumult

The camera in “Bachelor” isn’t merely an observer; it’s a participant in the emotional rollercoaster. Sweeping handheld shots mimic the chaotic energy of Darling’s world, while moments of intimacy are bathed in close-ups that reveal the flicker of doubt in Subbu’s eyes. The contrasting use of light and shadow further underscores the film’s thematic duality, highlighting the precarious balance between love and manipulation. Whether it’s the claustrophobic atmosphere of their apartment or the liberating vastness of a beach scene, the cinematography masterfully mirrors the characters’ internal struggles, drawing us deeper into their tumultuous universe.

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A Score that Speaks Volumes: Music as an Emotional Compass

The music in “Bachelor” is more than just background noise; it’s a character in its own right. The pulsating score reflects Darling’s flamboyant spirit, while melancholic strings tug at our heartstrings as Subbu wrestles with her doubts. The film cleverly juxtaposes upbeat melodies with moments of unsettling silence, amplifying the tension and leaving us on the edge of our seats. Whether it’s the hauntingly beautiful theme accompanying Subbu’s artistic expression or the jarring percussion that underscores Darling’s impulsiveness, the music in “Bachelor” becomes a powerful storyteller, guiding us through the emotional labyrinth of the narrative.

Beyond the Leads: Stellar Performances Shine Through

While the film hinges on the captivating performances of GV Prakash Kumar and Divya Prashad, the supporting cast deserves a standing ovation. Kumar flawlessly embodies Darling’s charisma and volatility, seamlessly transitioning from playful charm to explosive outbursts. Prashad, on the other hand, navigates the emotional spectrum with an authenticity that resonates deeply. The subtle nuances in her expressions, the hesitation in her voice, and the flicker of defiance in her eyes speak volumes about Subbu’s internal conflict. The ensemble cast, portraying family members and friends, further adds depth and texture to the narrative, reminding us that no relationship exists in isolation.

A Love Story Gone Rogue: Navigating the Controversy Surrounding “Bachelor”

“Bachelor” (2021) isn’t simply a film; it’s a cinematic lightning rod that has sparked heated debates and divided audiences. While some laud its raw exploration of complex relationships and applaud its daring portrayal of an unconventional protagonist, others criticize its potential glorification of toxicity and question its ethical boundaries. Let’s navigate the storm of controversy surrounding “Bachelor” and delve into the reasons behind its polarizing reception.

Walking the Tightrope: Toxic Masculinity and Its Allure

Darling, the titular bachelor, is far from the knight in shining armor. He embodies a brand of toxic masculinity that both mesmerizes and repels. His impulsive decisions, reckless disregard for consequences, and manipulative tendencies challenge our traditional notions of romance. Some viewers praised the film for presenting a refreshingly realistic portrayal of a flawed individual, arguing that sugar-coated heroes fail to capture the messy reality of human relationships. Others, however, raise concerns about the potential glorification of Darling’s behavior, fearing it might romanticize unhealthy patterns and normalize emotional abuse for some viewers. The film’s ambiguity in condemning or condoning his actions fuels the controversy, forcing us to grapple with the complex dynamics of power and control within relationships.

Crossing the Line: Blurring the Lines Between Love and Codependency

Subbu, Darling’s partner, isn’t a passive victim. Yet, her journey through codependency and self-discovery sparks another facet of the debate. Some viewers question the film’s portrayal of Subbu’s choices, citing her initial blindness to Darling’s flaws and her continued submission to his manipulative behavior. Critics argue that the film might unintentionally romanticize codependency, blurring the lines between passionate love and unhealthy attachment. Conversely, supporters of the film see Subbu’s journey as a powerful testament to female resilience and the courage it takes to break free from toxic cycles. They find her gradual awakening and steps towards self-preservation to be a hopeful message within the film’s darker undertones.

Pushing Boundaries: Storytelling Ethics and Artistic Expression

Beyond the portrayal of relationships, “Bachelor” raises questions about storytelling ethics and artistic freedom. Some viewers express discomfort with the film’s unflinching exploration of potentially triggering themes like abortion and family conflict. They argue that the film’s raw realism crosses the line, pushing emotional boundaries and potentially triggering emotional responses in unprepared audiences. Supporters, however, counter that artistic expression must have the freedom to explore uncomfortable truths, highlighting the film’s potential to spark important conversations about sensitive topics and raise awareness about unhealthy relationship dynamics.

Echoes of “Bachelor”: Unraveling the Lingering Threads

“Bachelor” (2021) isn’t a film that fades with the final credits. Its potent themes, complex characters, and raw exploration of love’s darker side leave lingering questions and emotional threads that refuse to be easily dismissed. So, let’s gather our thoughts and unravel the captivating tapestry woven by “Bachelor,” acknowledging its lasting impact and inviting further reflections.

Unflinching Honesty: Challenging Our Perceptions of Love

“Bachelor” doesn’t shy away from the messy realities of human relationships. It forces us to confront the uncomfortable truth that love can coexist with manipulation, toxicity, and self-doubt. Darling’s charm and Subbu’s vulnerability paint a nuanced picture of a relationship teetering on the edge, reminding us that fairy tales rarely capture the complex dynamics of real-life love. This unfiltered honesty, while potentially unsettling, is also essential. It sparks crucial conversations about recognizing emotional manipulation, setting healthy boundaries, and understanding the dangers of codependency. “Bachelor” challenges us to redefine our romantic ideals and embrace the complexities of love in all its messy glory.

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The Ripple Effect: Navigating Personal Connections

The film’s impact extends beyond its cinematic universe. It becomes a mirror, reflecting our own experiences and relationships. We might see glimpses of Darling’s impulsiveness in a past partner, recognize Subbu’s struggle for self-worth in our journeys, or witness echoes of family dynamics within our circles. “Bachelor” encourages introspection, prompting us to examine our vulnerabilities and communication patterns. It becomes a tool for understanding both healthy and unhealthy relationship dynamics, empowering us to make informed choices and nurture connections that enrich our lives.

Fueling Dialogue: Sparking Conversations Beyond the Screen

“Bachelor” isn’t simply a film; it’s a catalyst for conversation. Its bold exploration of controversial themes generates healthy discussions about gender roles, mental health, and the ethics of storytelling. The film’s reception and its sparks of both praise and criticism highlight the importance of open dialogue and diverse perspectives. By engaging in respectful conversations about “Bachelor,” we can deepen our understanding of complex issues, challenge personal biases, and strive for healthier relationships both on and off-screen.

This journey through the lingering echoes of “Bachelor” is just the beginning. Share your thoughts and interpretations in the comments, engage in discussions with fellow viewers, and delve deeper into the film’s impact on your perspectives. Remember, “Bachelor” is a gift that keeps on giving; it’s a conversation starter, a mirror to our relationships, and a reminder that love, in all its forms, is a fascinating and multifaceted mystery waiting to be explored.

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Bachelor Movie Review: A takedown of toxic masculinity that isn’t

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Darling (GV Prakash Kumar) in Bachelor is hardly a darling — the name, an evident attempt at a joke. He urinates on laptops, endangers friends with reckless riding, barely goes to work, lies to friends, ogles at women, gets petulant when he won’t get immediate sex … I could go on.

The film seems to believe — under the mistaken assumption that duration is detail — that it is a revealing three-hour portrait of this toxic, chauvinistic man — and that it stands against him. I might have got on board, had the film’s creative choices not betrayed a desire to ingratiate itself with the ‘youth audiences’ at the cost of its subject matter. When Darling ogles at the heroine, Subbu (Divyabharathi), the camera too does this, introducing us to the woman’s posterior first. When Darling is nice to her, the film romanticises his decency.

Subbu, interestingly, tells Darling, “People like you who come to the big city, romanticise even innocuous relationships.” When Darling, yet again, chooses silly aggression over common sense by threatening a lawyer, the film, with its music, celebrates this as a gesture of machismo. When Darling cons his friends, or worse, maims them, the film advertises this as comedy. It’s impossible to shake off the notion that the film likes him, even if it wants us eventually to buy that it stands against him. To buy into it, you must be as naïve as Subbu — who develops feelings because Darling, her roommate, helps her when sick, and later, makes her a thengaai barfi.

During this early sequence, I gave the film the benefit of doubt, telling myself that it could be commentary on how women like Subbu are surrounded by so many unkind men that even the slightest, most polite gesture feels so grand. However, there’s only so many times that you can make arguments on behalf of a film that doesn’t seem to care as much as you do.

Director: Sathish Selvakumar

Cast: GV Prakash, Divyabharathi, Bagavathi Perumal

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For a while, I wasn’t even sure if this film was going anywhere. We get long, indulgent shots of Darling dipping biscuits in tea, eating biryani, refrigerating mango juice… He’s chattering away with friends, publicly admitting to vigorous masturbation, showing great proclivity towards alcohol… For how long this film is, it’s neither a deep exploration of Darling — which perhaps is its purpose — nor a deep account of his relationship with Subbu. Perhaps most problematically, I didn’t care a lot for Subbu either, as she is not at the centre of this film. This means that when you feel catharsis at the end, it’s not because she makes a gesture; it’s because the film has come to an end.

After three hours of Bachelor, all we really know about Subbu is that she isn’t the greatest judge of character, and that she has backward notions about abortion. Strangely, despite all the focus on Darling, we don’t know much about him either, except that he’s a sociopath who likes alcohol and sex. Perhaps that’s the film’s scathing view of the average chauvinist, but such generic descriptions hardly make for engaging interpersonal dynamics. There are barely any likeable men in this film, except, I suppose, Darling’s friend who stands up to him towards the end. Just as I was beginning to like him, he makes a statement — equalising Subbu’s interest in children, with her interest in Darling — putting paid to it.

Perhaps the only really interesting portion in this film is when matters of a court come into focus, and a ‘domestic abuse’ case gets debated. There’s some comic commentary on how lawyers often exaggerate their client’s positions to win judgments in their favour. Even before you can make your peace with this flawed romance turning into a courtroom drama, the film moves on to milk castration for comedy. The very notion that castration could be punishment for a toxic man feels like it justifies the exaggerated pride men seem to take in their sexual potency in the first place. For a film that attempts to be a takedown of masculine ego, this is a strange solution to make peace with.

By the time Mysskin, in a cameo, was performing varma kalai on Darling for reasons I don’t even want to get into, it had become clear that good intentions or otherwise, Bachelor had long lost its way — and worse, had done so willingly.

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Amidst a good pre-release buzz and hype, GV Prakash's Bachelor has been released in theatres. Directed by debutant Sathish Selvakumar, Bachelor is a film that is targeted at the youth audience. Here is our take on Bachelor. 

STORY:  Bachelor follows the story of Darling (GV Prakash) and Subbu (Divya Bharathi), who are in an intimate relationship, and eventually end up becoming pregnant. Darling asks Subbu to abort the baby, but she isn't ready to kill an innocent life. This creates a rift between the couple who part ways. What were the after-effects of the pregnancy and did they find a common solution to their problem is what Bachelor is all about.  

SCREENPLAY, DIALOGUES & DIRECTION:  The first half of Bachelor is quite interestingly-packaged with a good level of fun and drama. Director Sathish Selvakumar seems to have been inspired by Alphonse Puthren's Premam as quite a lot of shots, the background score, and the edit pattern of Bachelor looks very much similar. Sathish seems to be in no hurry as he has treated the film in a calm and steady manner. The film does take its own sweet time to take off and once the conflict arises between the leads, the stage is set for an exciting second half. However, the film drifts away from its path and moves towards a completely different direction, post the half mark. When you expect to see the drama between the leads or the pain that they undergo, Sathish shifts the focus towards something else.

A major chunk of the second half revolves around GV Prakash's character and there is not even a single shot of Divya, as a result of which you don't constantly stay connected to the movie. Director Sathish's intention to tell a mature story about two people in a relationship is appreciable, but it would have been better if the second half was also centered around them and their problems. The Bachelor that we now see has a decent first half and a clueless second half. The staging of the courtroom scenes could have been more effective and convincing as the current version looks unimpactful.

The duration of the film is a concern since the pace of the movie is also slow, especially in the latter half. Had the film been high on engagement, the runtime wouldn't have mattered, but due to the slow-paced screenplay, you need to hold your patience. 

CAST:  GV Prakash has put up a fine performance that shows varied emotions. As a man of flaws and full of confusions, GV Prakash has matured as an actor, with a good level of confidence. Debutant Divya Bharathi makes a good impression with her performance, especially in the emotional scenes. Divya is sure to earn a good fan base and she seems to be a talent to watch out for. Bagavathi Perumal and Munishkanth score well with their humour among the other supporting characters. Director Mysskin helps with a few laughs in his short and delightful cameo. 

TECHNICAL: Siddhu Kumar's background music adds a special flavour to the film and it is surely a big aspect of the movie. The songs don't stay inside you for a long time. Theni Eswar's cinematography is classy and impressive aiding Sathish's vision. Bachelor is a film that has a unique presentation and San Lokesh's cuts play a major role in that. 

SO?  Bachelor is a slow-paced average film that needed more focus on the conflict between its leads!  

Verdict Bachelor starts off in an interesting fashion but loses its fizz on the go. An average watch!

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The Bachelor

1999, Comedy/Drama, 1h 41m

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Clichéd, witless and irritating, The Bachelor proves Chris O'Donnell is no Buster Keaton. Read critic reviews

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Jimmie (Chris O'Donnell) and Anne (Renée Zellweger) are in a committed relationship, but the pressure is mounting on Jimmie to propose. Rather than lose Anne, Jimmie decides to ask for her hand in marriage. But when he delivers a lackluster speech to her, Anne turns him down. Jimmie soon finds out that he has one day to find a woman and marry her; otherwise he will lose out on his hefty inheritance. What ensues is a crazed search through Jimmie's past to find a suitable bride.

Rating: PG-13

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Original Language: English

Director: Gary Sinyor

Producer: Jeffrey T. Barabe , Bing Howenstein , Lloyd Segan

Writer: Roi Copper Megrue , Jean Havez , Clyde Bruckman , Joseph A. Mitchell , Steve Cohen

Release Date (Theaters): Nov 5, 1999  wide

Release Date (Streaming): Feb 1, 2011

Box Office (Gross USA): $21.7M

Runtime: 1h 41m

Distributor: New Line Cinema

Production Co: New Line Cinema, The Lloyd Segan Company, George Street Pictures

Sound Mix: SDDS, Dolby Digital, DTS, Surround

Cast & Crew

Chris O'Donnell

Jimmie Shannon

Renée Zellweger

Hal Holbrook

James Cromwell

Artie Lange

Sid Gluckman

Marley Shelton

Natalie Arden

Sarah Silverman

Stacy Edwards

Rebecca Cross

Jennifer Esposito

Peter Ustinov

Grandad Shannon

Mariah Carey

Brooke Shields

Buckley Hale-Windsor

Gary Sinyor

Roi Copper Megrue

Clyde Bruckman

Joseph A. Mitchell

Steve Cohen

Screenwriter

Jeffrey T. Barabe

Michael De Luca

Executive Producer

Leon Dudevoir

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Stephen W. Hollocker

Bing Howenstein

Donna Langley

Line Producer

Lloyd Segan

David Byrne

Original Music

David A. Hughes

John Murphy

Simon Archer

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Robert M. Reitano

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The plot is not exactly original but this is a fun movie and I enjoyed it. Chris O' Donnell stars as a bachelor who must marry in 24 hours in order to inherit a one-hundred million dollar inheritance from his grandfather. But there is a big catch - this grandson must marry by 6:05PM on his 30th birthday, must stay married for at least 10 years, cannot spend more than one night a month apart from his wife, and must have children. Otherwise, all assets, including the billiards factory, will be sold. Only there is a problem: neither his present girlfriend nor his ex-friend are willing to do this. Also starring Renee Zellweger, Brooke Sheilds, Sarah Silverman, Jennifer Esposito and Mariah Carey. Also starring Artie Lang as Marco, O'Donnell's best friend and partner in crime.

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Batman`s Sidekick. Unlike his role as Robin, I like watching Chris O`Donell other Movies. This Movie is like a Fun Slide so are we Singles. lol It was nice to see he didnt want to marry the girl because out of Egoistical reasons. In my opinion this is not really a typical Chick Flick. I think guys will enjoy it too. Great Cameo appearence by some great singers and actress. I like the tiny bit with Brooke Shields. alot of lolsThe Scene where he(Chris O`Donell)decides to rest in the church and <u>awakens to find hundreds of brides waiting for him</U>reminded me of the Dummy of Jeff Dunham: Achmed the Dead terrorist and HIS 72 Virgins. Must have been heaven for Achmed. lol <i>Fav bit and a beautifull Scene</i> Jimmie runs up the street, climbs a fire exit ladder and shouts for Anne. With the would-be brides, Marco and Jimmie's colleagues in hot pursuit, the priest then conducts the service over the police loudspeaker from inside a police car as brides attack the car. Anne convinces them to be happy and let it be her day. They cheer and everyone has cake. Marco gets a surprise when he finds his wife joined the crazy brides, but they're OK with it. The clock strikes 6:05 p.m. and all is well...until the bridal bouquet is thrown for another couple.

I saw it in the middle of the day....and that's it rightful place....if you see it in the middle of the night...it would probably suck pretty bad....but hey...you can't turn down chris o'donnell

it was ok.... I AM GOING TO ASK ONE MORE TIME! WHAT HAPPENNED TO CHRIS O'DONNELL????

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  • Release Date 3 December 2021
  • Language Tamil
  • Genre Drama
  • Duration 2h 56min
  • Cast Divya Bharathi, G. V. Prakash Kumar, Munishkanth, Bagavathi Perumal, Mysskin, Monica Chinnakotla, R. K. Vijay Murugan, Jayann, Muthu Prasad Shanmugasundharam, Nakkalites Arun, Nakkalites Dhanam, Brindha, Victor Nirmal Felx, Manoj Beads, Kotravai, Prem Kumar, K M Rasheduzzaman Rafi, Sasi kumar, Kiran R, Sriram Manivannan, Sam Isaac, Surya Veerarajan, VJ Mubashir, Mathuram, Subash Selvam, Tamizh, Prankster Rahul, TSR, Karthik Gunasehkaran
  • Director Satish Selvakumar
  • Writer Satish Selvakumar, K M Rasheduzzaman Rafi
  • Cinematography Theni Eswar
  • Music Siddhu Kumar, Dhibu Ninan Thomas, A. H. Kaashif, G. V. Prakash Kumar
  • Producer G. Dillibabu
  • Production Axess Film Factory
  • Certificate 18+

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Darling (G. V. Prakash Kumar), who has behavioural issues and hails from a conservative background, relocates to Bengaluru in search of a job.

He gets into a live-in relationship with a modern girl, Subbulakshmi a.k.a. Subbu (Divya Bharathi). As they live together, Darling's amateurish behaviour leads to a series of problematic events.

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Darling is a carefree youngster working in an IT company, Bangalore. After seeing Subbu, he wants her to be his girlfriend. After convincing her, he started to have a live-in relationship with her. Soon, she gets pregnant and tells him about this. But, he wanted her to abort, which she didn't like. What happens next? The rest of the film speaks about this.

Star Performance

GV Prakash plays a youngster who doesn't care for others and concentrates only on his well-being. He suits the role well. Divyabharathi has done justice to the given role.

The director doesn't want GV Prakash's role to be heroic or show him as a decent guy. At the same time, Divyabharathi's role is also designed well that she knows how the boys will be, but fails to maintain her stand and falls for GV. The dialogues look raw at times, and it should have been avoided. The cinematography is perfect, and Theni Eshwar scores full. The second half is lengthy and the editing department should have cared for it. The climax didn't make any impact, although it has interesting content.

What's There?

  • Performances of the stars are neat
  • The BGM and visuals are good

What's Not There?

  • Dialogues should have been better
  • The length should have been trimmed

Bachelor has some exciting and romantic scenes for the people who love this genre. If the negative things from the film are side-lined, it is a one-time watch!

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Bachelor - A tale of modern lust told in an unusual fashion

G.V. Prakash Kumar's biggest hit so far is the adult comedy 'Trisha Illana Nayanthara' and after a long gap he revisits that zone again with more negative shades.  Will this 'Arjun Reddy' meets 'Ispade Rajavum Idhaya Raniyum' satisfy the 18 plus crowd remains to be seen.

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Darling (G.V. Prakash Kumar) is a self centered youth from Coimbatore who joins an IT company in Bengaluru and moves into their bachelor room.  He hits the bottle hard and is a bit of a glutton who is unmindful of others and the problems he causes to them.  He then meets a modern girl (Subbu) who lives with another friend and his girlfriend in a posh apartment and sets sights on her.  He then worms his way into the apartment by imposing himself on his friend and as fate would have the other couple move out to a foreign country.  Darling then with the sole aim of bedding Subbu succeeds and they start living together.  The girl eventually gets pregnant much to the shock of her partner.   The spineless Darling forces Subbu to abort and the ensuing events lead the duo into deep trouble and they get embroiled in a legal battle.  What happens next is what 'Bachelor' is all about.

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G.V. Prakash has sunk his teeth into a well written character of a person who is so into himself that he never even reacts to what others (including parent and siblings) are going through or feeling.  Right from hiding all his favorite food and eating without sharing to getting drunk and messing up his friends the composer turned actor has pulled off the heavily negative coated Darling authoritatively to the very end.  Debutante Divyabharathi is a welcome find who looks pretty without any makeup and is a natural before the camera.  She has effortlessly nailed the sensuality and the confusion in the relationship and the resolve to keep her children and finally deciding her fate.  Muniskanth as a relative of the hero comes to the rescue of the audience when things start sagging in the screenplay and the laughs work big time.  Similarly Bhagavathy Perumal and The Nakkalites team also provide the humour throughout the film and are a big plus.  There is also a surprise cameo from Mysskin which is also hilarious albeit more than a tad long.

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What works best in 'Bachelor' is the youthful elements that the screenplay contains throughout the first half and to a large extent in the second.  A few moments like the eyes of the girl and the mother of the boy meeting in court and similarly between the boy and the girl in the end are poetic.  Another engaging factor is the unpredictability of the screenplay which defies most of the conventions that Tamil audiences are used to.  Rendering the boy effectively and symbolically impotent and favoring the bold move of the girl in the climax is pretty satisfying.

On the downside the screenplay meanders post the interval and a big minus is not showing what the girl is going through after the case comes to court.  Similarly what say the boy's family have on the issue is not clear other than just playing along with his whims.   Maybe in trying to be faithful to the true story the film is based on, the friends seem to be there in every frame with GVP and their dialogues and reactions become repetitive after a point.

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Theni Easwar's cinematography is a mainstay for 'Bachelor' with mostly handheld shots that give a feeling of being part of the action.  Siddhu Kumar's background score is a symphony of exuberant musical pieces and bit songs that enhance the viewing experience.  Shan Lokesh could have put the scissors to good use on many scenes to make the close to three hours film much crispier.  Sathish Selvakumar on debut comes across as a director with a distinct voice and his attempt to give an unusual film is commendable.  Axess Film Factory, the banner behind such variety fare as 'Ratsasan' and 'Oh My Kadavule' has once again backed an offbeat film with a contemporary strong content.

Verdict : Go for this youthful and engaging contemporary film with a strong message

Rating: 3 / 5.0

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Bachelor movie review: This romantic drama, starring GV Prakash and Divyabharathi, is engaging in parts

The film is a slow-paced emotional drama which touches upon the complexities faced by a couple in live-in relationship. Had the makers concentrated more on its screenplay and duration, it would have been a compelling film   

Bachelor movie review: This romantic drama, starring GV Prakash and Divyabharathi, is engaging in parts

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Story: A youngster with an orthodox mindset starts a live-in relationship with a bold girl. The former gets the shock of his life when he knows that his partner is pregnant. Quite concerned about his conservative family members, he forces his partner to abort pregnancy. However, she refuses to do the same and starts living separately. The girl's parents decide to take the legal route to deal with the issue. What will happen to the panicked youngster? 

Review: Sathish Selvakumar's Bachelor takes its own sweet time to establish its premise and lead characters. The story of a live-in couple is not new to Kollywood, but the director has tried to narrate it with different set of characters and conflicts in this film. Set in the backdrop of Bangalore, the story begins only after its lead characters get to know each other. 

But do they even understand each other despite having spent several days together? The long-drawn-out emotional drama with a few funny episodes has interesting moments. But is that enough to hold the attention of the viewers?

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Darling (GV Prakash) is a Coimbatore-based IT employee, who works in Bangalore. Hailing from a conservative family, he lives along with his friends in the Garden City. As someone who is clueless about his needs and priorities, Darling has been leading quite a mundane life.  

His life witnesses a roller-coaster ride after Subbu's (Divyabharathi) entry. Though she is his colleague, Darling slowly gets to know her only after they get some time to spend with each other at her home. But little did they know that they would become physically close in a few days' time.      

One day, Darling, who goes to attend a family event at his native, gets overwhelmed when Subbu tells him that she is pregnant with his child. He rushes to be with her, but forces her to abort the twin babies. However, a determined Subbu decides to nurture the children.

With no option left, they part ways and Subbu's parents decide to take the legal route against Darling. Subbu's father, a criminal lawyer, comes up a slew of with fabricated evidences to trap him. Upon his friends' suggestions, Darling, on the other hand, is forced to prove that he is impotent. 

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The plot, which has a partly engaging screenplay, entertains the viewers in a few sequences. The complex relationship between Darling and Subbu begin interestingly, thanks to their convincing chemistry, and the actors are apt in their roles. But as the story progresses, the director seems to have sidelined Subbu's issues.

A lot of time has been spent on highlighting Darling's family issues and the legal hassles he goes through. But we get only little on Subbu's state of mind and the trauma she goes through.

An interesting part of the screenplay is the manner in which the director portrayed the difference in the behaviour of a couple in a no strings attached relationship before and after they are about to become parents. A few sequences involving Bagavathi Perumal and Munishkanth bring the house down, thanks to some of the witty one-liners ad hilarious situations.

The entire stretch of sequences where the two actors and other friends of Darling go all out to prove his impotency to help him in the legal case is quite funny. There are a few other breezy and comic bits, too. But the problem is many of these scenes are over-stretched. 

Theni Eswar's cinematography and Siddhu Kumar's background score stand out. With a duration of close to three hours, the film tests our patience at times. The staging of few scenes remind you of some of the moments from Premam, Arjun Reddy and Ishq. The movie ends up as a long-drawn-out romantic drama with partly engaging moments.    

Verdict: Bachelor is a slow-paced emotional drama which touches upon the complexities faced by a couple in live-in relationship. Had the makers concentrated a little more on its screenplay and duration, it would have been an engaging film. 

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Characters must learn how to handle their grief and, more importantly, how to trust others to listen and help. Ultimately champions empathy and understanding.

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The four main characters are flawed but kind, and although they succumb to doubts and fears, they do seem to listen to one another and try to help one another.

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A character cuts herself; she slices into her arm, and blood is shown. A bully is bashed in the head with a lunch tray; brief fight, with punching. Slapping. A wife/mother character is said to be dead. Vomiting/passing out.

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Teen kissing. A couple is shown asleep in bed together. Women are objectified in an early scene; after attractive girls climb off a bus, a boy calls it the "muff truck." Reference to "wild, gymnastic sex." Reference to masturbation. Some sex talk.

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Several uses of "s--t" and a use of "f--k," plus "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation), "ass," "asshat," "jackass," "dumbass," "whore," "d--k," "muff," "freak," "snots," "brain dead," "moron," and middle-finger gestures.

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Parents need to know that The Bachelors is a dramedy about a father and his teen son recovering from the death of their wife/mother. It's quite touching, with themes of empathy, and it should be fine for high-schoolers and up. A teen girl cuts herself; some slicing/blood is shown. There's a brief cafeteria fight between two teen boys; one gets hit with a lunch tray. Teens briefly kiss, and there's some sex talk. Teen girls are objectified in one scene, emerging in slow motion from a bus (the term "muff truck" is used). Language includes a few uses of "s--t" and variations on "ass," plus several other words and insults. An adult takes mood-enhancing medication and drinks socially. Teens hold red cups at a party, though the contents aren't revealed. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails .

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In THE BACHELORS, Bill Palet ( J.K. Simmons ) suddenly decides, following the death of his beloved wife, to move from San Francisco to Los Angeles with his teenage son, Wes ( Josh Wiggins ). There, Bill hopes for a fresh start at a prep school where an old college buddy is headmaster: Bill can be a teacher and Wes, a student. Sports are mandatory, so Wes goes out for cross-country, while Bill starts seeing a therapist ( Harold Perrineau ). Wes also has a French class in which his teacher, Carine ( Julie Delpy ), assigns him to tutor the troubled Lacey ( Odeya Rush ). Wes and Lacey begin a tentative, uneasy friendship, while Carine starts getting to know the lonesome, grieving Bill. Can these two bachelors learn to love again?

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While this tale could easily have tumbled over the edge in any direction, writer/director Kurt Voelker presents it as a balanced, nuanced, and gentle family story that becomes genuinely touching. The Bachelors could have been overly goopy or maudlin, dealing as it does with the death of a loved one, but it's brave enough to face grief in a real way. And the characters might have been one-dimensional, defined by their loss and presented as helpless, but they're not. They have realistic strengths and weaknesses.

The movie could also have been cutesy, with little musical montages and attempts at quirkiness, but even its motif of the car with the reverse-facing passenger seat seems to flow right along with the story. Credit must be given to the excellent cast, especially Simmons and Delpy, who soften the edges they've shown in other movies and play up appealing vulnerabilities. Wiggins and Rush are likewise very good, playing something close to human beings, rather than a movie's idea of "teenagers."

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  • In theaters : October 20, 2017
  • On DVD or streaming : October 20, 2017
  • Cast : Odeya Rush , J.K. Simmons , Julie Delpy , Josh Wiggins
  • Director : Kurt Voelker
  • Inclusion Information : Female actors
  • Studio : Freestyle Digital Media
  • Genre : Drama
  • Topics : High School
  • Character Strengths : Empathy
  • Run time : 108 minutes
  • MPAA rating : NR
  • Last updated : June 20, 2023

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‘Bachelor' Ratings: Joey's Hometowns Mark Franchise's Most-Watched Episode Since 2022, Excluding ‘Golden Bachelor' (EXCLUSIVE)

Joey Graziadei's visits to the hometowns of the women of "The Bachelor" Season 28 marked not only the most-watched episode of his season so far, but reached a larger audience than any episode of "The Bachelor," "The Bachelorette" or "Bachelor in Paradise" since the finale of Clayton Echard's season in 2022 when accounting for three days of viewing. The only series in the franchise to outperform Joey's since then has been the inaugural season of "The Golden Bachelor."

The episode's March 11 airing on ABC averaged a season high 3.8 million viewers according to Live + Same Day data from Nielsen. That number rose by 63.9% to 6.3 million viewers after three days of delayed viewing, inclusive of Hulu and other digital platforms, per a combination of Nielsen data and Disney's own streaming calculations.

In rating among adults age 18-49, the episode started with a 0.7 and grew by 178% to a 1.9 in Multiplatform + 3 - the second highest this season. "The Bachelor" Season 28 has also been competitive with "The Golden Bachelor" by this metric: Only the premiere episode of septuagenarian Gerry Turner's season beat Joey's hometowns in 18-49 rating.

Previous episodes this spring have also been successful for ABC; the March 11 episode marked the eighth week in a row that Season 28 outperformed corresponding telecasts from Season 27, which starred Zach Shallcross.

"The Bachelor" is produced by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon. Executive producers include Claire Freeland, Jason Ehrlich, Bennett Graebner, Peter Gust, Tim Warner, Jodi Baskerville and Jeff Thomas.

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Most Eligible Bachelor Movie Review: Most Eligible Bachelor is a romantic dramedy directed by Bommarillu Baskar starring Akhil Akkineni as an NRI and Pooja Hegde as a standup comic. This wholesome entertainer is produced by Vasu Varma and Bunny Vas.

Harsha (Akhil Akkineni) is a non-resident Indian and the most eligible bachelor who wants to get married. Having a certain job and financial security, he explores life king size. He comes to India to find a suitable partner. In the process, he meets a stand comedian Vibha (Pooja Hegde) but things did not work as Harsha's family rejects Vibha. Meanwhile, Harsha continues following Vibha to woo her and convince her to marry. Later, Vibha reveals that she is not interested in getting married. Why is she not interested in wedding? What did Harsha do then? What happens in the end? Forms the film's story.

Performances

Akhil Akkineni is extremely impressive in the role of Harsha. Since his character is of his age, it looks easy for the actor to unfold the action on the big screen. At the same time, the backdrop suits him too. Compared to his previous outings, Akhil displayed a great variation and improvement in his performance. Pooja Hegde, on the other hand, is extremely good. Pooja's character has got a lot of variations and she even has the scope to perform her part well. The chemistry between the two is good too. Murali Sharma, Pragathi, Sudigali Sudheer , Vennela Kishore, Jayaprakash, Posani Krishna Murali, and others made their presence felt.

Technical Aspects

The camera work and the background score are the major plus points in the movie. The visuals are grand and colorful. The music is good too. A couple of songs that became a big hit were placed nicely. The background score helped the film elevate the emotion well too. The film's writing is impressive in the first half but falls flat in the second half. The production values are grand and lavish.

Most Eligible Bachelor has a thin storyline but it has got a lot of scopes to explore. Director Bhaskar who made a comeback to Tollywood is already known for dealing with strong yet sensitive emotions. However, for this project, the director put his focus on delivering the entertainment rather than pulling the project off with emotions. The first half looks fun and entertaining with a lot of interesting elements. However, the second half falls flat with weak writing and it gets into a preachy mode.

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An occult-obsessed nation is nimbly captured in this found-footage horror film about a late night show gone horribly wrong.

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“Late Night With the Devil” is trimly effective horror of a rare sort: I found myself wishing, halfway through my screening, that I was watching it on my TV. Not because it doesn’t work in a theater — horror almost always benefits from being seen in a crowd — but because its writer-director duo, the brothers Colin and Cameron Cairnes, make shrewd use of some of the uniquely creepy things about television, especially its intimacy. The TV set is in your house, and you’re sitting six feet away from it, and especially in the wee hours of the night, whatever’s staring back at you can feel eerie, or impertinent. Over time, the late night TV host becomes your best friend, or a figure that haunts your fitful dreams.

That’s why people watch late night TV, of course: to laugh, to be entertained and to feel some kind of companionship when the rest of the world goes to bed. “Late Night With the Devil” twists that camaraderie around on itself, layering in familiar 1970s horror tropes about demonic possession, Satanism and the occult. The result is a nasty and delicious, unapologetic pastiche with a flair for menace. I had a blast.

The host of the movie’s invented late night talk and variety show is Jack Delroy (David Dastmalchian), a younger, snappier Johnny Carson who is desperate to climb to the top of the ratings. Framed as found footage wrapped in a pseudo-documentary, the film briefly fills us in on Delroy’s career trajectory hosting “Night Owls With Jack Delroy,” a show that can’t quite overtake its competitors. As narration informs us that Delroy is risking going down in history as an also-ran — always Emmy nominated, never the winner — we learn that we’re about to watch the night that “shocked a nation.”

On Halloween night, 1977, the first in the crucial sweeps week for “Night Owls,” Delroy and his producers come up with a desperate, last ditch idea to spike ratings: they design a show full of spectacle that will tap into the cultural craze for all things occult. The guest list that night includes a medium and a skeptic, plus a parapsychologist and the girl she’s been treating for demonic possession. The master tapes have been found, the narrator informs us, and that’s what we’re about to see. Buckle up.

All of these characters seem familiar. Carmichael the Conjurer (Ian Bliss), the film’s abrasive skeptic, seems based on James Randi , who appeared on “The Tonight Show” to debunk others’ claims to paranormal abilities, most notably the illusionist Uri Geller in 1973. Randi also confronted mediums on live TV (such as this film’s Christou, played by a hammy Fayssal Bazzi) and was an outspoken critic of parapsychology.

“Late Night With the Devil” also evokes “Michelle Remembers,” the now-discredited 1980 best seller by the psychiatrist Lawrence Pazder about his patient, Michelle Smith, who claimed to have been subjected to ritual satanic abuse. Here the doctor is a parapsychologist played by Laura Gordon, whose performance combines vulnerability and conviction in a fruitful counterbalance to some of the camp. She’s accompanied by her charge, Lilly (Ingrid Torelli), whose oscillation from dead-eyed to vibrant is devilishly disquieting. (If there’s one rule in horror, it’s that there’s nothing creepier than a little girl.)

The film moves a little slowly, unfolding at the speed of the “Night Owls” episode. That’s good. We’re forced to watch it all in real time, just as the audience at home would have, which more or less transforms us into those people in 1977, sitting on the couch in the middle of the night, by turns titillated, captivated and horrified by what’s unfolding on live television. Eventually they — we — are sucked into the whole illusion, an effect I can only imagine is enhanced if you’re watching it all unfold on your actual TV set. You aren’t watching a movie anymore; for a few minutes, you’re part of it.

All of this would have been completely seamless, but for one disappointing formal choice. We’re told the master tape we’re about to watch will be accompanied by previously unseen backstage footage shot during commercial breaks. Though it might have been interesting to leave those scenes out, it makes sense that they’re there — it keeps the film from getting too abstract by filling us in on what’s actually happening between segments.

However, the “footage” is shot in a more traditional shot/reverse shot format, like any film might be, which is weirdly inconsistent with the idea that some rogue cameraman was just hanging out backstage, accidentally capturing footage. Instead it feels scripted, like there were filmmakers present to document the unfolding panic. A more hand-held, one-camera approach might have helped to maintain the movie’s illusion — and made everything far more effectively creepy. (I have a similar quibble with a sequence near the film’s ending, though that feels more subject to the suspension of disbelief.)

But this is relatively minor, in the scheme of things. “Late Night With the Devil” reflects something that movies have often explored — the strangely queasy codependent nature of the live TV host and the audience — through an old trope, which suggests that while you might ask God to save your soul, only the devil will give you what your vanity requires. Invert that, refract it and drag it through sludgy, bloody mud, and you get “Late Night With the Devil”: diabolically good fun.

Late Night With the Devil Rated R: Demons, death and disgusting destruction. Running time: 1 hour 33 minutes. In theaters.

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The Russell Crowe renaissance feels like it’s just around the corner. Although I've been saying that since " The Nice Guys ," so I could be wrong. He’s undeniably reached a phase of his career in which he has nothing left to prove, and he’s often the best thing about every project he’s in. (He made “The Pope’s Exorcist” so much better than it would have been with anyone else in that part, and I kinda hope they make five more.) It really just comes down to the right filmmaker having faith in his natural ability. This is the reason I was drawn to Adam Cooper ’s “ Sleeping Dogs ,” a film that looked like it could be Crowe’s “ Memento ,” a twisty noir that plays with memory, perception, and a very unreliable narrator. While Crowe gives more to this drowsy film than it deserves, it actually has me concerned now that the Oscar winner might head in the other direction, getting sucked into the world of cheapie VOD thrillers that have dominated the resumes of actors who used to be more discerning (sorry, Travolta fans). Crowe is better than “Sleeping Dogs.” Most actors are.

Based on The Book of Mirrors by E.O. Chirovici, “Sleeping Dogs” opens with its protagonist deep in the waking nightmare of dementia. Retired cop Roy Freeman (Crowe) has taped notes around his house that remind him of not only basic things like how to make toast but his own name. Of course, this is going to be one of those films with a “plot-convenient illness,” a particularly egregious bit of illness exploitation in my opinion, one that holds the protagonist back when the plot needs it to or just disappears when it’s time to build momentum. Roy is also undergoing some radical treatments that involve brain surgery and constant medication because why not? The set-up allows a traditional cop character to investigate a crime he once closed as if he’s doing so for the first time. Anyone who has ever seen a movie knows he will re-discover some things he forgot for a reason.

The re-investigation is launched by the imminent death row execution of Isaac Samuel ( Pacharo Mzembe ), convicted for the bloody murder of a professor and researcher named Dr. Joseph Wieder ( Marton Csokas ), a decade earlier. Samuel is obviously innocent—no movie otherwise—and flashbacks reveal that he was there when Wieder was murdered but didn’t see the doctor’s assailant. Roy decides to dig into the case, taking him back into the path of his former partner Jimmy Remis ( Tommy Flanagan , trying to out-grizzle his co-star), who keeps encouraging Roy to let sleeping dogs lie. Get it? That’s the title of the movie.

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Reviews of Lindsay Lohan's Netflix movie 'Irish Wish' are pretty scathing, but say it has a saving grace

  • Netflix's latest rom-com, "Irish Wish," is set in Ireland and stars Lindsay Lohan.
  • Critics have praised Lohan's chemistry with her costar Ed Speleers.
  • However, they say the movie doesn't have many Irish actors and is filled with stereotypes.

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Critics have mostly blasted Netflix's "Irish Wish," the new Lindsay Lohan movie on Netflix, saying it is hokey and not very Irish.

The movie follows Maddie (Lohan), an American editor, who visits Ireland to attend the wedding of her crush, Paul Kennedy (Alexander Vlahos), and her best friend, Emma (Elizabeth Tan).

Maddie makes a wish and finds herself in an alternate universe where she is engaged to Paul, and Emma is the bridesmaid. Ed Speleers plays another handsome suitor Maddie meets on her magical journey.

After "Falling for Christmas," "Irish Wish" is the second holiday-themed Netflix movie starring Lohan and has the same director, Janeen Damian. "Irish Wish" and an upcoming movie, "Our Little Secret," were part of a two-movie deal between Lohan and Netflix.

The current Rotten Tomato critic score for "Irish Wish" is 34%, and the audience score is 44%, but that doesn't mean the movie is unwatchable.

Some viewers said the chemistry between Lindsay Lohan and Speleers is a saving grace for the movie.

Here's what critics have said about "Irish Wish."

For a movie about Ireland, "Irish Wish" is not very Irish, according to critics.

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"Irish Wish" is set in Ireland , features an Irish saint, and was released on St Patrick's Day. But if you want to learn something new about Irish culture, you should probably look elsewhere.

From Empire review editor John Nugent:

"As with its Irish-romcom forebears, it is chock-full of hoary clichés: establishing shots of rolling fields, fiddle-heavy folk music, a leprechaun-esque fantasy character, some live-laugh-love-esque fetishisation of Guinness, and an array of head-scratching accents (the main Irish character here is in fact played by a Welshman)."

Nugent and other critics also pointed out that very few Irish actors are in the movie.

Vlahos, who plays Paul, is Welsh, although Irish actors play Paul's brother and father.

Some critics also pointed out that the "Irish Wish" version of Saint Brigid doesn't match her personality from folklore.

"Brigid, the matron saint of Ireland, is known in legends for feeding the hungry and healing the sick," Johnny Oleksinski wrote for the New York Post . "Here, she's the genie from "Aladdin" and is costumed for a summer stock production of 'Brigadoon.'"

Critics agreed that the movie was formulaic, although not all critics thought it was a bad thing.

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Many critics were critical of the movie's use of rom-com clichés, such as the love triangle or the lovers-trapped-in-a-storm trope.

Vulture features writer Rachel Handler went so far as to describe the movie as an "AI-generated harbinger of a doomed future where machines make facsimiles of art while humans do their terrible bidding."

Some critics were nicer, including Collider news editor Maggie Lovitt, who argued that rom-coms are meant to be formulaic.

"It's a fun romantic romp, filled to the brim with gorgeous scenery, gorgeous clothing, and beautiful people," Lovitt wrote. "Revel in the simplicity of the formulaic simplicity of yet another magically contrived rom-com, and rejoice that 'Leap Year' has been dethroned (during a leap year, no less) as the best rom-com set in Ireland."

Other critics, such as Nugent and Digital Spy Deputy Movie Editor Mireia Mullor, called it a comfort watch.

"Netflix rom-com can be a little 'seen one, seen them all,' which is both frustrating (is this the best we could do with the genre? Really?) and, paradoxically, blissfully comfortable," Mullor wrote.

Critics were conflicted on whether the views of the Irish countryside were gorgeous or cartoonish.

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"Irish Wish" may not use the bulk of Ireland's acting talent, but it does take advantage of its scenery, from Lough Tay to the Cliffs of Moher. Some critics loved this part of the movie.

Indiewire 's Samantha Bergeson wrote: "The gorgeous imagery and lush scenery will likely make audiences forget all about other CGI-heavy features that skimp on using real places to make sudsy stories feel even remotely grounded in the real world."

However, some critics thought the vibrant colors made the movie seem cartoonish.

Oleksinski, the New York Post critic, wrote: "Whenever the characters venture outdoors, the sky is made to look so strenuously blue and the grass such a plutonium green, we expect Tinky Winky and the Teletubbies to enter any moment."

Critics said the chemistry between Lindsay Lohan and Ed Speleers was the best part.

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While Lohan and Speleers' performance doesn't save "Irish Wish," it has been praised by many critics.

"Lohan and Speleers have sweet chemistry , and that alone would be enough to prove Maddie and James are the true love story," ScreenRant critic Rachel Labonte wrote.

Variety's chief film critic Owen Gleiberman also wrote: "The movie is as frothy as the foam on a pint of Guinness, as formulaic as the last disposable Netflix rom-com. Yet these two make you believe that they belong together, and not every romantic comedy does that."

Of the two stars, Speleers got the most fanfare from critics, with Gleibermann writing that he was the "most charismatic British actor I've seen in quite a while."

Bergeson from Indiewire also praised Speleers for his "A-lister-in-the-making charisma."

If you're wondering how Irish critics feel about "Irish Wish," Liam Fay, a critic for The Sunday Times Ireland, was not a fan.

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The Sunday Times Ireland critic Liam Fay's main criticism is that the movie feels like "a bland fairy-tale set in a theme-park Ireland."

He said the acting was "cardboard stiff," the slapstick humor in the movie was overdone, and the film was not a true reflection of Ireland.

"Scenery is extensively deployed as filler, diversion and atmosphere-provider as there is precious little story and zero drama," Fay wrote at one point.

One of the few positive notes in Fay's review is that the movie captures Ireland's scenery well.

"'Irish Wish' is an excellent advertisement for a variety of Irish touchstones," he wrote before adding. "But, as a film, it's as dumb as a box of rocks."

Overall, "Irish Wish" is fun.

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Screen Rant's Labonte said people looking for a cheesy rom-com would enjoy it.

Lovitt from Collider said the movie felt like a "grown-up Disney Channel Original Movie complete with outlandish magical elements, cookie-cutter perfection, and an utterly tame romance."

Indiewire's Bergeson wrote that "Irish Wish" isn't as great as Lohan's previous Netflix movie " Falling for Christmas " and feels more like a Hallmark Channel movie.

Overall, it seems "Irish Wish" has major flaws, but you may enjoy the movie if you come in with the right perspective.

Disclosure: Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Business Insider's parent company, Axel Springer, is a Netflix board member.

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