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|Laufzeit:||Ca. 94 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
The wedding of Ruth (Amy Huberman) and Fionnan (Hugh O`Conor) is approaching in big steps. And while the sensitive bridegroom is fully involved in planning the celebration, his enthusiasm drives not only the wedding planner, but also his future wife to the brink of madness. That's why Ruth decides to commission Fionnan's best friend Davin (Andrew Scott) to plan a spectacular bachelor party. Not an easy task, because Fionnan doesn't like bachelor parties at all. The fact that Davin is also to invite Ruth's brother, who is not called "The Machine" (Peter McDonald) without reason, to the celebration does not make the task any easier. But then he has a brilliant idea: he invites the closest circle of friends to a relaxing weekend in the Irish wilderness and forgets to invite "The Machine". So nothing stands in the way of a nice weekend with friends. But suddenly Fionnan's brother-in-law is standing in front of the small troop and a chaos trip begins, during which "The Machine" turns out to be the least problem for the men…
The beginning of John Butler's feature film debut "The Bachelor Weekend" suggests another "Hangover" variant. The initial situation promises to be a pure foreign shame comedy and the character of "The Machine" seems to be just another Stifler clone, as it has been endured dozens of times since the success of the "American Pie" movies. However, even if the comedy has some scorn and deeper jokes to offer, the bottom line is that the first appearance is deceptive. Surely the stag party in the Irish wilderness is not a subtle head cinema. The viewer is not offered any big surprises or subtle humour. However, this turbulent comedy offers witty entertainment of a more charming kind.
This is, of course, partly because of the neat script, which offers some very good laughs, but also some nice interpersonal moments and doesn't just rely on the simple jokes. On the other hand, the film also works because of the good cast. Hugh O'Conor as groom is perfectly cast with a slightly too pronounced female side and Andrew Scott ("Sherlock") as his best man with a dark secret is the perfect counterweight. Peter McDonald is a bit thick at the beginning, but in the course of the film he adds some other sides to his character, which make "The Machine" a more interesting character than it seems at first.
Some very nice landscape shots and some really funny ideas also make this story about not exactly uncomplicated friendships between men into amusing cinema entertainment. A camping trip of a more chaotic kind, which has the heart in the right place and can score with its sympathetic characters. Even if many a cliché is a little overused here, in the end for friends of light comedies there is a very clear one: Worth seeing!
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