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Bachelor Party Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 17+

'80s sex comedy is extremely raunchy, graphic.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is not intended for kids. The comedy's motto "Chicks and guns and drugs and booze and fire trucks -- all the things that make life worth living for!" cues sex/nudity, prostitution (made to looks like fun), and suggestions of lesbian, gay, and human-animal coupling. Drinking is jovial; drug jokes include a donkey (hired for a sex act) fatally overdosing. Swearing is at mild PG-13 level. Hotel property is gleefully trashed. Racial stereotypes include black pimps and horny Japanese men. Wealthy, upscale (AKA non-partying, polite) people are depicted negatively. Running jokes about suicide. Do-not-try-this-at-home stuff with a crossbow. Schoolkids are shown gambling (with the adult driver Rick's approval). Some mockery of nuns, for any conservative Catholics who might still be watching at the 70-minute mark.

  • Families can talk about what parts they thought were funny and what parts were just sick. Does the 1984 humor hold up to today's standards?
  • Ask teens if they think Rick and Debbie will be happy as husband and wife.

The good stuff
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    Messages: Message, if there is one, seems that true love, even for a wild-and-crazy guy like Rick, can survive incredible temptation (though sour undercurrent is that all Rick's married friends regret leaving bachelorhood behind and try to talk him out of the wedding). Side theme that aristocratic, wealthy folks are uptight and unpleasant; low-class dudes like Rick are more tolerant, fun, and maybe even ethically superior (of course, guess who the target audience for Bachelor Party was?).

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    Role models: Bad role models abound in this party-guy wish-fulfillment, with the qualifier that Rick, for all his bawdiness, is faithful to live-in fiancée Debbie, even in a hyper-sexual atmosphere, and protects her from an obsessed suitor. Rick's motley pals who are wedded are unhappy (one's even suicidal) about the idea of marriage. As in most comedies, rich people (Debbie's family) are unpleasant snobs. A black man and -- in a racial-reversal gag, an Asian Indian -- are stereotypical pimps. Hotel roomful of Japanese men depicted as lechers.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A fist fight. A threatened assassination by crossbow. A jealous wife beats up her husband. A character tied up and dangled outside a window.

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    Sex: Full-frontal female nudity in one scene. Scantily clad "hookers," who do kinky S&M lesbian sex acts just out of camera. Male strippers shown, one with a huge penis (barely off screen) a woman accidentally fondles. Plans for a donkey and an exotic dancer to mate (a drug accident interferes). Male bare buttocks. A porn film eagerly screened (the joke: except for flashes, serious sex/nudity got mysteriously cut). Condoms shown, plentiful suggestive dialogue about oral sex and other techniques. Rick and Debbie live together but aren't married. Rick's friends, including husbands, take turns with prostitutes (off screen). One pairs up with a male transvestite without realizing it.

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    Language: "T-ts," "a-hole," "bitch," dick," the s-word (again and again, including a subtitle), the f-word once.

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    Consumerism: Shopping-mall stores, hotels, and high-consumerist Los Angeles landmarks comprise a lot of the setting and set a tone. Mickey Mouse and Nike logos, beer labels, car makes, automotive products, theater chains, references to appliance brands, James Bond, Star Wars, pop-rock bands in posters and dialogue.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Tons of drinking. A depressed character uses pills (specifically Quaaludes). A donkey overdoses on pills and cocaine. Smoking, including a doctor rarely without his pipe.