Posted: 09/03/2004

 

Bachelorman

(2004)

by Del Harvey



David DeLuise plays Ted Davis, a programming exec for a sports cable network who considers himself an authority on the single lifestyle. Ted’s “not crazy enough to think he’s God’s gift to women — just optimistic enough to think that women are God’s gift to him.” Ted is a man’s man, a ladies man, a super-hero: He’s “BachelorMan.”


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Ted Davis (David DeLuise—Buying The Cow, Dracula: Dead and Loving It) is programming exec for a struggling cable sports network, and the fate of the entire channel has been foisted off onto his shoulders. He’s been charged with coming up with the one show that will save the network’s failing ratings. His work partner and the woman assigned to manage his project, Meg (Karen Bailey serving double duty as producer/actress), is constantly covering for Ted’s absence, claiming he’s out creating the most amazing show they’ve ever seen.

In truth, Ted has become smitten with his new neighbor, Heather (Missi Pyle—Along Came Polly, Galaxy Quest). Heather is a lovely young woman who keeps telling Ted the one word he never hears, “No.” To add insult to injury, every night there are the unmistakable sounds of hot ‘n heavy sexual activity coming from Heather’s apartment. They’re so loud they’ve begun to interfere with Ted’s success in bed; his dates are all creeped out by Heather’s screaming, “Oh, Yeah, Baby!!!” at the top of her lungs. Ted is determined to bed Heather.

But doing so may just be his undoing.

Bachelorman is one of those rare treats that we rarely see in an undistributed form here at Film Monthly. A film this good usually finds a home before ever making it to the review circuit. It’s almost baffling that this film hasn’t found a market, yet. The performances, the direction, the cinematography and soundtrack, the production quality, and most of all the script are all a cut above. This film has the look and feel of a major motion picture.

All actors, from leads David DeLuise (son of Dom DeLuise) and Missi Pyle down to the most minor of roles and cameos (stand up comic Blake Clark) all turn in fine performances. Direction by John Putch, who gave us the equally fine Pursuit of Happiness, is superior. The script, co-written by supporting cast member Rodney Lee Conover and Jeffrey Hause and David Hines, is right on the mark. It’s full of real characters that we root for and want to know better who find themselves in life’s oddest and funniest situations, and it’s all based on simple relationship conflicts, which we can all understand.

At the time of this review’s post Bachelorman has been scheduled for release in the Greater Chicago area on Thursday, September 23rd. For more information, click here.

If you love a good comedy, enjoy laughing at the silly situations we often find ourselves in when in love, or just want to see the latest really good example of how to make your own independent film, then you have to see Bachelorman. It’s a great little romantic comedy and a whole lot of fun to watch.

Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly and teaches screenwriting at Columbia College Chicago.



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