The Bachelor (1999 film)

The Bachelor is a 1999 American romantic comedy film directed by Gary Sinyor and written by Steve Cohen. It is a remake of the 1925 film Seven Chances and stars Chris O'Donnell and Renée Zellweger. The film received negative reviews from critics and grossed $36.9 million against its $21 million budget.

The Bachelor
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGary Sinyor
Screenplay bySteve Cohen
Based onSeven Chances
by Roi Cooper Megrue
Seven Chances (screenplay)
by Jean C. Havez
Produced byJeffrey T. Barabe
Bing Howenstein
Lloyd Segan
CinematographySimon Archer
Edited byRobert M. Reitano
Florence Vinger
Music byDavid A. Hughes
John Murphy
George Street Pictures
Distributed byNew Line Cinema
Release date
  • November 5, 1999 (1999-11-05)
Running time
101 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$21 million[1]
Box office$36.9 million


A bachelor, after spoiling his proposal to his girlfriend of three years, discovers that his grandfather has died and left him the family business under the conditions that he be married by 6:05 p.m. on his 30th birthday (which, is the next day), that he not be apart from his bride for more than a week at a time over the next 10 years of their marriage, and that they must attempt to produce a child sometime during the first five years of their marriage, leading to the bachelor, his friends, and a priest to scramble over the next few hours in search of a bride.

If Jimmy fails, business competitor Oden Sports will buy the company. Meanwhile, Anne has second thoughts and returns to her apartment, which she shares with her sister Natalie (Marley Shelton). Natalie talks Anne into going home to go visit their parents for the night.

A desperate Jimmie opens a shoebox full of photos of old girlfriends, and begins to track them down. First he sees Stacey (Rebecca Cross), an oil futures trader, who turns out to be engaged. Second is Zoe (Stacy Edwards), a window dresser. Jimmie goes to see her, but just after, he runs off after a woman who he thinks is Anne. He returns to find Zoe has set a mannequin on fire.

He strikes out with an opera singer (Mariah Carey) and a cop (Jennifer Esposito). Soon his list is depleted, but his last choice accepts— Buckley (Brooke Shields), who detests Jimmie but wants his money to prop up her family's fortune. As the priest tries to conduct the ceremony, she gradually learns the other conditions of the will. Horrified, she drives away.

Anne misses Jimmie and heads back to the city. Trying to locate him, she calls Marco to arrange dinner with Jimmie.

As everyone scrambles to help Jimmie save the family business, Jimmie realizes the "effect" of marriage, as the priest reveals how he took on the priesthood after his wife died, and that he was proud to be married and produce a family in the process.

Realizing that he loves Anne and is ready to 'take the plunge', Jimmie, after being up all night, rests in the church where Marco had promised to deliver a bride. He awakens to find hundreds of women dressed as brides waiting for him. After trying to settle the women down, Marco lies and says it was all a prank. Marco reveals that Anne is on her way back, so Jimmie flees to the train station, ordering a cake on the way. He makes it there after escaping the brides. He finds Anne in the train, but she has discovered a newspaper with its front page asking, "Would you marry this man for $100 million?" with Jimmie's picture beside. She is upset, but he professes his love for her and they reconcile.

Natalie finds a discarded wedding dress in the station, and Anne puts it on in the bathroom. She opens the door to see hundreds of brides run past, chasing Jimmie. Jimmie flees. He eventually climbs up a flight on a fire escape and shouts for Anne, as the brides gather below. The priest begins to conduct the ceremony over a loudspeaker from inside a police car, causing many 'brides' to attack the car. Anne, in the crowd, makes her way through and up to Jimmie. Anne convinces the other women to be happy and let it be her day.



Critical receptionEdit

The Bachelor holds a 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 70 reviews with the consensus: "Clichéd, witless and irritating, The Bachelor proves that Chris O'Donnell is no Buster Keaton."[2]

Box officeEdit

The film opened at number 3 at the North American box office behind The Bone Collector and House on Haunted Hill making $7.5 million USD in its opening weekend.[3] The Bachelor ultimately grossed $37 million worldwide making it a modest box success.


  1. ^ "The Bachelor (1999) - Financial Information".
  2. ^ "The Bachelor (1999)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2020-03-27.
  3. ^ "Bone Collector Makes Winning Debut". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-10.

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