Sunday, September 4, 2011

HOT: Bachelor Party

As many people probably know, Tom Hanks' career started off more on the comedic side before he finally moved on to more dramatic roles.

This, of course, can be seen in his television series Bosom Buddies where he dressed up as a woman in order to live in an apartment.

Well, his first jump into major motion pictures came with 1984's Bachelor Party, and that is where this Hanks-O-Thon gets underway.

Hanks stars as Rick Gassko, a school bus driver who has never really grown up, and is getting married to Debbie Thompson (Tawny Kitaen). Thompson comes from a well-to-do family, who cannot get over the fact that she is marrying Rick.

Her father, Ed Thompson (George Grizzard), even goes as far to get a family friend who is in love with Debbie, Cole Whittier (Robert Prescott) to sabotage Debbie and Rick's relationship. Cole decides to do this during Rick's bachelor party.

Debbie has asked Rick to have a nice, but hooker-free bachelor party. Rick's friends, however, have other ideas. Jay (Adrian Zmed), Rick's brother Stan (William Tepper) and his other friends have rented a huge hotel room, complete with alcohol, drugs, a band and lovely ladies of the night.

Rick always seems to be one-step ahead of everyone, including Cole and his soon-to-be wife, who happens to be spying on her fiance.

For a film that was released in 1984, it holds up pretty darn well. It is something that I could actually see getting made at the present time - a ton of American Pieish type laughs and goofs.

Was it juvenile? Absolutely. But, it did make me laugh quite a bit throughout. A good start to Hanks' career and this Hanks-O-Thon.


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