“The Bachelor” accommodates a story centering on undeveloped characters and the one dimensional situations they are placed into. The male romantic lead here is played Chris O’Donnell, and his name is Jimmie Shannon, who is supposedly in love with the usually dependable Renée Zellweger, where here is Anne. Jimmie and Anne are developed within a brief three minute opening scene where one meets the other at a coffee house when they exchange about ten words with each other. Their conversation is of pointless proportions, and has no clue of preparing any romantic chemistry or witty dialogue for us. Thus there is no believable quality between Anne and Jimmie, and this is just the opening sequence. How can a romance be effective if we don’t buy the couple as a couple from the first scene?
It’s a movie that almost seems to promise hilarity yet strangely the movie isn’t that funny. In fact it’s not that interesting either, though certainly not unwatchable. Yet for some reason, even though this movie contains two warm likable charismatic leads, the movie never picks up steam.
By the time you reach the end of the movie where literally HUNDREDS of brides are chasing Jimmie in full bride regalia, you want them to trample him just to hurry up and get this movie over with. D