Anytime you go to the video store these days, there's inevitably a direct-to-video sequel of a movie you've heard of, with actors you probably haven't. In an attempt to squeeze more bucks out of video store rentals, studios have produced an increasing amount of cheaply made sequels to popular films, leading to franchises having an increasingly long lifespan - I mean, did anyone ever think there would be a 6th "American Pie"? Surprisingly, the films have not yet had any tie-ins with Baker's Square.
However, rarely has a direct-to-video sequel reached back this far. Do any young people these days even remember the original "Bachelor Party", the 1984 film that starred Tom Hanks? Probably not. I can just hear a few people now wondering, "Is Tom Hanks in this one, too?" Uh, no - I think he was probably busy. Original co-writers Pat Proft and Neal Israel are credited again here, although one wonders if they weren't just brought in last minute to punch up a couple of gags from main writer Jay Longino, whose only previous credits are as the editor of a few stand-up specials.
The film stars Josh Cooke (who's sort of like a new version of Jonathan Silverman) as Ron, a 20-30-something "everyguy" who is all set to propose to Melinda (the previously sorta promising Sara Foster), although, due to a mix-up, his ring-in-a-sundae is delivered to a woman who thinks it's her husband's gift - and she won't give it back. The two wrestle over the ring and somehow he and Melinda are arrested, but not before he can propose to her.
As the plans get together, Ron's new cousin Todd (Warren Christie) doesn't want Ron anywhere near the family business, so he decides to "treat" Ron and his idiot friends (Harland Williams, Greg Pitts, and Danny Jacobs - Pitts being the guy who made the "O Face" comment from "Office Space" into his 15 minutes of fame) to a weekend in Miami. However, Todd has other plans - he wants to catch Ron cheating in order to break off the engagement.
So starts a series of fart jokes, a strange Nazi joke, some stripper fighting, gay jokes, nudity and well, just about everything you'd expect from this sort of picture. The one thing that I didn't expect from the picture is that it looks like it was filmed shortly after the 1984 original. While I was admittedly watching the picture on a screening copy, the picture looked like it was filmed with old film stock by someone who'd had a couple drinks with the crew before picking up the camera.
The performances are all pretty forced, but I guess at least everyone looks like they had a decent time filming in the sun and surf (the commentary talks about a couple of instances where the actors filmed scenes wasted), and that sort of loose feeling to the picture does at least give the picture a decent enough energy. Additionally, in a time where sex comedies often don't show that much nudity, this picture has a pretty fair amount. If you want to rent one movie where a lot of women show off bad implants this year, consider this one (that so should have been on the front cover.)
This is a junky little direct-to-video sex romp - there's little in the way of specifics to like about it, but it does attain a certain thrown-together "so bad its decent" level and ended up being a (very) mindless way to pass a Sunday morning.
VIDEO: "Bachelor Party 2" is presented by 20th Century Fox in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. The screening copy of the film that was provided offered below par image quality, with mediocre sharpness/detail and some considerable artifacting in several scenes. The film itself was obviously done on the cheap, and However, this is still not the retail copy and hopefully, the final product will offer better image quality.
SOUND: The film's Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack offered little in the way of surround activity, which is about what one might expect from a picture like this one. Audio quality is just fine, with crisp dialogue.
EXTRAS: A feature-length audio commentary from director James Ryan and actors Warren Christie, Harland Williams, Danny Jacobs, Greg Pitts, and Josh Cooke is offered. The commentary is funnier than the movie itself, as the group plays a drinking game as they watch the movie, chattering away about the nudity, the locations and the nudity and some of the ridiculous behind-the-scene stories and the nudity. 18 deleted scenes, a gag reel, alternate takes, trailer and a 10-minute "making of" featurette.
Final Thoughts: As mindless sex comedies go, this is very mindless and does have some nudity, but it forgot to bring the funny - only a few scattered jokes work and the rest either fall flat or get groans. A slight rental recommendation for those in the mood for this sort of flick.
The Film C-