A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Characters must learn how to handle their grief and, more importantly, how to trust others to listen and help. Ultimately champions empathy and understanding.
Positive Role Models
The four main characters are flawed but kind, and although they succumb to doubts and fears, they do seem to listen to one another and try to help one another.
Violence & Scariness
A character cuts herself; she slices into her arm, and blood is shown. A bully is bashed in the head with a lunch tray; brief fight, with punching. Slapping. A wife/mother character is said to be dead. Vomiting/passing out.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teen kissing. A couple is shown asleep in bed together. Women are objectified in an early scene; after attractive girls climb off a bus, a boy calls it the "muff truck." Reference to "wild, gymnastic sex." Reference to masturbation. Some sex talk.
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Several uses of "s--t" and a use of "f--k," plus "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation), "ass," "asshat," "jackass," "dumbass," "whore," "d--k," "muff," "freak," "snots," "brain dead," "moron," and middle-finger gestures.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens hold red plastic cups at a party (contents unknown, but alcohol is implied). Adults drink socially. An adult takes prescription mood-enhancers.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Bachelors is a dramedy about a father and his teen son recovering from the death of their wife/mother. It's quite touching, with themes of empathy, and it should be fine for high-schoolers and up. A teen girl cuts herself; some slicing/blood is shown. There's a brief cafeteria fight between two teen boys; one gets hit with a lunch tray. Teens briefly kiss, and there's some sex talk. Teen girls are objectified in one scene, emerging in slow motion from a bus (the term "muff truck" is used). Language includes a few uses of "s--t" and variations on "ass," plus several other words and insults. An adult takes mood-enhancing medication and drinks socially. Teens hold red cups at a party, though the contents aren't revealed. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
While this tale could easily have tumbled over the edge in any direction, writer/director Kurt Voelker presents it as a balanced, nuanced, and gentle family story that becomes genuinely touching. The Bachelors could have been overly goopy or maudlin, dealing as it does with the death of a loved one, but it's brave enough to face grief in a real way. And the characters might have been one-dimensional, defined by their loss and presented as helpless, but they're not. They have realistic strengths and weaknesses.
The movie could also have been cutesy, with little musical montages and attempts at quirkiness, but even its motif of the car with the reverse-facing passenger seat seems to flow right along with the story. Credit must be given to the excellent cast, especially Simmons and Delpy, who soften the edges they've shown in other movies and play up appealing vulnerabilities. Wiggins and Rush are likewise very good, playing something close to human beings, rather than a movie's idea of "teenagers."
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