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The Bachelors

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2017
  • Kurt Voelker
  • 95 mins
  • 15

Summary

After the early death of his wife, a mourning father moves with his teenage son across the country for a private school teaching job. Their lives begin to transform due to two unique women, who help them embrace life and love again.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Writer/director Kurt Voelker proves that novelty isn't everything in this deceptively affecting study of male grief. At times, the story of teacher JK Simmons's inability to come to terms with the death of his wife barely feels a notch above a TV-movie weepie, especially when vivacious colleague Julie Delpy takes a shine to him. And despite the efforts of a psychiatrist (Harold Perrineau), Simmons's teacher loses himself in the desolation of loss, with the result that he barely has the emotional energy to help his teenage son (Josh Wiggins) with his own grief. Instead, he channels his anguish into supporting a self-harming classmate (Odeya Rush) in a subplot that tips the material further into mawkishness. Yet the sincerity of the scripting and the conviction of the performances keep us engaged, even when the occasional scene rings hollow as Voelker hastens towards an upbeat conclusion.

Credits

Cast

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Bill PaletJ K Simmons
Carine RousselJulie Delpy
Lacy WestmanOdeya Rush
Wes PaletJosh Wiggins
Paul AbernacKevin Dunn
Dr RollensHarold Perrineau
RafiTyrel Jackson Williams
GoberJae Head
TaberSpencer List
Barbara WestonJean Louisa Kelly
Davis WestmanTom Amandes

Crew

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DirectorKurt Voelker

Details

Theatrical distributor
Bulldog
Released on
2018-03-30
Languages
English
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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