Ever felt the chill wind of déjà vu
? You will with Stag
, as its entire premise follows that of director Peter Berg's none-more-black comedy Very Bad Things
to the letter--except that Stag
actually came first. While Very Bad Things
starred Cameron Diaz and Christian Slater and therefore got a cinema release, Stag
stars (oh dear) Mario Van Peebles, ex-Brat Pack star Andrew McCarthy and Taylor Dayne, and therefore didn't grace the silver screen.
Van Peebles plays Michael, the loyal best friend and housemate of Victor (John Stockwell) who is poised to leave the buddy fold for marriage and domesticity. So, being a pal, Michael organises a surprise stag party for Victor, and invites along a host of their old crowd--including, regrettably, drug dealer and racketeer Pete (McCarthy), and the obligatory pair of strippers, Serena and Kelly (Dayne and Jenny McShane). Of course, things swiftly turn rowdy, Kelly falls to her wholly accidental death, and the boys have to cover up the death fast. Having established this nightmarish scenario, Stag veers away from the Gap-ad Grand Guignol of Very Bad Things and instead attempts to juggle suspense, melodrama, and a fairly ponderous examination of modern-male morality. The results aren't particularly edifying, but they do display a certain conviction, even if it's never satisfactorily explained why Van Peebles spends the entire film without eyebrows. Them's the breaks. --Danny Leigh
Victor Mallik has it all-money, looks, charm, and he is about to marry the woman of his dreams. But most of all, he is in total control. Until the night of his stag party. As his buddies from the old days mingle awkwardly with his new proffessional friends and associates, a couple of strippers arrive to spice up the evening. But in the middle of the sex, drugs and rock n' roll, tragedy strikes, as one of the strippers is killed when an innocent party game turns in to a nightmare. Facing the possibility of a jail sentance for their part in her death, the ten men must decide what story to tell the world, and most importantly, what to do with the only eye witness-the other stripper.