Very Bad Things: Peter Berg’s Tale of Bachelor Party

In Very Bad Things, actor-director Peter Berg makes the mistake of thinking that his politically incorrect tale is clever and hip; he even casts a real porn star to play the hooker.

Centering on five friends whose bachelor party in Las Vegas ends disastrously, the film aims at criticizing bourgeois hypocrisy and moral complacency. But instead of examining this phenomenon, the movie sinks to a level of smugness that only a young, immature director like Berg (better known for his acting roles in TV’s Chicago Hope and others) could have created.