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Overall Rating
1.71

Awesome: 7.06%
Worth A Look: 3.53%
Average: 7.06%
Pretty Bad: 17.65%
Total Crap64.71%

6 reviews, 49 user ratings


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Date Movie
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by William Goss

"Date Scrape"
2 stars

From two of the six writers behind the 'Scary Movie' films comes 'Date Movie,' or 'When Harry Met Mr. & Mrs. Smith at My Legally Blonde Best Friendís Big Fat Greek Wedding in Sweet Home Alabama, which was Crashed by King Kong, Shallow Hal, Napoleon Dynamite, and Bridget Jones as Hitch discovered What Women Want: How To Say Anything To Lose A Guy In Ten Days whenever they Meet the Parents and Kill Bill.' I just saved you ten bucks and eighty minutes.

Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the above-mentioned writers, share the helm of their debut feature in their mission to mercilessly lampoon romantic comedies. Okay, so any comedies will do. Wait, just movies in general. How about a few TV shows and celebrities for good measure? After all, what screams 'rom-com spoof' more than appearances by Lilí Jon and parodies of Pimp My Ride and Paris Hilton commercials?

The basic premise follows the transformation of Julia Jones (Alyson Hannigan) from an overweight spinster-to-be to a bombshell that wins the heart of Grant Fonckyerdoder (Adam Campbell). On this shaky foundation, Friedberg and Seltzer start to chuck in as many jokes as possible and win the audience over with their go-for-broke spirit. Most parodies suffer from a scattershot delivery, and when a joke hits, itís a redeemable nugget amongst many that miss. However, such abandon soon goes from winning to waning, as the filmís material begins to run thin within an hour, resulting in increasingly desperate and decreasingly relevant humor.

While the film manages to incorporate several tangents in a less cumbersome manner (recurring cheap shots at Jennifer Lopezís The Wedding Planner and Will Smithís Hitch come to mind), the inclusion of something like Michael Jackson lusting after the kiddies fails to be justified as anything other than filler. Even when the pairís parents are supposedly modeled on Meet the Fockers, Eddie Griffin shows up as Juliaís pop (she's white; he's black and Greek!), while the usually dependable Fred Willard and Jennifer Coolidge make a lazy effort to fill in the Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand roles. In fact, the meeting of the parents does provide one of the more amusing moments, a literal throwaway gag one could blink and miss. However, that is a joke of physical comedy, not of true parody, something the filmmakers tend to forget. When the going gets dull, it is usually due to a weak imitation of assorted stale references. I mean, why make fun of something if the bit in question was pretty funny five years ago, right?

Truth be told, no matter how dire things get, Hannigan seems more than willing to take on even the most outlandish scenes. Besides, there's nothing like that redhead in a certain yellow jumpsuit to keep your eyes on the screen. The entire time Hannigan's on screen, there is a regular confidence, a sense that she never forgets exactly what she is playing at, a vibe that newcomer Campbell seems to lack. Even for a rom-com crush, he seems somewhat uncomfortable in a position of constant ridicule. Between that, his mediocre looks, and an useless accent (even if itís his actual accent, it distracts instead of adding to the role), Campbell comes across as an ill fit for the character, a mere shade of leading man. Sharing the initial billing is Carmen Electra, which is quite peculiar, considering her rather minute participation in an obviously tacked-on finale involving a certain monkey movie. (No, not Curious George, but that other one.)

To be fair, the comedy is not without its morsels. While it is quite refreshing to see a reference to indie documentary 'Rize' (something creative AND recent, although still not a date movie), chances are that the majority of moviegoers will be slouched down far enough for the joke to zoom right over their heads, with room to spare. However, one of the earliest laughs turns out to be somewhat foreboding in hindsight: in reaction to the obese Julia arriving on the sidewalk, a construction worker puts a nail gun to his head and shoots himself. At least that got to the point. Besides, how much fun is a nail to the brain if the hammer is swinging wildly and misses nearly every time? Rarely does it hit the nail on its head, yet every other blow still lands in the vicinity, and that ain't a pretty picture.

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User Comments

2/17/10 JM Synth Painfully unfunny, but not as abysmally cheap/lazy as future Friedberg/Seltzer efforts 2 stars
2/16/09 Samantha Pruitt pretty stupid, but still some what funny! 3 stars
1/15/09 FrankNFurter As funny as watching puppies drown.Total waste of film!!! 1 stars
1/08/09 Shaun Wallner Hilarious Movie! 5 stars
8/30/08 David The movie's funny if your brain-dead. 1 stars
6/08/08 PAUL SHORTT AS TERRIBLE AND SLIPSHOD A FILM AS ONE COULD IMAGINE 1 stars
6/06/08 Randy War Hall This Movie made my ears sad. 1 stars
4/05/08 art IT"S FUNNY IF YOU KEEP AN OPEN MIND 4 stars
3/25/08 Isaac M. Baranoff One of the most awful films I've ever attempted to sit through. 1 stars
3/08/08 ftard These directors make tailor made amusement for trailer/white trash films. 1 stars
3/02/08 John Millheim pretty funny 4 stars
7/09/07 fools♫gold Wow, this and Final Destination 3 came out in the same month. Now wasn't that a funny line? 1 stars
5/23/07 Abs Dumbest movie ever. Nothing to enjoy at all here. 1 stars
5/15/07 David Pollastrini PRETTY DUMB 2 stars
4/03/07 brent gerald mejia sr. Eddie Griffin stars;ENOUGH said! 1 stars
2/22/07 Beau i love the openeing song and dance 'Hannigan' does, its worth watching it 4 her 3 stars
1/18/07 del Quite possibly one of the worst movies ever made. 1 stars
12/22/06 ES note the writers and avoid everything they do in the future 1 stars
11/07/06 wesley sniper Dude, Lakehurst is one word. We still love ya! The movie sucked ass. 1 stars
10/31/06 Jacko wacko Poorly classified but okay 3 stars
10/31/06 Chris I worked at Taco Bell so Taco was was just funny 5 stars
10/25/06 Drew G I almost made it 15 minutes into this movie 1 stars
10/24/06 Phil LOL @ Jon (below) 1 stars
10/03/06 Jon Bad, bad, bad, bad, bad. Horrible movie. Why can't I give it zero stars? 1 stars
8/26/06 Stanley Thai An underrated film that is taken so seriously. People, just relax and enjoy the film! 3 stars
8/25/06 BENNY I LOVED WATCHING THE LOVELY VOLUPTIOUS YOUN CARMEN ELECTRA BEING SACRIFICED TO KING KONG. I 2 stars
8/18/06 Nix So funny I shit myself 5 stars
8/17/06 Harold I am completely without words...I really am. STAGGERINGLY bad...staggeringly... 1 stars
8/11/06 michael has a couple moments but not woth paying for 3 stars
8/06/06 Indrid Cold The upside is that aside from the ending credits, it's only a little over an hour long. 2 stars
8/02/06 dan quite funny,worth a look 3 stars
7/21/06 Joe Smaltz Sucks SucksSucksSucksSucksSucksSucksSucksSucksSucksSucksSucksSucksSucks 1 stars
6/12/06 Jeff Anderson Unfunny junk & DOA. Hannigan & ONLY Hannigan is the lone great thing in this! 1 stars
6/11/06 Ryan_A I laughed. A lot. But I felt bad about it afterwards. Not as funny as it thinks it is. 2 stars
6/10/06 The Thomas Family My family thought this movie was awesome! It kept us laughing. 5 stars
4/19/06 FRED THE ONLY THING THAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS MOVIE IS WATCHING CARMEN ELECTRA BEING SACRIFICED 2 stars
4/18/06 Erika Clarkson Way too lame - no real nudity, scatlolgical humor restricted to cat, no farting girls. Darn 4 stars
4/14/06 Duffyboy666 How can these bastards live with themselves? 1 stars
4/08/06 Astrocreep Sooo damn funny. Great Napolean impression 5 stars
3/30/06 Rhiannon This film rocks!! 5 stars
3/13/06 date movie sucks crap movie 1 stars
3/11/06 Dillon None of the scenes have real endings. I laughed a little, but not enough. 2 stars
3/05/06 jeff s. openning dance was good, thats about it.sad how they let it b released 1 stars
3/05/06 chris f this film is a let down they take the piss out of michael jackson -tats just wrong 2 stars
3/04/06 Green Gremlin How dare they insult "Napoleon Dynamite" with this hideous crap !!! 1 stars
3/03/06 Mungface Someone told me this was "freaking hilarious"...I killed them. 1 stars
2/22/06 djacosta Utterly disgusting 1 stars
2/20/06 M The cat is the only thing that remotely made me laugh. 1 stars
2/18/06 Eevil Wolfie Opening dance sequence is good. Everything else is crap. 2 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  17-Feb-2006 (PG-13)
  DVD: 30-May-2006

UK
  24-Feb-2006

Australia
  16-Feb-2006




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