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DATE MOVIE

SYNOPSIS:
Though her family is pressuring her to marry, Julia Jones (Alyson Hannigan) fears that the man of her dreams may be out of reach. But after a makeover courtesy of "date doctor" Hitch (Tony Cox) she finds the confidence to appear on "Extreme Bachelor: Desperate Edition" where she wins the heart of the inexplicably British Grant Fonckyerdoder (Adam Campbell). Then it's just a matter of gaining her family's approval for the match - and overcoming the threat posed by Grant's ex-girlfriend Andy (Sophie Monk).

Review by Jake Wilson:
The dismaying thing about this spoof of chick flicks is the total lack of satirical perspective: you can't really do irony while assuming the audience knows and cares about nothing beyond a few hit romantic comedies and some recent fads approved by focus groups (Napoleon Dynamite, krumping...bumfights?). You can feel the film getting more out-of-date as you watch it: maybe we'll all meet again next year for the sequel, but with a whole new set of memories.

In the meantime, some sample jokes. Alyson Hannigan does a dance in a fat suit. Her character is named "Julia Jones" and writes in a diary labelled "Julia Jones' Diary". A Greek restaurant is advertised by a sign that shows a man tongue-kissing a sheep. Julia goes to see a "date doctor" named Hitch, who turns out to be the dwarf from Bad Santa. Julia's fiancé is named Grant Fonckyerdoder. At a family dinner, Julia is told that Grant lost his virginity to the family housekeeper, who turns out to be a man. Fred Willard and Jennifer Coolidge imitate Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Streisand. An old lady tongue-kisses her cat.

Julia goes to see a wedding planner, who looks like Jennifer Lopez and has grotesque prosthetic buttocks. As Julia's father, Eddie Griffin repeats the line "I have nipples...could you milk me?" from Meet the Parents, then lifts his shirt to show multiple rows of nipples. Right before getting married, Julia finds she has a giant zit on her chin; when it bursts, pus spurts out with such force she is blown across the room and through the back wall. Just before the credits roll, a guy who looks like Owen Wilson shows up and asks if it is too late to crash the wedding. On their honeymoon, Julia and Grant go to Skull Island and watch Carmen Electra getting squashed by King Kong.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 1
Mixed: 0

DATE MOVIE (M)
(US, 2006)

CAST: Alyson Hannigan, Adam Campbell, Jennifer Coolidge, Eddie Griffin, Fred Willard, Michelle Misty Lang, Sophie Monk

PRODUCER: Paul Schiff

DIRECTOR: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Shawn Maurer

EDITOR: Paul Hirsch

MUSIC: David Kitay

PRODUCTION DESIGN: William A. Elliott

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Fox

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: February 16, 2006







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