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TWENTY DATES

SYNOPSIS:
The premise has self-proclaimed loser and wannabe-filmmaker Myles Berkowitz going on 20 dates, in hopes of finding true love. Though he's the protagonist, Myles' joyride through the seemingly hopeless L.A. dating scene is much more than just a search for Ms. Right. He adds perspective about cinematic love from film guru Robert McKee, has cameramen falling over fire hydrants, listens as friends and family discuss his personality flaws in great detail and learns about his pregnant ex-wife.

"Ah, the ritual of the dating game, it's been a part of film culture since time immemorial, and perhaps we've seen it all. Then perhaps not. Twenty Dates is a kind of documentary-romantic comedy, a fusion of styles. On the surface level it's about a wannabe filmmaker simply trying to make it in cynical Hollywood, while at the same time discovering romance - or trying to. The line between the role of the artist and the romantic hero is often blurred, and though classified as a documentary, there's little doubt that director/protagonist Myles Berkowitz is manipulating the audience, rather than presenting events as they would have occurred. Be that as it may, and flaws notwithstanding, the end result is a perky, confident and energetic little comedy, a film that explores the nature of romance and the independence of artistry. He manages to blend both to perfection, and the result is quite unexpected. An irreverent comedy, witty and sharply observed, Berkowitz displays a Woody Allenesque sense of humour, a cynical drollery that manages to work rather nicely. It's a film about passion, and the director's determination to make it on so many levels. It's also a rather intellectual piece, exemplified through the film's observations about Hollywood romance versus so-called real life. Twenty Dates is a funny and well-observed comedy, a joyous commentary on contemporary love from an ordinary guy coping with his own inadequacies. Anyone falling in love - or coping with its pitfalls - should find this little gem irresistible. In its own way, it's the perfect date movie."
Paul Fischer



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CRITICAL COUNT
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Unfavourable: 0
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TWENTY DATES
(20 Dates) (US)
Documentary

WRITER & DIRECTOR: Myles Berkowitz

PRODUCERS: Mark McGarry, Jason Villard

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Adam Biggs

EDITOR: Lisa CheekMichael Elliot

MUSIC: Steve Tyrell

RUNNING TIME: 87 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Fox

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: August 26, 1999 (Sydney only)







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