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May 2006

Date Movie DVD Review

By Kam Williams

Date Movie DVD Review


Cast: Alyson Hannigan, Adam Campbell, Eddie Griffin, Fred Willard, Jennifer Coolidge, Sophie Monk, Carmen Electra
Directors: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer
Format: Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Region: Unknown. Read more about region encoding and how it may affect you here.
Number of discs: 1
Studio: 20th Century Fox
DVD Release Date: May 30, 2006
Run Time: 85 minutes

Synopsis: Julia Jones (Alyson Hannigan) has found the perfect guy, the very-British and very-unfortunately-named Grant Fockyerdoder (Adam Campbell). But before they can have their Big Fat Greek Wedding, they must Meet the Parents, hook up with The Wedding Planner, and contend with Grant's friend Andy (Sophie Monk) who wants to put an end to her Best Friend's Wedding.
DVD Features:
Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.1 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.1 Surround)
Commentary by director/co-writer Aaron Seltzer and co-writer Jason Friedberg
Commentary by stars Alyson Hannigan, Adam Campbell, Sophie Monk and more
"Anti-Commentary" by critics Scott Foundas and Bob Strauss
12 deleted/extended/alternate scenes
Andy's poolside extended dailies
"On Dating" featurette
Fox Movie Channel featurette "Making a Spoof"
Audition tapes
Set-top game
"The Quickie" - Date Movie in six minutes
Optional laugh track


Silly Spoof of Romantic Comedy Genre Out on DVD

Being a big fan of romantic comedies will undoubtedly add to your enjoyment of Date Movie, a silly spoof from the writing/directing team of Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the same brains behind the Scary Movie trilogy. This go-round, the irreverent pair have set their sights on so-called chick flicks, rewriting memorable scenes from dozens of familiar hit films, including My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Meet the Parents, and The Wedding Crashers, to name a few. Courtesy of the miracle of colorblind casting, Eddie Griffin, black, and Meera Simhan, East Indian, play Frank and Linda Jones, the parents of Marilyn Hannigan as Julia. Ms. Hannigan dons an unflattering fat suit for the filmıs opening tableau during which a sudden gust of wind blows her dress up in the air, ala Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch. Her unsightly cellulite grosses-out passers-by, who proceed to gag instead of leer at her legs. But an oblivious Julia heads to her familyıs Greek restaurant where her well-meaning father proceeds to pressure her to marry a nerd named Nicky (Judah Friedlander), Julia pays a visit to love doctor Hitch (Tony Cox) to avoid the arranged marriage. Hitch proceeds to ³pimp her out² which means make her over into a man-pleaser capable of catching the eye of the man of her dreams, Grant Fonckyerdoder (Adam Campbell).

Rather than relate what transpires in this non-linear story, letıs just say that loads of depravity ensues, all of which somehow leads to a sweet ending lifted verbatim from Notting Hill where Julia impatiently implores Grant to take her in his arms, with: ³Iım just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.² More shocking than hilarious, but Date Movie offers just enough funny moments to earn this criticıs seal of approval.

Very good (2.5 stars)