As the generic title suggests, Date Movie is as simple and unoriginal as they come, with an added twist. The moviemakers set out to spoof every movie they possibly can (romantic comedies and otherwise) and succeed in making fun of at least two dozen, maybe more. Julia Jones (Alyson Hannigan) is another overweight, unattractive, and socially challenged hopeless romantic set on finding her Prince Charming. With the help of the rude and crude love doctor, mini-Hitch, Julia undergoes an extreme physical makeover. Julia’s father runs a Big Fat Greek restaurant and is dead set on having his daughter marry one of his own-that is, a Greek-Indian-Japanese-Jew. Naturally, then, when Julia brings home a non-Greek-Indian-Japanese-Jew, conveniently named Grant Fonkyerdoder (Adam Campbell), her father is less than pleased, especially when he makes a less-than-fantastic first impression. Things don’t get any better when the up-tight Jones family takes a trip to visit the sex-obsessed and free-wheeling Fonkyerdoder parents. Despite these setbacks, the couple is engaged. Soon, though, Julia meets Grant’s “best man,” Andy, who turns out to be a blonde beauty that Grant was engaged to just weeks before. And to make matters worse, Julia soon discovers that Andy is dead set on breaking up Julia’s dream wedding and taking Grant back for herself.
Where do I even begin with this one? An endless barrage of sexual innuendos, crass references, and crude suggestions get constant screen time and push this stinker to the brink of an R rating. The references are blatant, disgusting, and, at times, graphic in nature. Perhaps even more disturbing is the movie’s first ten minutes, which is devoted solely to humiliating overweight and unattractive people. There are several other gross-out moments which I care not to elaborate on, but they were extremely unnecessary and anything but funny.
The movie does have its funny moments, however, though they are scarce. The point of Date Movie is the same as with the Scary Movie trilogy: gross out their viewers while making fun of every movie possible. Part of the list of movies Date Movie uses as “inspiration” include: Bridget Jones’s Diary, King Kong, Lord of the Rings, Sleepless in Seattle, You Got Mail, Hitch, Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers, My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding, Kill Bill, and so on. Clever references to the rap song “Candy Shop” and also a scene with a Michael Jackson look-alike adds some humor to an otherwise worthless film, but it isn’t much.
Overall, this movie was a complete waste of my time and the time of the other people in the audience: both of them. The desire to make fun of so much in such a short amount of time gets extremely frustrating, and the obscene and overly sexual content was a major turn-off. Don’t waste your time with this one. It’s a shame people feel the need to make such ridiculous material.
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