Eye For Film >> Movies >> Date Movie (2006) Film Review
Reviewed by: Kotleta
I can only hope that this was more fun to make than to watch. Are fart jokes fun?
Sometimes I wonder if it's a fault in me. When an actor, or actress, prances about in a fat suit, with a grin that can only be described as inane, making shocked faces while cat puppets fart, the rest of the world might find this inherently hilarious. Maybe, I have no sense of humour. Maybe, the rest of the world laughs itself sick at an unimaginative, lazy, repetitive spoof, whose budget would have been better spent on Botox and shoes. If this is the world we live in, kill me now.
Is there any point explaining the plot? Fat, partially Greek (you KNOW why - don't make me say it) Julia Jones (Willow from Buffy, Band Camp girl from American Pie series) is single. Looking for a man. Gets help from black dwarf Hitch. Oh, how witty, what a contrast to the original. How clever and funny. Blah de blah de blah. And happily ever after. Later you start wondering why you recognise Andy (Sophie Monk) and whether it makes you gay to fancy her - she is a bit TOO plastically perfect and there's something about her awkward posture that suggests future back problems.
I hate this kind of film. I hate the way they recycle the worst of any genre, cashing in on whatever has sold most successfully in the past three years, making sure to recoup their costs before the target audience has discovered that drugs aren't as much fun as they first suspected.
This kind of spoof is offensively lazy. It doesn't even satirise an entire genre. It just takes the most memorably cheesy lines and obvious plot twists from whatever titles they remembered in their wankfest development meeting, cobbles them together and calls it a movie. They even use the same actors.
The writers of this film don't respect you. But then, some people enjoy abusive relationships. Maybe Date Movie is cleverer than I thought.
Did you like Scary Movie? Do you enjoy films starring Leslie Nielsen? If so, buy tickets NOW. If not, ignore the fact that this pathetic excuse for a rom-com gagathon exists.Reviewed on: 24 Feb 2006