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Date Movie

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Date Movie
A box of tissues, surrounded by several balled up used tissues
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAaron Seltzer
Written by
  • Jason Friedberg
  • Aaron Seltzer
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyShawn Maurer
Edited byPaul Hirsch
Music byDavid Kitay
Production
companies
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • February 17, 2006 (2006-02-17)
Running time
83 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$20 million
Box office$84.8 million

Date Movie is a 2006 American romantic comedy parody film written by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, directed by Seltzer, and produced by Paul Schiff and Friedberg. It was released on February 17, 2006 by 20th Century Fox and stars Alyson Hannigan, Adam Campbell, Sophie Monk, Tony Cox, Jennifer Coolidge, Eddie Griffin, and Fred Willard. It is a parody of the romantic comedy film genre, and mostly references My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Meet the Fockers, Hitch, Legally Blonde, and Bridget Jones's Diary. Though reviews for it were more positive than Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer's later films, Date Movie was panned by critics but was a box office success, grossing almost $85 million on a $20 million budget.

Plot

Obese Julia Jones dreams of marrying Napoleon Dynamite, but even in her dreams, she is rejected. Writing in her diary, she thinks she will never find her true love. Julia goes outside and dances to impress men on the streets, but is unsuccessful.

At Julia's father Frank's Greek diner, she meets and is instantly attracted to Grant Funkyerdoder. Frank barks an order at her and when she turns to respond she accidentally hits Grant over the head with a coffee pot, knocking him to the floor. She turns around, finding his table suddenly empty and figures he ran away.

Julia seeks help from the love therapist Hitch, who initially rejects her but finally agrees, taking her to a garage where she gets "pimped out" and made slimmer. She earns a spot on a reality television dating show called The Extreme Bachelor: Desperate Edition, where the bachelor turns out to be Grant. Host Ty Andrews introduces him, who greets all the women and is asked to eliminate the losers, which he does by shooting them one by one.

As the last woman standing, Julia is rewarded with dinner for two at "A Restaurant". After their meal, Julia and Grant venture to her apartment, where they have sex. Later, Grant takes Julia to Tiffany & Co., where the salespeople reveal that she may pick whatever she wants. He then declares he loves her and proposes, and she happily accepts. The couple then meets with Grant's parents, Bernie and Roz, who recommend a wedding planner, after which Roz reveals that Grant lost his virginity to the housekeeper, Eduardo.

Julia and Grant visit the overzealous wedding planner, Jell-O. Julia stresses to her that she wants a traditional wedding but Jell-O insists on a restaurant called Taco Butt, which they decline. Jell-O's mood changes, angrily telling them it's the best she can do on short notice. Grant tries to ease the awkward situation by telling them he has already chosen a best man. Excitedly, Jell-O reveals that she will also be the wedding entertainment by slamming her desk over with her massive butt and aggressively ripping off her clothes to reveal a gold spandex bra and tights. The couple are shocked as she shows off her provocative dance moves, then scream in fear as she backs up towards them and joyfully smothers them with her butt, getting even for declining her earlier offer.

Grant introduces Julia to his best man, Andy, his ex-fiancée, who seemingly harbors no resentment towards Julia for marrying Grant, even helping Julia shop for her wedding dress. At the bridal shop, Julia hits her head on a power box and suddenly can read people's thoughts. Reading Andy's mind, she realises Andy wants to get back together with Grant and plans to split them up. The women fight each other, Kill Bill-style.

On the wedding day Julia arrives late, then witnesses Grant and Andy sharing a kiss (but Julia is unaware that Grant tried to reject her), leaving Julia heartbroken. Unable to forgive Grant, she agrees to marry Nicky.

Once at the altar with Nicky, Julia is regretting it, having flashbacks about her and Grant. Frank objects to the union, realizing he was wrong about Grant who liked her even before the makeover. He persuades her to go after Grant who is revealed to have waited for months. Julia hurries to meet him as he is leaving, while shoving aside Andy who was pursuing him too.

Julia arrives too late and sees Grant on the streets before she falls off the roof, though Grant conveniently catches her. They get back together and get married, with Hitch officiating and now dating Jell-O. Andy and Nicky meet at the wedding and fall in love. Meanwhile, Grant and Julia leave in a horse and carriage. Roz gifts her a vaginal thermometer which apparently has been in their family for generations and is regarded as good luck when kept unwashed.

On their honeymoon, Grant and Julia go to Skull Island and film a woman, Anne, tied between two poles. After King Kong rips off her dress and gropes her, she says "I like hairy boys", so King Kong flattens her.

Cast

Parodies

Production

Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg sold an untitled romantic comedy pitch to Regency and became attached to helm it. In June 2005, it was announced Alyson Hannigan and Adam Campbell were to star in the film.

Release

Box office

The film grossed $48,548,426 in the United States and $36,247,230 internationally, adding up to a worldwide gross of $84,795,656.

Critical response

The film did not have advance press screenings. It received unfavorable reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 7% based on 90 reviews, with an average rating of 2.9/10. The site's critical consensus states: "In an attempt to parody rom-com clichés, Date Movie ultimately makes a mockery of itself, with juvenile toilet humor and empty pop culture references." The site ranked the film 77th in the 100 worst reviewed films of the 2000s. On Metacritic, the film has a score of 11 based on 18 reviews, indicating "overwhelming dislike". Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade C+ on scale of A to F.

Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly awarded the film a B− grade, and compared it to fast food, suggesting that if audiences are "hungry for comedy that's salty and loud," this film might be just what audiences are craving. Variety praised Jennifer Coolidge for providing a few bright moments with a spot-on spoof of Barbra Streisand, but was otherwise unimpressed describing the film as "padded and repetitious".

Critic Scott Tobias of The A.V. Club was amazed that a "joke-a-second comedy" failed to contain a single laugh.

Pete Vonder Haar of Film Threat described the film as a contender for the worst of 2006. He walked out of the film after 29 minutes without a single laugh and said he did not feel any guilt about it. He described the laughter of others in the audience as "inexplicable" and wondered if U.S. cinema-going audiences were made up of "deranged howler monkeys".

Accolades

Carmen Electra won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress for her performance in this film and Scary Movie 4. At the 2006 Stinkers Bad Movie Awards, Jennifer Coolidge was nominated for Most Annoying Fake Female Accent but lost to Cindy Cheung for Lady in the Water. However, the film won the awards for Worst Screenplay and Most Painfully Unfunny Comedy.

Home media

The film was released on DVD on May 30, 2006 in rated (83 minutes) and unrated (84 minutes) versions and 1,051,878 units were sold, bringing in $18,777,508 in revenue.

Soundtrack

Date Movie Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
various
ReleasedFebruary 17, 2006
RecordedVarious times
GenreR&B, hip hop
LabelTwentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Track listing
  1. "Milkshake" – Kelis
  2. "Party Hard" – The Perceptionists
  3. "You’re the First, the Last, My Everything" – Barry White
  4. "Toma" – Pitbull feat. Lil Jon
  5. "Funhop" – Todd Schietroma
  6. "Do You Believe in Magic" – The Lovin' Spoonful
  7. "Too Much Booty (In da Pants)" – Soundmaster T
  8. "Break it on Down" – Flii Stylz & Tenashus
  9. "Baby Come Back" – Player (Edit)
  10. "The Price Is Right (Theme)" – David Kitay
  11. "Break It Down" – Alana D.
  12. "Come on Shake" – Classic
  13. "What Will You Do?" – Sparklemotion
  14. "Don't Cha" – Pussycat Dolls

See also

References

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  8. ^ Jon O'Brien (June 20, 2017). "My Best Friend's Wedding: 20 things you may not know about the classic rom-com". Metro (British Newspaper).
  9. ^ Kuhl, Ken. "Carl's Jr. ad parodied in film". FoodFacts.com. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
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  11. ^ "Thesp duo joins laffer". Variety. Retrieved December 10, 2021.
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  13. ^ "Date Movie". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved July 1, 2022.
  14. ^ "Worst of the Worst 2000–2009". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on September 28, 2009. Retrieved 2013-07-29.
  15. ^ "Date Movie". Metacritic. CBS.
  16. ^ "DATE MOVIE (2006) C+". CinemaScore. Archived from the original on December 20, 2018.
  17. ^ Scott Weinberg (April 20, 2020). "2006 Razzie Awards Announced".
  18. ^ "Date Movie DVD". Nash Information Services. The Numbers.
  19. ^ "Original Soundtrack - Date Movie". Amazon.com. 2006.

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