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Date Movie (Unrated)
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06.07.2006 By: Scott Weinberg
Date Movie (Unrated) order
Director:
Aaron Seltzer

Actors:
Alyson Hannigan
Adam Campbell
Jennifer Coolidge

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A very broad, very obvious, and very unfunny spoof of the schtick found in virtually every romantic comedy of the past 3.4 years.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Poor Alyson Hannigan: All the talent in the world and no good projects to choose from. As you suffer through the generally witless experience that is DATE MOVIE, the only two thoughts running through your brain will be:

1. How did this movie get made?

2. How hard is Hannigan gonna work for so little reward??

DATE MOVIE is the kind of spoof that doesn't so much "poke fun" at its targets as it does "reference" them. As the flick's 70-some minutes trudge by, you can checklist all the gags: Oh look, there's MEET THE PARENTS and BRIDGET JONES and THE WEDDING PLANNER. I see and recognize these references yet cannot find a single thing about them that might make my mouth open to unleash a chuckle.

Sure, there's a small smattering of giggles to be found, but they're buried beneath yards and yards of painfully awful slapstick raunch schtick. Normally funny folks like Fred Willard, Jennifer Coolidge, and ... Eddie Griffin(?) wander through the proceedings looking embarrassed, confused, or a strange combination of both. Aside from Hannigan, who's the star, nobody contributes a single laugh. (Actually, Aussie newcomer Sophie Monk is as funny as she is sexy, and if you want to know how funny that is, go do a Google search for "Sophie Monk.")

THE EXTRAS
Well, I really couldn't stand the main feature, but I'd be lying if I said the extra features didn't offer some real entertainment. Shocked I was.

First off are three audio commentaries: -Co-writers/co-directors Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer

-Cast members Alyson Hannigan, Adam Campbell, Sophie Monk, Valery Ortiz, and Tony Cox

-"Anti-Commentary" with film critics Scott Foundas (Variety) and Bob Strauss (LA Weekly)

No lie: The movie sucks ass, but each of these commentaries is quite entertaining! From the filmmakers bashing their product to the cast members snarking through it ... fun stuff. The critics' commentary is an absolute highlight as the fellas try (hard) to find a few complimentary things to say about DATE MOVIE. They don't find many, but that doesn't stop them from deconstructing what's so aggressively wrong with it.

You can also opt to watch the movie with a laugh track, as if you couldn't spot the broadly obvious jokes without assistance. Several featurettes are also on board: On Dating (4:21) is a bunch of somewhat profane cast interviews.

The Quickie (6:24) is the movie in high-speed.

Fun with Casting (1:42) is a brief collection of audition footage.

Fans will also find a dozen deleted / alternate / extended scenes, most of which are more painful than the non-deleted material, which means it just might cause retina cancer.

On page 2 of the features section you'll find some romantic screensavers (yeah, right), a dumb quiz called Andy's Cherry Stem Surprise, a 2.5-minute gag reel (kinda funny), the Fox Movie Channel Making a Spoof mockumentary, which pokes some good fun at Peter Jackson, and a bunch of promotional material (three TV Spots, the international trailer, five internet clips, and a soudntrack spot.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
As far as the "unrated" material goes, I suspect it's just a bunch of alternate lines of dialogue and some newly-added vulgarity. It runs less than 2 minutes longer than the theatrical cut, so if you were expecting something noteworthy, you chose the wrong movie. (But some of the extras, particularly the commentaries, might just be worthy of a Netflix rental.)
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