Date Movie

on February 17, 2006 by Kim Williamson
To modify the trailer language a bit, "from the unfunny two of the six writers of 'Scary Movie'" comes "Date Movie." Stitching together quick (though usually not quick enough) parodies of the likes of "The Wedding Planner," "Meet the Fockers," "Napoleon Dynamite" and "Wedding Crashers" but using a DOA takeoff of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" as a throughline, "Date Movie" tells the story of a fat young woman, the diary-keeping (the yucks keep coming) Julia Jones ("American Pie's" Alyson Hannigan). Julia becomes slim (body-shop mechanics are involved) and starts up with her prince charming, a handsome British doctor named Grant Fonckyerdoder (an unflappable Adam Campbell), with whom she hopes to reach wedded bliss.

Hinting at the lack of care given the film, a number of the scenes in the trailer don't appear in the film; conf irming it, a number of the scenes reprised in a late-in-t he-film flashback aren't even "prised" in the movie befo rehand. But the key problem is that the comedy seem s to have been more typed than written, in that the poin t of such parody, which is to (1) borrow characters from other works and then (2) do something funny with them , has pretty much been ignored, at least as far as (2) goes. As a date movie, this is one made for not viewing from the backseat at a drive-in. Starring Alyson Hannigan and Adam Campbell. Directed by Aaron Seltzer. Written by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. Produced by Paul Schiff and Jason Friedberg. A Fox release. Comedy. Rated PG-13 for continuous crude and sexual humor, including language. Running time: 82 min.

Tags: Starring Alyson Hannigan, Adam Campbell, Directed by Aaron Seltzer, Produced by Paul Schiff, Jason Friedberg, Fox

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