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Date Movie (2006)

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Release Date
• USA: Feb 17, 2006
BoxOffice: $48.5M

Official Website:
Date Movie Website

MPAA Rating
Rated PG-13 for continuous crude and sexual humor, including language.

Country USA

Production Companies
New Regency Pictures, Epsilon Motion Pictures, Regency Enterprises

Studio 20th Century Fox

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• Date Movie (2006)
• Untitled Aaron Seltzer/Jason Friedberg Project

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Genre: Romance, Comedy

Tagline: Everyone wants a happy ending.

Plot: The twisted minds of two of the six writers of Scary Movie – Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg – skewer the romantic comedy genre in DATE MOVIE, a film for people who love date movies and people who hate them.

The filmmakers' goal, in their own words: "We wanted to create a romance that women will respond to and a balls-out comedy for the men in the audience."

Seltzer and Friedberg tell the story of hopeless romantic Julia Jones, who has finally met the man of her dreams, the very British Grant Funkyerdoder. But before they can have their Big Fat Greek Wedding, they'll have to Meet the Parents; hook-up with The Wedding Planner, and contend with Grant's friend Andy – a spectacularly beautiful woman who wants to put an end to her Best Friend's Wedding.

For years, there have been comedies that poked fun at sports films, spy flicks and scary movies. But where, wondered Friedberg and Seltzer, was the romance?

The duo sold their first "spoof" screenplay, Spy Hard, just out of college, and a few years later they contributed to the screenplay for the box-office smash Scary Movie. Now, they've set their sights on the romantic comedy genre. "We watched a lot of romantic comedies and thought it would be a genre we could have some fun with," says Aaron Seltzer.

Friedberg lays out DATE

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external linkDate Movie doesn’t test any boundaries and is just about proving how silly and obnoxious two writers can go with PG-13 limits. I was looking forward to this movie based on my loathing of the genre that it spoofs, but was very well aware of the dangers atstake – and unfortunately, Date Movie fails in all the expected places. C-

external pretty terrible, not because it's so awful to sit through, but because of how much better it could've been in more competent hands. As it stands, this strained spoof of latter day romantic comedies has a few guffaws, but it mostly belly-flops its way through a scattershot—and scatological—array of fractured date movie episodes. 2/4

external link...stinks so bad, you'll have the urge to light a match in the theater. 1.5/5
--Vince Leo (

external linkThis unbearable mess is comedy at its worst: uncreative, ungrounded, derivative, and unfunny. 1/5
--Pete Croatto (

external link...a scattershot train wreck of a would-be parody, was not screened in advance for critics. This is of course a sure-fire sign that the studios thought they had a piece of junk on their hands, and is even more of a red flag given that the film is being released during the studios’ dumping ground months for trash. 1/4
--Craig Brown

external linkIt's a Scary Movie-ish parody of romantic comedies. And it's the worst movie of 2006. And yes, it's only February, but there won't be a barfier movie than this for the next 10 months. If there is, it will probably actually kill the people who see it. Having Oprah scold you while a dentist performs a root canal on you with no Novocain on live national television would be more fun than sitting through this. F
--Dave White

external a poor excuse of a parody film with silly gross-out gags replacing any real humor. D
--Rebecca Murray (

external link...if they wanted such a scheme to work, perhaps they should have remembered to put something in the script that was actually worth taking credit for in the first place. 1/5
--Peter Sobczynski (

external linkThis is appallingly bad cinema, made without imagination, and counting on audience indifference to succeed. 1/5
--Brian Orndorf (

external linkI don't want to deliver a dissertation on what constitutes satire or parody, but I will say this: "Date Movie" isn't it. D-
--Eric D. Snider (

external linkDisappointing spoof comedy that’s painfully low on laughs, despite the best efforts of its cast. 1/5
--Matthew Turner (ViewLondon)

external linkThere are stereotypes in romantic comedies and it would seem that a satire of those stereotypes could make for a very funny movie. But that would require actual thought and wit, and it's so much easier to just try to cram in as many references to those movies as possible. 1.5/4
--Scott Nash (

external linkSo leave your brain at the ticket desk and Date Movie will likely appeal. Bring it with you and you may as well have stayed at home. And it's certainly more worthwhile an excursion than much else Hollywood takes, "seriously". 3/5
--Joe Utichi (

 Directed by
Aaron Seltzer
Epic Movie, Spy Hard, H.R. Pufnstuf
 Written by
Jason Friedberg
Spy Hard, H.R. Pufnstuf, Epic Movie
Aaron Seltzer
Spy Hard, H.R. Pufnstuf, Epic Movie
Alyson Hannigan
American Pie, American Pie 2, American Wedding
Eddie Griffin
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, John Q, Undercover Brother
Fred Willard
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, American Wedding
Jennifer Coolidge
American Pie, Click, Legally Blonde
Marie Matiko
The Art of War, The Corruptor, Counterstrike
Carmen Electra
Scary Movie, Starsky & Hutch, Scary Movie 4
Adam Campbell
Epic Movie
 Music By
David Kitay
Scary Movie, Ghost World, Clueless

external linkIn Date Movie, the hormones, anxiety, and princess jealousy that fuel the majority of Hollywood love stories are made so excessive that the romance itself is revealed to be...every bit as big a crock as it usually is. B-
--Owen Gleiberman (Entertainment Weekly)

external link...Have you ever heard the old expression, “I feel like I’ve been dragged through Hell backwards and then beaten with a cat”? I quote that saying in a review of this movie for a reason. 1/5
--Doug Bentin (

external a lesson in how not to make a parody - don't try to spoof things which are already miles funnier than the parody will ever be. 1/7
external linkAlthough "Date Movie" is supposed to be a good-natured tribute to romantic comedies, it's really no more romantic than "Scary Movie" is scary. 1/5
external like an air raid siren of bad comedy, a film best described as "deafeningly unfunny." -5
--Mr. Cranky

external really awful. It’s crude, disgusting, moronic, sexist, and it’s poorly made in every conceivable way. 1/5
--Andy Kurtz (

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