|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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Date 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-
--Lee Tistaert (Lee's Movie Info)
...is 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.
--GARY GOLDSTEIN (Reel.com)
...stinks so bad, you'll have the urge to light a match in the theater.
--Vince Leo (Qwipster.net)
This unbearable mess is comedy at its worst: uncreative, ungrounded, derivative, and unfunny.
--Pete Croatto (FilmCritic.com)
...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.
It'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
...is a poor excuse of a parody film with silly gross-out gags replacing any real humor. D
--Rebecca Murray (About.com)
...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.
--Peter Sobczynski (eFilmCritic.com)
This is appallingly bad cinema, made without imagination, and counting on audience indifference to succeed.
--Brian Orndorf (eFilmCritic.com)
I 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 (EricDSnider.com)
Disappointing spoof comedy that’s painfully low on laughs, despite the best efforts of its cast.
--Matthew Turner (ViewLondon)
There 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.
--Scott Nash (TheMovieBuffs.com)
So 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".
--Joe Utichi (FilmFocus.co.uk)
|In 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)
...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.
--Doug Bentin (eFilmCritic.com)
...is 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
Although "Date Movie" is supposed to be a good-natured tribute to romantic comedies, it's really no more romantic than "Scary Movie" is scary.
...is like an air raid siren of bad comedy, a film best described as "deafeningly unfunny." -5
...is really awful. It’s crude, disgusting, moronic, sexist, and it’s poorly made in every conceivable way.
--Andy Kurtz (Bullz-eye.com)