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Date Movie

Reviewed by: Heather Newgen
Rating: 6.5 out of 10
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Cast:
Alyson Hannigan as Julia Jones
Adam Campbell as Grant Fonckyerdoder
Jennifer Coolidge as Mrs. Fonckyerdoder
Eddie Griffin as Frank Jones
Fred Willard as Mr. Fonckyerdoder
Tony Cox as Hitch
Sophie Monk as Andy
Josh Meyers as Napoleon
Valery M. Ortiz as Jello

Directed by Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg

Summary:
Chances are if you are familiar with the movies being spoofed you'll find the film somewhat entertaining and enjoyable.

Story:
Julia Jones (Alyson Hannigan) is depressed about not having a boyfriend. Her family is pressuring her to get married, but she doesn't think she'll ever find the one. It also doesn't help that she is extremely overweight and unattractive.

She seeks help from "Hitch" and she is transformed into a beautiful girl who now has the confidence she needs to win over British babe Grant Fonckyerdoder (Adam Campbell). Now all she has to do is convince her family he's right for her and get rid of his gorgeous ex-girlfriend Andy (Sophie Monk) who is seriously posing a threat to her relationship.

What Worked:
There were some really hilarious scenes in the film. For instance, the opening was great. Alyson Hannigan is in the fat suit dancing her way over to "Hitch" for her "Extreme Makeover." The people she encounters along the way want nothing to do with her, but that doesn't stop her from trying to find her man.

Monk does a great spoof of Paris Hilton and the Carl's Jr. commercial of her eating a hamburger while washing a car and Campbell does an over the top impression of Meg Ryan having an orgasm in "When Harry Met Sally."

The cast works very well together. Hannigan has amazing comedic timing and although this was Campbell and Monk's first movie you would never know.

Fred Willard and Jennifer Coolidge light up the screen with their impression of The Fockers and you have to check out Eddie Griffin's eyebrows.

What Didn't Work:
I don't think you have to know all the movies that are being spoofed to laugh, but I definitely think it helps. Also most of the jokes were funny, but some were too crude for my taste. Especially the scene where Griffin takes a mouthful of Willard's chest hair.

In addition, there isn't much depth to the story or the characters, but that is the point. They are making fun of other characters in several different movies so you probably won't walk out of the film still thinking about the story line.

Bottom Line:
"Date Movie" is one the better films I have seen in the last few weeks and it's worth checking out. Just make sure you stay through the closing credits for some funny outtakes.

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