Date Movie is a 2006 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Aaron Seltzer. Much of the story line is based on that of the romantic comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Meet the Fockers. It stars Alyson Hannigan, Adam Campbell, Sophie Monk, Tony Cox, Jennifer Coolidge, Meera Simhan, Eddie Griffin, and Fred Willard.
Despite being a box office success, the film was heavily panned by film critics and retains a 7% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Julia, a hopeless romantic, finally finds the man of her dreams: British gentleman Grant Fockyerdoder. But she and her beau face many hurdles that they must overcome on the way to the altar. First, each has to meet the other's parents, then they must consult a wedding planner and foil the plot of beautiful, but jealous, Andy, who desperately wants to spoil her best friend's wedding.
Why It Sucks
- There are tons of gross-out, sexist, racist, sex and poop jokes. For example, Jinxers the cat, after rolling up some toilet paper, he wipes his butt and sniffs at the toilet paper.
- A cliched story, that tries to parody romance films, but it rather blatantly copys many of them.
- All the celebrity cameos, such as Owen Wilson, aren't funny in this movie.
- Horrible and laughable acting, especially from Tony Cox and Jennifer Coolidge.
- There is a scene where a construction worker kills himself with a tool which isn't funny at all.
- Terrible visual effects, especially on Jinxers the cat and King Kong at the end of the film.
- The humor is very limited, and it even parodies films that aren't even romance films, such as Kill Bill, The Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars.
- Below average and lazy soundtrack that overuses popular songs from the 2000s such as "Milkshake".
- The ending is just terrible, as it involves Carmen Electra getting groped by King Kong, only to get crushed by his fist, and then the film ends.
- Many of the characters, such as Juila, Andy, and the love interest Grant, are unlikeable and annoying.
- Numerous signs of plagiarism, such as stealing some jokes from films such as Meet the Parents.
- Too much pop-cultural references, such as a Star Wars joke in one scene and a out of place Kill Bill scene.
- Shameless and blatant product placement, such as Dunkin' Donuts.
- Jell-O and her scene are somewhat well-executed compared to the rest of the movie. It was a decent parody of its source material and many viewers found Jell-O herself attractive. Valery Ortiz has stated she enjoyed being in the film, as have a few of the other actors.
- Andy's scene is liked by some for similar reasons, as it was a spoof of an already really dumb Carl's Jr. commercial, even though this makes the reference itself dated.
- The opening scene parodying Napoleon Dynamite is fairly decent, mainly thanks to Josh Meyers' good impersonation of Jon Heder.
- Unlike most of Seltzer and Friedberg's subsequent movies, this one mostly manages to stick to parodying its target genre (romantic comedies), rather than just parodying whatever happens to be popular (though while it can sometimes happen in this film, they ain't as obnoxious).
- At least they're screened for critics unlike most of Seltzer and Friedberg's movies, which is a minor green flag.
- What Women Want
- My Big Fat Greek Wedding
- Bridget Jones's Diary
- Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
- Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers
- The Wedding Planner
- DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story
- Kill Bill
- The Parent Trap
- Sweet Home Alabama
- King Kong
- The Lord of the Rings trilogy
- Father of the Bride
- Mr. & Mrs. Smith
- Pretty Woman
- When Harry Met Sally
- Along Came Polly
- Fatal Attraction
- Princess Diaries
- Napoleon Dynamite
- My Best Friend's Wedding
- Girls Gone Wild on Campus 2
- Legally Blonde
- How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
- Say Anything...
- A Streetcar Named Desire
- Notting Hill
- Jerry Maguire
- Wedding Crashers
- Jennifer Lopez
- Britney Spears
- Michael Jackson †
- Ben Stiller
- Kevin Federline
- Bridget Jones