Date Movie

  • Review Date: May 29, 2006
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 83 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Gross-out comedy that mocks romantic movies.
  • Review Date: May 29, 2006
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 83 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Tedious, unimaginative gags about sex and dating; though the daters find true love, it's hard to care because they're only one-dimensional bases for jokes.

Violence

Comic violence, but gross and sometimes brutal (Grant shoots and kills bachelorettes on Extreme Bachelor; kids on a date express their "love" by beating up a homeless man).

Sex

Women wear tight outfits and show cleavage; references to gay men (Julia thinks one is interested in her, Grant has an ex-boyfriend), diner features neon sign that shows man tongue-kissing a sheep; "date doctor" has OB-GYN on his office door; kissing is repeatedly excessive, involving licking and slobbering; Jello (joke on J-Lo) has huge behind; Grant appears to fake an orgasm in restaurant (copying Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally..., and also rubbing his nipples); Julia emulates "Girls Gone Wild" video, removing her bikini top in a hot tub (covered with a superimposed bar); Grant and Julia kiss passionately and pull of clothes, then scene cuts to post-sex conversation in bed; Andi mimics Paris Hilton and others (wearing bikini, wet, gyrating, rubbing hamburgers and other foods on her body).

Language

Obnoxious language, used frequently: s-word, "damn," "crap," "hell," "ass", "d--khead" (written), slang for sex ("lots of tail").

Consumerism

Rediwhip; Vagisil; Cosmopolitan magazine; T-Mobile Sidekick; Trio 650.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Cat smokes cigarette, references to smoking in a diary.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film is comprised of relentless obnoxiousness. Body and bodily function jokes include gastrointestinal distress, coughing up hairballs, moles, and pimples (one popped to release lots of goo); a chicken wing stuck between a girl's teeth, body makeover in the form of "Pimp My Ride" (hair removal, liposuction, a sander for yellow toenails, a drill taken to girl's body); cat using the toilet with much farting and grunting; urn with grandma's ashes also includes skeleton (which cat proceeds to hump, sexually); and cats are tossed about in an old woman's apartment. Sex and "date" jokes include horrified reactions to obese girl (her breasts turn around on her body as the soundtrack plays "Milkshake," which includes sexual references); sloppy and extensive kissing; arranged marriages; boy's last name (Fonckyerdoder, reference to "Focker"); couple exchanges lyrics of 50 Cent's "Candy Shop" (sexual references); allusion to "knocked up"; uses of "ho" and "bitch"; a cat smokes a cigarette, apparently after sex with old woman.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Obese and poor-complexioned, Julia (Alyson Hannigan) laments her dating prospects even as her father (Eddie Griffin) urges her to marry a filthy, stringy-haired local guy (Judah Friedlander). But Julia falls for the gorgeous Grant Fonckyerdoder (Adam Campbell), whom she serves at her father's Greek Diner. In order to win Grant's heart, Julia undergoes a makeover in which she's treated like a car on Xzibit's MTV show, Pimp My Ride. This leaves her svelte and gleamy, Hannigan looking perfectly adorable and sultry at the same time. She heads off for advice from date doctor Hitch (Tony Cox). He sends her to pursue her man, whom she wins over.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Alyson Hannigan deserves better. In fact, we all deserve better than DATE MOVIE, a slow-witted assembly of every date movie joke we've already seen. The film's "comic" strategy is to pile on references to other movies, as if the references themselves are jokes. But reminding viewers of iconic moments from Meet the Fockers, Pretty Woman, The Wedding Planner, When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, Wedding Crashers, Napoleon Dynamite, Hitch, and Star Wars, among many, many others, only reminds you why you might have liked the first version, and doesn't excuse or explain the cheap knockoff.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this kind of humor influences kids and their developing relationship to their sexual lives. They can also ask what would happen in real life if these situations occurred. Since the target group for this movie is young teens who are emerging into their own sexuality, it's important to have a discussion that balances out the movie's humor with respect for the opposite sex and for sex itself.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 18, 2006
DVD release date:May 30, 2006
Cast:Adam Campbell, Alyson Hannigan, Eddie Griffin
Directors:Aaron Seltzer, Jason Friedberg
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Genre:Comedy
Run time:83 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:for continuous crude and sexual humor, including language.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bykliz104.1 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Crude, but few laughs...

Adult Written byTheTrillonaire August 9, 2014
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Funny af!!

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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