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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What 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.
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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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.
- In theaters: February 18, 2006
- On DVD or streaming: 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.