Date Movie

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Gross-out comedy that mocks romantic movies.
  • PG-13
  • 2006
  • 83 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 28 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTheTrillonaire August 9, 2014
Adult Written byaakins April 9, 2008
Teen, 16 years old Written byDominicanKing1995 March 9, 2013

Disappointing

This grossed out comedy is too violent for Viewers Under 14.
Teen, 13 years old Written bykliz104.1 April 9, 2008

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.

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