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Comedy Movies - Date Movie

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Alyson Hannigan, Adam Campbell, Fred Willard,
Tony Cox, Carmen Electra
Directed by Aaron Seltzer
20th Century Fox 2006
85 minute

Date Movie is a comedy in the same vein as the Scary Movie franchise and is much better and much funnier. Anyone who has sat and watched a romantic comedy in the last ten or so years will enjoy the many jabs and pokes this really funny movie pokes at your basic chick flick. If you have seen every girl falls in love movie released since, say, 1995, you will be able to figure out the twenty or so references in Date Movie. There are also echoes of other flicks such as Lord of the Rings, Napoleon Dynamite, and so on.

Alyson Hannigan, a Lindsay Lohan look-alike, plays Julia Jones, a waitress in a restaurant (i.e. My Big Fat Greek Wedding) after a very funny Pimp My Date bit arranged by a Hitch like character (Tony Cox), fat and frumpy Julia becomes a babe who can then go after British boyfriend Grant Funkyerdoder (an echo of Hugh Grant character).

Other comedy movies parodied in Date Movie include Bridget Jones' Diary, When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless In Seattle, Meet The Parents, Meet The Fockers, Spanglish, Mr. And Mrs. Smith, The Wedding Planner, Wedding Crashers, How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, Kill Bill 2, The Lord Of The Rings where the ring is pawned for 50 bucks, and so on.

Of course a comedy spoof cannot avoid a few gross-out moments and Date Movie does have a few. The bit with the toiled-trained cat, for example, is a very funny if way too long scatological joke. Overall, this is a very funny movie.

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