Saturday, March 11, 2006

Date Movie

My milk shake brings all the boys to the yard,
and they're like,
its better than yours,
damn right its better than yours,
I can teach you,
but I have to charge

I know you want it,
the thing that makes me,
what the guys go crazy for.
They lose their minds,
the way I wind,
I think its time

la la-la la la,
warm it up.
la la-la la la,
the boys are waiting

- Milkshake by Kelis

That my friends, was what actually put me on a theatre seat to sit through the crass comedy Date Movie, with an incredible fat (courtesy of a fat suit) Alyson Hannigan gyrating to Milkshake. Like Scary Movie (hey, written by 2 of the 6 writers you know?), it spoofs its own genre of movies, and here, it's the romance genre.

What's the plot? There is no plot to speak of. It's just stringing together a series of spoofs into an 80 minute movie, drawing its material, and this list is not exhaustive, from movies like Bridget Jones' Diary, Kill Bill, Meet the Parents, Dodgeball, Meet the Fockers (down to the kid and cat), Pretty Woman, When Harry Met Sally, King Kong, Hitch, etc. Some celebrities also get ribbed, like Mr and Mrs Britney Spears, and Michael Jackson.

But basically, it's about a fat girl, Julia Jones (Hannigan) working in a Greek Diner (familiar?), having extremely mixed parentage, who falls in love with a Jude Law lookalike - Grant Funkyerdoder. She enlists the help of guru Hitch, and gets herself trimmed down in a car workshop (don't ask). Struggling with constant insecurities, and extremely huge zits, of course don't help. And to make things worse, Grant's ex-fiancee Andy (an extremely curvy Sophie Monk, taking the usual sex-kitten turns in washing cars, munching burgers, and scantily clad, if not at all), turns up the heat and tries to wreck Julia's and Grant's upcoming marriage.

What else can I say about the acting - it's essentially non-existent. Some sequences, like the Mr and Mrs Smith one, are done pretty accurately, like right down to Brad Pitt's crew cut hairstyle. And if you're not a fan of toilet / crass humour, then you might want to give this movie a miss, especially since it plays up the scenes in the original movies, a way lot worse than intended (swallowing sweaty chest hair anyone?)

The only way to possible enjoy a movie like this, is like the old cliche goes, by leaving your brains at the door. There are many laugh-a-moments, but after the movie, they're mostly forgotten stuff. Good for de-stressing after a long hard day. And I think my friend Richard would probably enjoy the Kill Bill bits, and oh my, the burgers :-D

P.S. Stay a while during the end credits, there's another Mr and Mrs Smith spoof scene.

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