My Date With Drew
is very little praise I could heap on My Date With Drew
that hasn’t already been heaped on it. If there is
ever a documentary that deserves a Best Comedy award, it’s
this one. If a documentary can be Magical Realism, it’s
this one. If a doc can really be a date flick, it’s
Date With Drew might be the perfect manufactured doc
That’s not a knock, by the way, but the type of doc
that is in vogue right now, like Super-Size Me, where the
documentary isn’t giving an account of an event that’s
already going on, but of one that the creators are building
for the purpose of documenting it. It’s so good, so
amazingly powerful in so many ways that it’s easily
the best movie I’ve seen all year.
concept behind My Date With Drew is simple: in
the 30 days before they have to return the camera to Circuit
City and using the 1,100 bucks that Brian Herzlinger won
on Taboo, they have to find a way to get Brian
a date with Drew Barrymore.
Yes, THE Drew Barrymore.
see, Brian has had a crush on Drew since the days he was
in her fan club when he was 10. The concept, just one date
with Drew, is a bound winner, especially the way the guys
go about it. They start asking people and friends of friends
to set them up with contact, and no one seems to come through.
Brian meets with people like Eric Roberts, Corey Feldman
and John August, the writer of Charlie’s
Angels: Full Throttle. The guys keep looking for
new avenues, and at times it seems like they are doomed
at those moments, Brian’s passion for the project
and good nature keeps everything going forward and keeps
us from bogging down in despair. His failures are simply
bumps, his successes, no matter how small, are huge and
set the standing-room only audience at Lounge on fire. Seldom
have I seen a crowd react to a documentary like they were
watching the final minutes of a close Super Bowl, but this
one certainly did.
There are a lot of great scenes, my personal favorite being
the look-alike date. You see, Brian is afraid that if he
manages to get a date with Drew, he’ll do no good,
so he hires an actress who is dead-on Drew to go on a minor
date with him. It’s a very funny scene and the girl,
who seems to just be enjoying the date with Brian, is amazingly
magical realism element is the amazing amount of coincidences
that take place throughout the film. Drew’s name and
face will pop up where it’s least expected, always
there to urge Brian on. The final answer on Taboo
was Drew Barrymore. There are Drew photos and quotes all
over the place. He’s not sure he wants a job at E!
until he sees a giant banner with Drew. It’s a doc,
and these are all things that just happened to be there.
It’s the same theme as Magnolia, in a way, only done
not to show the connections of pain, but the road one must
take to arrive at one’s dreams.
Date With Drew is going to be coming to theatres, so
keep your eyes open. There is no way you should miss a great
film. If you like Docs, this one will show you what guys
can do with a lot of passion. If you love comedies, this’ll
have you rolling on the floor at times. If you like Drew
Barrymore, then you’ll love this homage to her life
and works. This is the documentary of the year, in my opinion.
it’s also a great date film. Trust me, if you’re
looking to score a little love, bring her here to see My
Date With Drew.