My Date With Drew
- Jon Gunn
- Brian Herzlinger
- Brett Winn
- Reviewed by
- Josť Ruiloba a.k.a. Morris
- Review date
- Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Brian Herzlinger has had a crush with Drew Barrymore since they were both children. He even stood next to her in a movie premiere, but completely froze the moment he was going to approach her. After winning $1,100 in a quiz show pilot, and lacking a stable job, he decided to document his quest to get a date with Drew. He had to do that in 30 days, since thatís the period that Circuit City gave customers at the time to return merchandise with no questions asked. So he bought a camera, enlisted the help of two friends, Jon Gunn and Brett Winn, and simply went for it.
There is some question about how much of a documentary this is. When you watch it, it looks and feels like ďreality TVĒ, but thatís unfair. The way that Herzlinger, Gunn and Winn shot and put together the material ended up being a lot more than maybe even they had expected. My Date With Drew is so charming and funny that it owes nothing to much bigger Hollywood productions. Big studios only wish their movies could come up like this more often.
For the movie to work, we have to believe in Brian. After all, isnít his quest a little bit silly? What good can meeting a big star make? But some people see it differently and he knows it. I, for instance, have a huge crush on Salma Hayek. And I consider myself a sane, intelligent and grounded person. So whatís wrong with that? Nothing really. And Brian has no problem in convincing us. It also helps that heís charismatic, witty, honest and humorous. Watching this guy trying desperately to make his dream come true is both high-value entertainment and also completely inspirational. The movie suddenly becomes a lot more than just meeting Drew, itís about a guyís persistence to get what he wants in life. And by the end we are true believers.
I will definitely not delve into spoiler territory and whether he achieves the date or not. I had a blast watching the movie without knowing much beforehand, and thatís the way it should be. Iím tempted to tell you which Hollywood personalities end up in the movie, or the different ways in which Brian and his pals try to get to Drew, but I wonít. Iíll just say the movie leaves you with a smile after itís over, because by then you have put your heart into it, and not in vain.
Great work by everyone involved. It was a cool concept from the beginning and ended up as a great doc which works like wonders in what it sets out to do.
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