Before he was cast as Captain Kirk in J.J. Abram’s Star Trek (2009), he played a role as a blind man looking for love, Danny, in the 2007 movie, Blind Dating. While it may only have 25% on Rotten Tomatoes, I absolutely loved this movie and could not stop laughing from start to finish.
I have some theories as to why this got such a low rating—one of them might be that the humor is very lame. Readers familiar with my tastes know, I love lame humor. Also, this movie was released in May 2007, meaning it was competing with other releases such as 28 Weeks Later, Spider-Man 3, Shrek 3, and Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End. So it makes sense that this didn’t get a lot of love.
Still, if you enjoyed movies like My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) or the first The Princess Diaries (2001), then I’d like to say it’s very likely you’ll enjoy this film. Especially if you enjoyed My Big Fat Greek Wedding. There’s Windex-esque humor and plenty of it.
Aside from the fact that I wasn’t completely sold on Chris Pine’s acting, in addition to the fact that the movie tries to make cheating on your fiancée attractive and totally okay so long as both parties are madly in love with each other, I found the rest of the movie to be pretty entertaining.
The main character, Danny, is blind from birth and he’s got a mostly happy-go-lucky personality. His family consists of a younger sister, older brother (Eddie Kay Thomas), and two very overbearing parents—overall a very quirky family. The older brother, Larry, actually really got on my nerves at first, but the character grew on me over time. Once you get past his misogynistic and chauvinistic ways, as off-beat as he is in showing his brotherly love, it’s clear that he does care about his brother.
One thing I thought this movie did well was its age-to-age casting. What I mean is the child actors that were chosen looked a lot like their older counterparts, and I also thought Pine and Thomas stayed true to the character the child actors set.
I’m not sure if this was intentional, but the ending to the movie seemed kind of Bollywood. Not pointing that out as a bad thing—I rather enjoy Bollywood movies. While I’m on that subject, if you are interested in Bollywood movies and have not yet heard of Shah from The Blank Page Beatdown, then I highly recommend you stop by his blog and check it out! He’s reviewed a slew of Bollywood films—so many that I think it’s safe to call him an authority on the genre.
Oh, I almost forgot, I’ve got to rate this movie. Hahahahaha.
FINAL VERDICT: C
I didn’t think this was a terrible movie, but I’d also be lying if I said this deserves some kind of big award. It’s just a funny, quick watch that’s perfect for when you want to unwind and feel like watching a movie where you don’t have to think too hard about plot or anything else.
A few last plugs before I close. For some reason I totally saw the guys at 3Guys1Movie cracking up at several points in this movie. It could very well be that I have misjudged what they find amusing, but I’m pretty sure they would have laughed at a good portion of the movie. Regardless of whether or not I’m correct in my theory, these guys have a great blog. They review a lot of movies (even those from the horror genre that I so dread), and they’ve got one of the best movie rating systems I’ve ever come across. Please do check them out. Also, while I’m on the subject of horror, if that’s totally your cup of tea, then a great movie blogger to read up on is Tysoncarter. He runs a blog called Head in a Vice. And last, but not least, when it comes to great movie rating systems, another great blogger to hit up is Movie Boozer. Not only do they rate movies in beer measurements, they also tack a drinking game on to every review. Pretty useful if you’re in need of a good movie drinking game for a party.
If you like what you read, please be sure to give their blogs some love, and if you’re on Twitter, be sure to give them a shout. And if you follow them, you won’t regret it. These guys not only interact with their fan base, they’re also quite the hilarious bunch. Don’t miss out on all the fun!
Wow, ‘an authority on the genre’. I don’t disagree… but just, wow. Thanks for the shout out Rae! Much appreciated.
I actually haven’t heard of this movie, ever. I doubt I’ll check it out though. I’m good with the Chris Pine I’ve seen so far. I like the guy, let’s see what he keeps doing in the future. He seems like a Gerard Butler type… a few awesome movies, then gets trapped in Rom-Com Hell!
Hoping that’s not the case.
I wouldn’t write it off completely. Sure, it’s not the groundbreaking film of the century, but I think it’s actually pretty darn hilarious, especially since it’s now an “older” movie. It’s easy to forgive, if you know what I mean.
And as much as I adore Chris Pine as eye candy, I actually wouldn’t be surprised if he got stuck in the same trap. I have yet to see him really stretch his acting ability outside of Star Trek.
I like Eddie Kay Thomas. There was an Indie film he was in, I believe in 2002, called Winter Break which I thought he was funny in aside from the American Pie flicks. Have you seen this one?
I may have to check this one out when released on Redbox. I’m similar on the humor side, i.e. Billy Madison, Dumb and Dumber
HAHAHA. I didn’t really care for Billy Madison, but Dumb and Dumber…I always die laughing at the IOU part.
Let me know if you ever check this one out; I’d love to hear what you think about it! 🙂