20 Dates (1998)
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Myles Berkowitz wrote and directed this mock documentary about a filmmaker who gets a producer to finance his personal search for a girlfriend, filming the odyssey on a $60,000 budget. In the opening credits, Berkowitz tries to drive onto studio lots without success. His first date observes that the film is really only about himself, and his second date exits the restaurant and doesn't return. After a discussion with script analyst Robert McKee, he decides to use hidden cameras -- which bring
Feb 26, 1999 Wide
Aug 3, 1999
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
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A chronicle of how aspiring American filmmaker Myles Berkowitz finally came up with an idea for selling a film: He'd combine his two areas of failure in life -- trying to break into movies and trying to find a girlfriend -- into one problem.
Berkowitz went to great trouble to stage, edit, and control certain aspects of his film so that it has a formulaic dramatic structure; one wonders why he didn't make the effort to present himself as a likable human being.
What's so disagreeable about Berkowitz is that he seems to think that his natural tendency towards egotistical self-promotion is an adorable quirk, something that you should be completely taken with even as it makes your skin crawl.
20 Dates may be unpleasant to watch, but despite Berkowitz's icky manners and unwinning calculations, he does find true love.
The film has the obnoxious tone of a boring home movie narrated by a guy shouting in your ear.
An intermittently hilarious, often painful and too frequently self indulgent documentary.
Myles Berkowitz may be the most annoying human being alive.
Had the filmmaker gone the path of the true, entertaining, and unpretentious faux-documentary, the audience would have cheered our love-starved hero along his entire journey rather than restlessly waiting for a date to strangle him with a camera cable.
It doesn't help that the film eventually loses its focus and has to fumble back to the real storyline at the very end.
Myles Berkowitz doesn't appear to have a soul, just an ego that fails to grasp why women don't love him.
Myles Berkowitz is an out-of-work director and egomaniac with a clever idea that is destroyed by his self-indulgence.
There's plenty of spunk, but the high-concept low comedy drags on like the awkward dates it lampoons.
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