Meet Dave Reviews
Its a funny little kids movie, that is entertaining just incredibly predictable that is a bit boring!
The concept is ok nothing too original and its all very simple looking with some really terrible effects later on in the film. The internal scenes inside Murphy are quite good, they look good and are alittle amusing in places as the crew helm the Murphy spacecraft hehe
Very silly, very basic usual family stuff from Murphy, but it does have alittle spark of charm, genius or loveability that somehow manages to grab you, dunno how or why though haha
The film revolves around an alien spaceship that looks like Alex Foley. Inside are people about an inch and a half high with their captain also looking like Axel Foley. It starts as your typical rube in New York City story with Murphy's ship getting hit by a single mom (why Elizabeth Banks, why!?!?) and her son who also happens to be the kid that found the water sucking orb that will save their planet. The film is basically the rube story as Murphy's Captain character realizes that he can't destroy this world to save his own.
Meet Dave is ridiculous as hell. I'm not talking about the little people alien aspects of the film, I'm talking about the piss poor writing from Rob Greenberg and Bill Corbett. I'm checking to see if they're in the 2nd grade- no, but Corbett worked on Mystery Science Theater 3000. What the hell did they run out of movies and needed another piece of garbage to trash? Two examples that stick out for me are the stereotypes. A black crewmember on the S.S. Murphy hears hip hop and suddenly transforms into a jive talking gangster. The second crew member sees thirty seconds of A Chorus Line and suddenly becomes a homosexual. Hopefully none of them saw this film because they would be suddenly transformed into bad film makers and actors.
Eddie Murphy plays the schtick that he's played in countless crappy family films over the last fifteen years. I heard that he was going to retire from acting and go back to stand up. I would be hilarious to see this kids growing up with Father Knows Best Eddie Murphy watching a sequel to Eddie Murphy Raw- including the jump suit! The rest of the cast are typical over actors because it's supposed to be funny. It's not funny. It's overacting you goofs.
Director Brian Robbins' career is filled with tons of mindless crap that Hollywood loves to shove down our throats. He must work cheap, especially after last years masterpiece Norbit (I'm not willing to take that one for the team).
If given a choice between Meet Dave and a colonoscopy, I would have to think about it. At least you get drugged during the colonoscopy. Or I would just watch a superior film with the same sort of story called Innerspace.
In "Norbit", Eddie Murphy has no fat suit. He plays the captain of a spaceship that looks like him. Ok, normally I would not watch a film with this kind of synopsis but I gave it a shot. Actually, "Meet Dave" had its moments.
The film is filled with gags. The story is thin, almost harmless with the obvious storyline of an alien race learning about the human culture etc. The gags mostly base on this. Mix in a bit of love and there you have it... "Meet Dave".
The film had me laugh out loud a couple of times. In overall, the film is a harmless, brainless, somewhat funny film, but it woun't last multiple viewings.
It's fine for a night with dad and the kids but mom or anyone else for that matter will be quite annoyed with the low brow humor and scatological jokes.
It is so sad to see huge amounts of money being pumped in to create such garbage whilst people starve around the world. I feel quite perturbed that these Hollywood movie makers have such low respect for their audiences, what is wrong with them.
Just an example of the stupidity in this movie
1) Eddie and the lady are thrown from huge Dave and hit the concrete after falling like, 100 metres and were fine! 2) that extremely irritating bursting out of the closet gay alien, just moronic 3) the stereotypical black guy theme peppered throughout the movie, I would have found that very offensive if I were black 4)the tiny Eddie talking to a crowd of people form the large Eddie-spaceships tongue, i mean how could anybody hear a 1cm alien whisper talking 10 metres away!! 5)the aliens look, act, talk the same as Humans, this just showed no imagination and lack of care 6)the noises and behavior and ability of spaceship-Dave seems to go unquestioned by all the characters. Somebody who can eat 30 huge hot dogs in like 5 seconds, i am sure, would arouse suspicion.
I know I am being very critical of this movie and I am aware that the movie is meant to be a light, silly comedy. However, the movie is a perfect paradigm of everything that is wrong with Hollywood these days - ignorance and laziness.
From what I've heard from a friend of mine, and some trusted people here on Flixster, and just from the trailer alone, this movie is 100% avoidable!