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20 Dates (1999)

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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 only the threats of lawsuits. After he meets shop girl Elisabeth (Elisabeth Wagner) and they become a twosome, he attempts to renegotiate his contract by stopping at 17 instead of 20 dates. This film was awarded the audience prize at the 1998 Slamdance Film Festival.

Cast

Tia Carrere
as Herself
Richard Arlook
as El agente, The Agent
Robert McKee
as himself
Elie Samaha
as Voice of the Producer, Producer
Tom Ardavany
as Jealous Boyfriend
Letitia Fox
as Herself
Julie McCullough
as Herself - Date #17
Sharon Saks
as Herself
Tava Smiley
as Herself
Shal Verini
as Shalimar (Date #3)
Sydne Squire
as Herself - the ex-wife (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for 20 Dates

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (11)

Berkowitz is a rather annoying person.

July 21, 2005

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.

March 19, 2002 | Rating: 2/4

Like an obnoxious four-year-old who believes everything he does is fascinating and adorable, filmmaker Myles Berkowitz likes to announce, at the very start of a first date, that certain foods cause him to suffer from diarrhea or constipation.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Top Critic

One of the downsides of living in a free society is that every so often someone like Myles Berkowitz gets hold of a camera.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…

The film has the obnoxious tone of a boring home movie narrated by a guy shouting in your ear.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…

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