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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.
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    R (adult situations/language, sex)
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    Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Cast

Tia Carrere
as Herself
Richard Arlook
as El agente, The Agent
Robert McKee
as himself
Elie Samaha
as Producer, Voice of the 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
Houston Chronicle
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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.

March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
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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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
CNN.com
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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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The film has the obnoxious tone of a boring home movie narrated by a guy shouting in your ear.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for 20 Dates

[size=6][color=red]20 dates [/color][/size] :fresh: Myles Berkowitz went searching for the perfect woman...and scored with the perfect romantic comedy. This "ingeniously conceived, laugh-out-loud hunt for a girlfriend" (Los Angeles Times) depicts one man's heartfelt and hilarious quest for love, including a scandalous tryst with actress Tia Carrere and a Playboy playmate! wha i think :fresh: 20 dates one of those films lots of people will past up it's a intesting look into the dating life of a guy that i found plain annoying .this movie is good for a laugh or too and is worth a watch

john r
john r

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