My Date With Drew

Critics Consensus

A love-it-or-hate-it stalkerazzi documentary, My Date With Drew effectively draws on America's celeb-obsessed pop culture so that viewers either unabashedly identify with it, or are filing restraining orders on Drew Barrymore's behalf.

71%

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Total Count: 65

57%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 10,340
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For years, Brian Herzlinger has had a crush on a pretty girl. There's nothing so strange about that, or even that the girl in question is the famous actress Drew Barrymore. What is unusual is that Herzlinger decided to do something about it. Herzlinger was flat broke and out of work when he won 1,100 dollars on a game show, and decided it was time to make his dream come true -- and make a movie about it at the same time. Herzlinger and a friend bought a high-end video camera at an electronics store with a 30-day, "no questions asked" return policy, and with his 1,100-dollar bankroll, they set out to find a way to meet Drew Barrymore and have Brian take her out on a date before they ran out of cash and had to return the camera. My Date With Drew is the document of Herzlinger's struggle to live out a regular guy's dream. My Date With Drew won the Audience Award at the 2004 HBO Comedy Arts Festival.

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  • Sep 27, 2011
    Interesting enough to follow through to the end. Drew Barrymore is a sweetheart.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 02, 2011
    "30 Days, $1100, For  an Ordinary Guy to get a Date with Drew Barrymore" I did not anticipate liking this documentary as much as I did. Brian takes a risk and tries to get a date with his dream girl, Drew Barrymore. He goes through endless amounts of people to try to get the date. We see Eric Roberts and Corey Feldman interviewed. Barrymore's facialist is in it. A couple of screenwriters have interviews, including John August who wrote Charlie's Angels. The cool thing about it, is just how into it the three filmmakers are. Brian's friends care; I'm not going to say as much, but they truly care if Brian ends up getting the date. Why this movie is easy to enjoy is because Brian is a likable guy. He's nice and basically just a normal guy. He doesn't have the most confidence in the world and that adds more likability to the movie. If he was a confident guy, it would have taken all the fun out of the movie. The movie actually turns out being pretty funny, but not in the way I thought it would be. I thought I would think it was funny because some loser guy is trying to get a date with Drew. That is not how it turns out in the end. 
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 02, 2010
    I really enjoyed this documentary about a plain guy trying to get a date with a superstar. Filmed with a simple video camera and an $1100 budget we get to see Brian try and make his dream come true. We see as he uses every connection he has to try and get a message to Drew, we seem him dodge his bank as he runs out of cash, we see him at his worst and his best. At times I found myself yelling at him that he needed to get a job or use some of the budget to pay his bills but he didn't and I'm glad. He kept on going and in the end he made a really enjoyable documentary.
    Jason S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 03, 2008
    "<i>30 days, $1100, For an Ordinary Guy to Get a Date with Drew Barrymore.</i>" If one had to classify <i>My Date with Drew</i>, it would of course fall under the documentary umbrella. A more honest appraisal, however, would be to call it "reality TV" for the big screen. After all, it has the same quintessential appeal: an "everyman" as the protagonist, an unscripted narrative, and plenty of spontaneous action. No, director-producer-star Brian Herzlinger doesn't have to ingest bugs or swing out building windows to attain his goal, but he does have to jump through quite a few proverbial hoops. <a href="http://s172.photobucket.com/albums/w25/EarthlyAlien/?action=view¤t=mydate.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w25/EarthlyAlien/mydate.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> Although <i>My Date with Drew</i> has a straightforward and feather-light premise, it stumbles, perhaps unwittingly, into deep waters. The film touches tangentially on such weighty philosophical issues as the relevance of the cult of celebrity in modern society, the importance of dogged persistence in following one's dreams, and the recognition that anyone with a camera can make a film. Of course, you can ignore all that stuff if you want to. Herzlinger knows it's there, but he doesn't dwell on it. The primary purpose of <i>My Date with Drew</i> is to show one man's heroic struggle to sit down for a meal with the object of a lifelong crush, Drew Barrymore. Whether he succeeds or not, that's for people to find out. <i>My Date with Drew</i> functions as much as a primer on how to conduct underground filmmaking as it does an offbeat romantic comedy. That classification is probably as big a misnomer as the documentary one. Outside of his fantasies, Herzlinger had no romantic designs on Barrymore. In fact, he apparently became romantically linked with his producer, Kerry David, during production. The film's mission statement was to the act itself of making it - for $1100 in 30 days. It came in on budget, although behind schedule. The video camera was "borrowed" from Circuit City. (At the time, the store had a 30-day free trail period.) Obviously, <i>My Date with Drew</i> was assembled in the editing room, but the three directors - Herzlinger and friends Jon Gunn and Brett Winn - know where to point the camera and have an understanding of basic filmmaking techniques, such as how to frame a shot. The film is funny and sweet. It takes a little while to get going, and, near the beginning, you're tempted to agree with one of Brian's friends, Bill D'Elia, who comments on the uselessness of his dream. "When I was your age," he notes, "My dream was world peace." Compared to that, going out on a date with Drew Barrymore is futile at best. It doesn't take long, however, before we're rooting for Brian. He has managed to do what Myles Berkowitz failed at in his 1998 documentary, <i>20 Dates</i> - make himself into a likeable character. Note to directors: if you're going to produce a documentary about yourself, make sure you come across as someone the audience will enjoy spending two hours with. The pursuit of a celebrity has the potential to turn into something creepy. After all, there are at least as many stalkers in Hollywood as there are stars. So Herzlinger avoids anything that could be construed as stalking. Sure, he's a big fan, but he doesn't want to be disrespectful. So his initial strategy is to play the Six Degrees of Separation game (find someone who knows someone who knows Drew). When that doesn't work, he turns to the most powerful tool of his generation: the Internet. The website becomes his conduit to success. That right there might be to give away the outcome of Herzlinger's journey, but whether or not he actually gets the date with Barrymore isn't revealed until the film's conclusion, although the DVD packaging has seen fit to divulge the answer right on the back cover. At any rate, by the time everything is said and done, it's obvious that the end result of his quest isn't as important as his journey - which is, at times, surprisingly inspiring and uplifting. In its current state, <i>My Date with Drew</i> is just about the right length, and contains enough feel-good energy to make it a crowd-pleaser. God knows I've always been a bit of a cynic towards Hollywood and its stars, yet Brian won me over. Quite charming and enthusiastic.
    Pedro P Super Reviewer

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