Release Date: August 5th, 2005 by DEJ Productions.
Directed by Brian Herzlinger, Jon Gunn, and Brett Winn.
BASIC PREMISE: A documentary about Brian Herzlinger who has only 30 days and a budget of $1,100 to get one date with Drew Barrymore.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: The premise of this very original documentary is equally bold and outrageous. However, the real surprise is not only that all of the scenes really took place, but that an ordinary-looking man can have so much confidence and charisma. This could have been an annoying vanity project, but, fortunately, it is hilarious, inventive and even magical! Sounds like a fairy tale and even an epic. The ordinary-looking man is Brian Herzlinger, whose hyperactive energy is very contagious--both onscreen and off-screen. The funniest scenes are when his friends, family, and ex-girlfriend react to his crazy goal. His mom retorts that he should go on a date with a real person, but Drew Barrymore is a real person in every sense of the word, so what's the problem? The real problem is that Drew is engaged to her boyfriend. That does not stop Brian from trying, though. His 6-degrees of separation plan is quite inventive and luckily successful--he even gets an interview with John August, the writer of Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. Everyone in Hollywood gives him advice, even Drew's sister! One of the most entertaining scenes is when he crashes the Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle premiere in a very sleazy yet successful way--thanks to good friends and high-tech equipment. The end result of all the attempts is very rewarding and miraculous in more ways than one.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: Persistence and confidence is part of the key to success. Luck is also necessary but Brian has plenty of it. He puts everything on the line just to fulfill his lifelong dream. That inspiring decision makes him like a hero who achieves the impossible. Sometimes, it takes one small event, such as a date with a special person, to change your life even if the moment is brief. It is equally uplifting to note that Brian has a healthy obsession with Drew that never turns into anything remotely creepy or perverse. His infatuation with her is strictly platonic and genuine which makes this a very heartfelt documentary that anyone of any age can--and should--watch.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 0
THE BOTTOM LINE: A surprisingly hilarious, heartfelt, insightful, and miraculous documentary with a refreshing jolt of charisma and energy! The most inspiring documentary of the year so far!
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)
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