(cert 12, 81 mins, twentieth century fox home entertainment, comedy/drama, also available to buy dvd £19.99)
Starring: Alyson Hannigan, Adam Campbell, Jennifer Coolidge, Eddie Griffin, Fred Willard, Sophie Monk, Tony Cox.
Julia Jones (Hannigan) is over-weight and seriously depressed. She doesn't stand a chance in a world where beautiful means thin. So she approaches date doctor Hitch (Cox), who uses a team of car mechanics to beat Julia's gelatinous bodywork into shape.
Soon after, the new and improved Julia develops an all-consuming crush on British hunk Grant Funkyerdoder (Campbell). However, the path to true love is littered with obstacles, including Julia's interfering father (Griffin), Grant's deranged parents (Willard, Coolidge) and his insanely jealous best friend (Monk).
Date Movie is a tiresome, humourless affair that will put you in the mood for sleep rather than amour.
Co-writers Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg spend the first ten minutes poking relentless fun at overweight people, including a dance sequence to Kelis's Milk-shake. A painful skit on The Lord Of The Rings is hopelessly misplaced; equally poor are sequences involving Kill Bill and Michael Jackson.
Hannigan works incredibly hard to bring a sense of fun and energy to Date Movie, but she's hamstrung by a script that lacks imagination and invention. Campbell lacks the necessary charm or charisma and there's no sexual chemistry whatsoever with his kooky leading lady.
The running gag about Julia's heritage - her father is African-American, her mother is Indian and her sister is Japanese - is a giggle, and Willard and Coolidge are wacky imitations of Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand. Even the sight of the Funkyerdoder family cat making a noisy visit to the toilet warrants a smile.
The rest of the film deserves to be flushed down the u-bend. Not even the promise of additional, never-before-seen footage, exclusive to the DVD release, can make this spoof romantic comedy any more desirable.
DVD Extras: Director, writer and cast commentaries, Scott Foundas and Bob Strauss anti-commentary, laugh track, On Dating featurette, Fun With Casting featurette, Fox Movie Channel Presents 'Making A Spoof',12 deleted scenes.