Published Aug 01, 2005Shot for a reported $1,100, the amount subject/star Brian Herzlinger won on the TV game show Taboo, My Date with Drew is an affable film that follows a fairly simple premise.
Herzlinger, an unemployed, out of shape 27-year-old, finds his swag, as well as the fact that the answer to the winning question was "Drew Barrymore," to be a sign and decides to not only attempt to ask the star for a date but also capture the whole struggle on camera. So he borrows his friend's credit card (his was declined) and buys a handy-cam at Circuit City with the intention to return it within 30 days to ensure he doesn't have to pay for the thing. The time limit gives Herzlinger and his crew of dedicated friends a small window of opportunity to work with and the viewer some much needed drama to drive the film.
What makes the My Date such an enjoyable 90 minutes isn't so much Herzlinger, who truth be told is rather loathsome initially, but the lengths this ordinary dude goes to in order to achieve his dream. Going through everyone he possibly knows - using the trusty "degrees of separation" method - just to get the number of a limo driver who has chauffeured her or a lead to get to her facialist, the desperation leaves you rooting for this loser whether you like him or not.
There are some great cameos, like Eric Roberts, who tells Brian to get in shape, and Corey Feldman, who clings to the memory of dating Drew back when he was a pre-teen. But it's the pure thrill of the ride that drives My Date and makes it an adorable document of just how easy it is to score with a Hollywood starlet, or at least her not-as-hot look-alike. (TVA)