If the ambition is to provide two hours of instantly forgettable, popcorn-munching escapism, it succeeds.
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It's simply great fun, a winsome film and an occasionally over-the-top luxury fantasy that never flags.
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If you want to explain why a movie is good or bad, it sometimes helps to highlight hits and misses from the careers of the people responsible for its production. Let's see who were at the helm of 'Meet Dave', shall we?This movie was directed by Brian Robbins, who has more producer credits to his name than he does director credits. After 'Meet Dave' he directed a couple TV episodes and 2012's 'A Thousand Words', also featuring Eddie Murphy. With both 'Meet Dave' and 'A Thousand Words' failing to impress audiences, Mr. Robbins called it quits in 2012 as a director. I'm worried he would have reached new 'Norbit'-like depths had he decided to continue.On to the next one: writer Rob Greenberg. He was known for writing episodes for the 90's sitcom 'Frasier'. Don't bother looking them up, you won't find much.Should I continue after these two?I feel bad ripping on the movie's lead actor, Eddie Murphy. His career has been in the gutter after he voiced the tiny Chinese dragon Mushu in the Disney hit 'Mulan', only to get some kind of success with Shrek. But this is no 'Coming To America', 'The Golden Child or 'Trading Places'. Hell, it's not even 'Metro' or 'Beverly Hills Cop'. Here, as 'Dave', he has his moments, but they are few and far between. I much prefer it when he writes his own material (except 'Norbit'), but his stand-up comedy days are in a distant past now.So what's the problem? I blame it on Murphy's inability to pick decent scripts. Look at his resume since the late 90's: almost all of his films were badly written, directed and ill conceived. And that's where I'm back at the first two people I led to the slaughterhouse: Mr. Robbins and Greenberg.With all that out of the way, let's talk about the plot here. Dave Ming-Chang (Murphy) is a space ship / vessel controlled by alien miniature humans that has come to earth to retrieve a water- absorbing weapon that had a failed mission to Earth, and also serves as the guardian of a boy, whose mother is widow (Elizabeth Banks). Still with me? I hope so. Just imagine the production meeting where someone, I suspect Robbins or Greenberg, pitched this plot to reps of Regency Entertainment, the production company. I envision it going something like this:Exec: "So, you want money from us? For what? What hit did you guys write?"Robbins / Greenberg: "Dave Ming-Chang is a space ship / vessel controlled by alien miniature humans that has come to earth to retrieve a water-absorbing weapon that had a failed mission to Earth."Exec: "Wow, that sounds great. It's funny, right?"Robbins: "Yeah. Eddie is in it. So we're aiming at theaters, not TV."Exec: "Great, how much?"Greenberg: "$60,000,000 will do."Exec" "Deal. Just make sure you double it at the box office. We didn't do too well on 'Jumper' and 'The Onion Movie'."It probably went something like that.And well, we all know what happened. The boys got their $60M and Regency got about $11.8M back at the box office. And neither of them was heard from again.And of story? No. I still had to see this film. 90 minutes of which about 63 seconds in total were worth my time because Mr. Murphy did or said something funny. So you better heed my advice and avoid this in favor of something from Eddie's early days.
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OK I don't know why this movie has so many neg reviews! I laughed so many times ... great comedy! Brings me back to see Eddy back like this! It's a bit cheesy... but I definitely laughed a lot! Ultimately I felt it was 2hrs well spent! When "Dave" deals with the bully I laughed ... Marc Blucas was only in it for a few shots but dang he is hot brings me back to the later seasons of Buffy the vampire slayer when he played her boyfriend ... Pat Kilbane plays #4 and well he is hilarious later in the movie but don't want 2 spoil anything! Austyn Myers is cute kid in the movie. Take the 2hrs 2 watch it you wont regret it. It's amusing to see the "Dave ship" awkwardly attempting to mimic human behavior. Great family movie. Enjoy.
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A friend once said to me, of "Death to Smoochy", "It's not a great movie, but there's nothing wrong with enjoying it." The same can be said of "Meet Dave". It's not an extraordinary, timeless work of art, but it is undeniably enjoyable. And, occasionally, it might actually touch your heart.And, at long last, I feel like I've once again gotten a taste of the Eddie Murphy I came to know and love from when he first plied his wares on Saturday Night Live.In a nutshell, it's a boffo sci-fi comedy, with a lot of the usual premise and plot elements. It's a kind of over-the-top, glitzy, "Brother from Another Planet," and it refuses to take itself seriously.There are certainly better flicks out there, but I honestly don't feel inclined to steer you away from this one. Check it out.
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Hey, this movie made me laugh out loud a dozen times, it is more fun than most of the big comedy flicks out there in the last five years. Come on laughs, unique special effects, a fun if improbable plot (well it is sci fiction after all). Good for the whole family to watch together with a number of subtle and not so subtle take offs. Oh, I'm sorry no overt sex and violence to speak of even with a couple of hot babes in the cast for eye candy. I can't understand the fairly low rating of 4.9, it deserves better. Especially interesting was the dual role of Eddie Murphy, playing both the space ship and the captain of the space ship. Not your usual dual role even for Murphy. Perhaps the movie just didn't have a specific audience, appealing a bit to everyone but not a lot to one group of viewers. Who knows...