Friday, July 11, 2008

Meet Dave: You Can Forget the Little People

Remember the days when you would rush to see an Eddie Murphy movie? Think back to all those laughable moments spent at the theater or on your couch watching repeatedly your favorite scenes from "Coming to America", "Beverly Hills Cop", "Boomerang", or "Life". What happened to those days? What changed, Eddie or the way comedy films are made? Maybe a little bit of both.

I "met" Dave earlier this week at the Landmark Theater and I wasn't impressed by anything, except maybe his tailored white suit. But vintage clothing don't make the man or the movie in this case, nor does the man make the movie. So never mind Dave, I want to be reintroduced to the comedic genius, Eddie Murphy, hiding in the large shell of himself in this movie.

Literally pulling old comedic tricks out of his butt, Murphy as Dave is outwardly a man, but is functionally a space ship operated by little people. Not dwarfs, people! I mean itty bitty people that come from nothing, or better said, the planet Nill. Captain and his crew come to New York City in search of an orb that will help save their planet by draining Earth's water supply. The powerful ball was sent years before but managed only to make it to a young boy's (Austyn Myers) fish bowl. The rest of this story is as fish out of water as it can get.

While this brother from another planet awkwardly goes about his mission, he is befriended by a young woman, Gina, (Elizabeth Banks, "Spider Man 3") and her young son, Josh (Myers), who once had the orb, but lost it to a school bully. Naturally, the more time Dave spends with them and other earthlings, the less "alien" Captain and his crew become. He begins to think Earth and its inhabitant aren't so bad and may be worth saving, but not everyone under his command agrees. Prepare for mutiny on a "small" scale!

Lastly, just as "Meet Dave" is a movie about little people, it will probably be more enjoyable to them too. And again, I mean kids not adults that are biologically and vertically challenged. The film does have a message about self esteem and feeling special which is good for youngsters. But if you already mastered these tools long ago, meeting Dave may not be necessary.

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