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Mystery Date (1991)

Ethan Hawke , Teri Polo , Jonathan Wacks  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ethan Hawke, Teri Polo, Brian McNamara, Fisher Stevens, BD Wong
  • Directors: Jonathan Wacks
  • Writers: Parker Bennett, Terry Runte
  • Producers: Cathleen Summers, Susan Moore
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: January 7, 2003
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000714C0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,305 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mystery Date" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

A Risky Business clone with loftier ambitions, Mystery Date holds up surprisingly well despite its '80s teen-flick trappings. This was Ethan Hawke's follow-up to the successful family adventure White Fang, and it's fun to watch the fresh-faced future Mr. Uma Thurman playing a shy guy named Tom who's obsessed with his dishy neighbor Geena (then-newcomer Teri Polo, in '80s big-hair splendor). When Tom's criminally entangled brother (Brian McNamara) manipulates Tom into a mistaken-identity date with Geena, they soon find themselves chased by a crazed delivery driver (Fisher Stevens), a hot-headed L.A. detective (SCTV alumnus Tony Rosato), and a Chinese mob kingpin (B.D. Wong) whose henchmen are named Ben and Jerry (giving some indication of this movie's dim sense of humor). Plot twists proliferate, and Polo (who had to wait until 2000's Meet the Parents for another decent movie role) manages to flatten her funniest line of dialogue. All of which makes Mystery Date a hit or miss affair, but mostly it hits. --Jeff Shannon

Product Description

Academy AwardÂ(r) nominee* Ethan Hawke (Training Day) is irresistible (Los Angeles Times) as he romances Teri Polo (Meet the Parents) in this sexy, fast-paced comedy filled with more than a few unexpected twists (Leonard Maltin)! Sweet-natured Tom (Hawke) is obsessed with his beautiful neighbor Geena (Polo), but he's too shy to ask her out. Fortunately, Tom's older brother is there to set it up and lend a hand as well as cash, his car, his credit card and his suit. But before they've even ordered appetizers, a case of mistaken identity turns Tom's dream date with Geena into a nightmare. Soon, a wicked crime lord, a wacked-out delivery man and a pair of crooked cops are after Tom, determined to kill much more than the evening's romantic mood.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderfully Funny Romantic Comedy...... April 18, 2003
"Mystery Date" stars Ethan Hawke (Training Day) and Teri Polo (Meet The Parents) in a great romantic-comedy that is sure to be loved by everyone. Geena (Polo) stars as the gorgeous neighbour of Tom (Hawke), whom he is completely infatuated with. Tom tries to get the nerve to ask her out, but fails at every turn. A surprise visit from his older brother (Brian McNamara) brings a bit of luck Tom's way. Through a bit of work, Tom's brother sets him up on a date with Geena. Things couldn't be better, except for the small of exception of a little bit of mistaken identity on the part of Tom. For some reason, people think he's his older brother. Over the course of the evening the duo have run-ins with a maniacal flower delivery boy (Fisher Stevens), paid-off cops, a crime lord and other trouble. Do the two escape alive, or does this spell the end of Tom and Geena? I highly recommend this movie as the laughs are plenty. Many people are sure to relate to this romantic-comedy about a first-date. Ethan and Teri do wonderful jobs in their respective rolls and the movie has got a pretty decent transfer too. The disc has both widescreen and fullscreen versions of the movie, in addition to the original trailer. Watch, enjoy, laugh, and you will not be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie! March 18, 2003
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I don't even remember how I stumbled across this movie, but it has remained one of my favorites through the years.
I recommend this movie to anyone who has ever gone on a first date and experienced the nightmares that can come when things don't go as planned. The 'hero' of our story has a crush on the girl next door secretly until his brother convinces and later sets up on a date with her. Unknown to our hero is that his 'mystery date' is the alibi for his brother.
On the run from the crooks and the cops he must keep his date entertained and alive until he can get to the bottom of the plot against him.
I wore out the VHS tape at the video store so I had to buy the DVD. See this movie! You will not regret it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun March 28, 2004
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This movie offers a lot of funs. The story moves very well to me. The most important thing is that I'm very happy after watching this one (even after watching a couple of times). Just love it (one of my favorites of all time)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is he a murderer or just a kid on a date? May 27, 2013
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I enjoy watching this movie every so often...good characters...good story...something to sit back with a good bag of popcorn.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars blackcomedyheaven October 15, 2003
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I need to buy this movie. one of my favorites of Ethan Hawke. its about Hawke who is in love with his next door neighbor played by the fantasically beautiful Teri Polo and his brother(Bill McNamara) sets him up on the date. suddenly people mistake him for his brother who turns out to be a hit man and things start to happen that are crazy. B.D. Wong is a scream.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST SEE SUSPENCE, COMADY, AND ROMANCE. October 12, 2000
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This movie is a must see. It is packed with action, and has a good story line. This was not a big hit, but to me is a cult classic. The music for this movie is good, if you like, INXS, Seal, and a hand full of other 80's bands. Don't miss out on this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery Date. . . January 24, 2003
By A Customer
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"Mystery Date" is one of those rare 'romantic comedies' that both males and females will enjoy, thanks to its darker-than-most premise, which involves murder and some very funny (if ridiculous) mischief. Fisher Stephens portraying a very disturbed florist is one of the highlights. This movie also remains an icon of early 90s pop culture, and if you have a soft spot for the period, it's sure to enhance your enjoyment of the film. Good stuff. They don't make them like this anymore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Movie June 4, 2014
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Classic movie. I have always loved this movie. I now have the DVD version. I enjoy GWAR's appearance in the movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see
I have seen it before and I love this movie.
Published 6 days ago by Daniel Mckinstry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Favorite movie. If anyone I date doesn't like it, it's a deal breaker. :)
Published 1 month ago by Laura Daniels
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventures in Babysitting with a date
A movie about a guy whose brother is smooth and wanted by the law. The brother gets Ethan Hawkes character a date with a beautiful neighbor gal but uses his ID. Read more
Published 8 months ago by G. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars A very funny date movie or just to watch by yourself
This is a very funny romantic what happened movie. It's predictable, but definitely worth your time and money. Ethan Hawke and Teri Polo are great together. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rich
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
I loved it, the product arrived early, without a mark on it, and it was packaged correctly which I loved as well.
Published 18 months ago by Sabrina Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this to Lovers.
I rated this movie when I was back in college and it is a funny somewhat dark comedy about two strangers on a chaotic first date. A very good buy.
Published 18 months ago by Leonard
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 for a quality film
So, what is this mystery date? Well, I reckon it's a bit like 2010's 'Date Night' myself - ordinary, quiet people get caught up in a wild, dangerous web of crime and... Read more
Published on June 3, 2012 by Tnahpellee
3.0 out of 5 stars strange premise but entertaining
Reminds me of a lesser quality "Adventures in Babysitting" mixed with a "Something About Marry". I would not say this is a "romantic comedy". Read more
Published on February 14, 2012 by S. T. Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars So excited when I found this
I have loves this movie since I was a teenager, our VHS copy wasnt so great anymore though after the years. It is still hilarious in 2011 :)
Published on October 21, 2011 by The house
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect copy
It came in a timely matter and was wrapped and brand new like I thought it was going to be. It was a perfect copy.
Published on November 10, 2010 by QueenEileen
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