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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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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

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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000714C0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,498 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Pollanen on April 18, 2003
Format: DVD
"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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By H. E. Paul on 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 By A Customer on March 28, 2004
Format: DVD
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Bolts on October 15, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
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 By JONO on 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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Reminds me of a lesser quality "Adventures in Babysitting" mixed with a "Something About Marry". I would not say this is a "romantic comedy". The dialogue was a little lacking and sometimes just odd. . . maybe it was the timing. For example, one guy is sneaking outside a girl's house. He stops and listens to her answer the telephone, even proceed to tell her mom she didn't go out on a date and why. Then she says "Wait mom I think I heard something outside" when he has been sitting outside listening for several minutes not making a sound. The window doesn't even appear to be open but he (and we) hear her as if it is. So then he takes off and of course stumbles across a trashcan making a noise. WTH?? Several things like this happen and just doesn't just make sense. The older brother is neither James Bond nor Don Johnson but kinda in an SNL way acts like a guy who is supposed to be both. There is a dude that looks like Ellen Degeneres who is supposed to be the down on his luck very accident pron guy. He backs out of a driveway while someone is pulling in (in a house he just visited and crashes into him. No reason . . . no explanation of who is pulling in the driveway. I have seen high school plays better than this. The girl is supposed to be clueless like Cameron Diaz's character in Knight and Day. But she would have to be brain dead to not get what was going way before she caught on. And on a lesser note I couldn't tell where this movie was supposed to be set. They "came up" from CA. But the parents were "going to CT" (driving) for 3 days. I saw in the credits it was actually filmed in Vancouver and they have a bridge that looks like the one in Vancouver. I guess you were supposed to just imagine a lot as it was just a movie. Dunno.Read more ›
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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 adventure.

The plot is really interesting but what really makes this movie is the strength of the two main characters - Teri Polo is so cute as the girl-next door, Geena, who, despite being really hot, is smitten with the nerdy Tom, who stutters and stammers and keeps appollogising, clearly deep in love and is just like any nervous kid on a first date.

Throw in the mix Fisher Stevens as the hilarious 'Dwight' character, an in competent, goofy flower delivery guy, who can't die no matter what, and a series of twists and turns invovling gangsters and Chinese proverbs, and you're on a winner.

'Mystery Date' is a hot love story, a feeling enhanced by a great soundtrack, a seat-of-your-pants thriller and a comedy. Recommended viewing, seven out of ten.
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