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In the course of his mission, Dave is hit by a car, becomes a substitute teacher in a New York City public school, and starts to develop feelings for earth kids--and ladies. All the while his homage to the Bee Gees, from the white suit to his high-pitch-perfect rendition of "Stayin' Alive," provides an oddly perfect backdrop and symbol for Dave's being ever so slightly behind the times. Murphy is engaging as always, firing off deadpan one-liners and happily being the straight man to the film's jokes. A potential love interest, Gina (Elizabeth Banks), mentions that her late husband was a captain in the Navy. Dave says, "I am a captain." Gina: "Oh really? A captain of what?" Inside Dave's head, the crewmembers frantically search their earth database to give him the answer: "I am a captain of crunch." --A.T. Hurley
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I think a lot of people didn't see this movie because of Eddie Murphy. I've heard he is not a nice person in real life, so that might be why. To properly enjoy this movie, don't see it as a 'Eddie Murphy movie'.
I found this film kind of amusing. It isn't rocket science, and there are times when bathroom humor prevails (such as when the giant ship must dispose of food it has 'consumed' to look human). But this is probably something kids will enjoy.
Overall, I was amused enough to watch this film from beginning to end, although, I kind of wish we could've seen what happened to #2 Murphy's second in command, even if he did go a bit rambo at the end, he did have a bit of a point. Murphy's acting was amusing, and he really did a decent job of portraying the wooden, jerky and weird ship.
Murphy has turned out some family oriented, or at least youth oriented, films in the meantime including Daddy Day Care and the like, and the audience for that film seems to be the audience that is the target for Meet Dave.
The Dave that viewers will be meeting turns out to be a space ship filled with tiny humanoids that have come to retrieve a device that was sent to gather materials for providing power in the homeworld of the space travellers. The ship just happens to look like the captain who we see in the command chair, and of course the ship also resembles an Earthling which is supposed to make it easy for the space travellers to accomplish their mission while roving the planet. Nothing could be quite so simple though as the travellers have researched Earth culture from a few different sources, none of which provide a complete and detailed enough view of the world to really help them blend in. Along the way the inhabitants of Dave learn a lot about the Earth creatures and perhaps learn a lot about themselves as well.Read more ›
Alright, some of the "family film" elements - involving a picked-on little kid (it's all very heartfelt, but a little cheesy if I'm being truthful) - get a little out of hand. I say this as a non-maternal femme, by the way. Those with offspring may find the kid-friendly stuff much more palatable, I don't know!
Anyway, if you've avoided this based on its poor reputation (and the fact that it belly-flopped in theaters) - take it from me, a proud femme and card-carrying superfan of Eddie Murphy! "Meet Dave" is a majorly overlooked comedy classic.
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Disclaimer: I'm an Eddie Murphy fan. I enjoy all of his films, this one included.Published 2 months ago by SAFIYA D. HOSKINS
I got this for my Dad's father's day gift , its one of his favorites. Couldn't find it anywhere elsePublished 2 months ago by Smiley
My son enjoyed it and was interesting because it talked about aliens.Published 2 months ago by Tamar L. Echevarria
A great family film. I laughed through out the movie, but I am a bit corny. My 16 year watched it with me and she founds lots of things funny as well.Published 5 months ago by TD