My Date With Drew
“Give me one last chance, we’ll
slide down the surface of things.”
lyric from “Even Better Than The Real Thing” by U2 is what comes to mind
after watching “My Date with Drew,” a lightweight but charming
documentary of one young man’s quest for a date with Drew Barrymore.
Co-director and star Brian Herzlinger takes pop culture touchstones from
his youth (“E.T.”) to the present (“Charlie’s Angels”) and places them
as the signposts for a quest whose hurdles turn out to be the layers of
personal assistants and staff between him and Drew, as well as the
closing times of post offices, banks and FedEx stores that he can never
seem to beat in the course of his pursuit.
Jersey native transplanted to Hollywood, Herzlinger is working in
low-level film and television production positions or is completely
unemployed when he has the idea for this film. He borrows from the style
of Morgan Spurlock and “Super Size Me” by setting up the film as a stunt
to take place over the course of 30 days -- in this case the amount of
time he can keep a video camera from Circuit City and still return it
for a full refund. He also places himself as the protagonist and
narrator, just like Spurlock.
unlike Spurlock, who is making a point about the dangers of fast food,
Herzlinger isn’t aiming to critique the superficiality of celebrity
culture or anything of that sort. He’s content just to ride the wave of
the stunt he has set up, so while “My Date With Drew” amuses, it’s just
a confection. Audiences have to be content to just slide on the surface
of things in this quest.
hearing Herzlinger’s idea, a mentor tells him, “It looks like the
dumbing down of America is complete.” That doesn’t deter Herzlinger, who
for all his failings on the quest manages to ingratiate himself with his
audience so much that by the end, they will root for him to get the
end of Herzlinger’s quest turns out to be the perfect payoff to the
stunt he has led us through. While the ending is not a commentary on
celebrity either, it turns out to be an amusing triumph for the