GenreBiography, Comedy, Romance Duration CountryUnited States
Release dateJanuary 1998 (Slamdance Film Festival) Music directorSteve Tyrell, Robert F. Mann CastMyles Berkowitz (Myles), Tia Carrere (Herself), Elisabeth Wagner (Elisabeth), Richard Arlook (The Agent), Robert McKee (Himself), Elie Samaha (Voice of the Producer (voice)) Similar moviesThe Wolf of Wall Street, The Walk, Black Mass, Blackhat, Max, The Theory of Everything
TaglineA comedy so real you'll think it's fiction.
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20 Dates is a 1998 American mockumentary film. Myles Berkowitz directs and stars as himself, a man who decides to combine "the two biggest failures in my life--professional and personal" by setting out on a filmed quest to have 20 dates and come out with both a movie career and a love interest. While most of his dates are disasters of varying stripes, Myles ultimately meets the lovely Elisabeth on his 17th date and they completely hit it off, leaving him with a new dilemma when he wants to finish the movie anyway and puts his new romance at risk.
The film received mixed reviews from critics. The aggregate review websites Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic recorded scores of 40% and 36 out of 100, respectively.
Film critic Christopher Null of Filmcritic.com awarded the film four and a half stars out of five and called the film "hysterical" while Leonard Clady of Variety magazine called it "a mockumentary of inordinate skill", concluding that it's "a satisfying and entertaining movie." James Berardinelli of ReelViews.net called the film "inconsequential" but, at the same time, admitted that some parts of the film are "often hilarious."
On the other hand, film critic Roger Ebert of Chicago Sun-Times awarded the film a half star out of a possible four stars, opinining that "the film has the obnoxious tone of a boring home movie narrated by a guy shouting in your ear" and concluding by calling the film "incompetent and annoying." Jeff Millar of the Houston Chronicle said the film is "a joke" and that "Berkowitz is a rather annoying person".