My Date With Drew

Moderately watchable but awfully predictable, this 2003 documentary chronicles the efforts of one of its three directors, Brian Herzlinger, to score a date with Drew Barrymorewho ever since E.T. has been the girl of his dreams. As quickly becomes obvious, his real passion isn’t to go on a date but to make a movie about it, which results in our distrusting the authenticity of the feelings of everyone involved in this project, including Barrymore. While constantly bemoaning his shrinking budget, Herzlinger at one point pays $75 for a psychic’s advice. Is he sincere, or does he just think it will make a good sequence? Jon Gunn and Brett Winn codirected. PG, 90 min. (JR)

Published on 05 Aug 2005 in Featured Texts, by admin

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Midnight Mary

I haven’t seen this 1933 hard-luck story, told in flashback, about a character who’s orphaned at 9, seduced at 16, and eventually sent to prison. But director William Wellman was generally at his best in the 30s, and I’d expect it to be tart and lively. Written by Anita Loos; with Loretta Young, Ricardo Cortez, Franchot Tone, Andy Devine, and Una Merkel. 74 min. (JR)

Published on 01 Aug 2005 in Featured Texts, by admin

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