Oh, Eddie Murphy. Don't worry: I won't spend time complaining about how you have one of the worst agents in Hollywood who repeatedly gets you into these bad-from-inception films. All I'll say is that after Meet Dave, I want nothing to do with him.
Meet Dave is one of those self-inflicted punishments; I put it on my Netflix list, received it and stuck it in my DVD player knowing all too well that the movie was going to suck. Why watch it then? Morbid curiosity. And this obsession to see way too many movies just so you, my beloved reader, don't have to suffer the same fate. In that way, I'm like Jesus: I sacrifice myself for you. Yes, I'm just like Jesus. A very profane, inappropriate, atheist Jesus.
Where were we? Meet Dave is about a spaceship that looks an awful lot like Eddie Murphy dressed in one of his outfits from his career days, that walks around town searching for a powerful device that could save their planet and destroy Earth. Along the way, the spaceship, controlled by a captain who looks a lot like a tiny Eddie Murphy, meets up with Elizabeth Banks, who is apparently so naive that she doesn't realize her scattered, idiotic friend is in face an alien. Lots of fish-out-of-water jokes ensue.
Unfortunately, most of those jokes are lame. Or outdated. Or unoriginal. Either way, they aren't very funny. Eddie Murphy does a great job with the physical comedy (a spaceship doesn't naturally move like a human being, after all), but the screenplay is just disastrous. As unfunny as the first half of the movie is, the second half becomes downright obnoxious. All of the little aliens working inside of the human-sized Eddie Murphy act like their human counterparts' worst stereotypes; Gabrielle Union gets the token black girl role; another cast member acts like the dumb black; and the hunky mechanic turns out to be gay. It just doesn't make any sense, and is rather insulting.
Meet Dave has its few, rare moments, but the movie is, to most degrees, a complete disaster. Banks has been in a lot of great comedies this year, but this one must have been agreed to after a lost bet. As for Murphy, he should never do a sci-fi comedy again.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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