Reviewed by: Chris Monroe
|Featuring:||Brian Herzlinger, Jon Gunn, Brett Winn, Kerry David, Eric Roberts|
|Director:||Brian Herzlinger, Brett Winn, Jon Gunn|
|Producer:||Jon Gunn, Brian Herzlinger, Brett Winn|
|Distributor:||Slow Hand Releasing|
30 days, $1100, For an Ordinary Guy to Get a Date with Drew Barrymore
“If you don’t take risks, you’ll have a wasted soul,” is a quote from Drew Barrymore that kicks off this ultra low-budget documentary adventure. While she may not be the most significant person to quote, one can understand why it is used after seeing how obsessed the main character is with this movie star. In the end, this is an innocent, homemade story of one guy pursuing a dream that he and others know will take a small miracle.
Brian Herzlinger has had a crush on Drew Barrymore since he was six years old, shortly after seeing her in E.T. (1982). Twenty years later, Brian has won $1100 dollars on a game show where the answer for the winning question was none other than “Drew Barrymore.” Refueling his affection for Drew after this win, Brian decides to use his prize money to go for the bigger prize of getting Drew Barrymore to go on a date with him. With $1100 dollars and 30 days, Brian begins his adventure, and with the help of several friends decides to document the entire experience.
One of the most dynamic aspects to this simple-hearted amusement is the outgoing personality of Brian. Brian has a dream, and his mission is clear. He will do whatever it takes in order to attain his goal of one date with Drew Barrymore. He puts jobs on hold, recruits friends for help, gets in shape, contacts anyone and everyone who may know Drew or have contact with her, makes a movie trailer inviting her on the date, creates a Web site, and even devises a way to sneak into the after-party following the premiere screening of Charlie’s Angels II. The scene that deals the greatest amount of humor is when he casts a Drew Barrymore look-alike to go out on a date with him as a trial run.
Apart from some of the less than legal tactics that Brian and his friends employ at various points in their adventure, this whole project is a very innocent attempt at one man aspiring to make his dream come true. After Drew Barrymore herself found out about Brian’s project, she referred to it as “very sweet” and “the most darling project she has ever heard of.” She also said she liked it because it was about her. This was good news to Brian; in the beginning he was afraid of being perceived as a stalker.
Overall, the movie is very clean and pure-hearted. However, there is one instance when Brian uses the Lord’s name in vain after exhausting himself while working out. Another scene involves Brian visiting a psychic to get insight into what might happen with Drew. In one of the following scenes, Brian refers to the information the psychic gave him and shows it as being something helpful. It is a short scene and a very small part of the story, but I didn’t like it. Perhaps they added it in to show yet another way to pursue Drew, but they could have done without it.
You don’t necessarily have to be a fan of Drew Barrymore to enjoy this movie. She is relentlessly talked about and focused on from beginning to end, but this story seems to be more about Brian’s pursuit. Proverbs 12:27 says, “…the precious possession of a man is diligence.” Brian clearly exemplifies this idea. Watching him can really be a motivation for us to follow our dreams. And what is more, if he can do so much to try and get a date with a movie star, what can we do to pour out our lives for the Lord? Think of the things that could be accomplished, not just for selfish reasons, but for the kingdom of God.
Violence: None / Profanity: Mild / Sex/nudity: None