Extreme Dating Release Date: 2005 Genre: Action | Romance | Comedy Director(s): Lorena David Writer(s): Jeff Schectman Starring: Devon Sawa, Amanda Detmer, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Andrew Keegan, Ian Virgo, Meat Loaf Extreme Dating is, if I’ve got my facts straight, the last movie in the Franchise Pictures library to get released. Over the years Andrew Stevens’ […]

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Extreme Dating
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Action | Romance | Comedy
Director(s): Lorena David
Writer(s): Jeff Schectman
Starring: Devon Sawa, Amanda Detmer, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Andrew Keegan, Ian Virgo, Meat Loaf

Extreme Dating is, if I’ve got my facts straight, the last movie in the Franchise Pictures library to get released. Over the years Andrew Stevens’ company unleashed films like Battlefield Earth, feardotcom, and Driven on the unsuspecting public, so few people shed a tear when they went under. Of those few people who did, one of them was surely Lorena David, who had made the film Extreme Dating as an independent and then secured distribution through Franchise that never happened. Now a couple years later, the funny, but flawed, film is getting released through Warner Home Video next Tuesday.

Extreme Dating is, to say the least, uneven. While I had a good time watching it, and wouldn’t scoff at watching it again in the future with someone on the couch next to me, there are some inconsistencies involved that mostly lay at the feet of the writer and actors. It’s probably for the best that this is going direct-to-video, as fickle critics probably would’ve torn it apart, which is far from what the film deserves.

You know how sitcoms often have stupid plots where characters are brought together after being trapped in a small space for a long period of time? Well Extreme Dating takes that concept and runs with it in a completely different direction. Daniel Roenick (Sawa) and Lindsay Culver (Detmer) don’t have much luck with the opposite sex. With their friend Troy (Keagan) in tow, the group comes up with the concept of ‘extreme dating.’ Even though they both wind-up embarresed and alone after their first two trials, which feature Daniel getting trapped in an elevator with a crush and Lindsay locking herself in a supply room with an office worker, they still decide to give Troy the opportunity to participate in their experiment.

Only this is a much more daring one than before. The owner of a ski lodge has hired Daniel and Lindsay to come up with a marketing campaign. In order for them to brainstorm some ideas he’s given them a cabin for the weekend. With Troy in on everything, they hatch a scheme whereby Troy and a female he’s infatuated with (Sigler, the worst actor in the bunch) get kidnapped by a pair of thugs and brought up to the cabin. The plan is for Troy to easily defeat the thugs, who are actually just a pair of slow-witted mural painters, and thus win the female’s love. Only problem is that the painters are ex-cons, and they’ve decided to hold the two hostage for real, with Daniel and Lindsay quickly realizing they’re in for a lot more than what they bargained for. There’s a British guy along for the ride as well, and his character is easily the best of them all. He’s both genuinely likeable and played by a talented actor.

As I said before, Extreme Dating is uneven. The script from Jeff Schectman is clever and inventive at times, but when it recedes back into sitcomish territory, it stumbles. He also wrote the characters oddly, with the criminals and Troy coming off as just poorly written. Throughout the movie there’s a couple cute gags that establish just how stupid the criminals are. So when the bigger of the two shows brains every once and a while, it just comes off as lazy writing. As for Troy, we’re supposed to think he’s obnoxious, but in the first act he comes off as sympathetic, which doesn’t help the film.

It’s difficult to throw out a lot of love for Extreme Dating, but I will say that it is much, much better than most of the National Lampoon films that are put out direct-to-video every couple months.

Extreme Dating is a stupid movie, but until its finale, it’s just stupid enough where I still found myself getting into the action.
DVD: A relatively laid back commentary track with director Lorena David, producer Mark Roberts, and star Amanda Detmer. Also included is a blooper real and a behind the scenes featurette.

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