Welcome back to 1 out of 5 – Would Recommend, where pobody’s nerfect. Today, we watch 2008’s Meet Dave.
What’s The Plot?
A space ship, shaped like regular sized Eddie Murphy and captained by a tiny Eddie Murphy, crash lands on Earth with a mission to save its homeworld. This mission is complicated when the ship falls in love with a human woman (and humanity in general). This is a real movie that exists.
Who Made This Beautiful Garbage?
The only name we care about is co-writer Bill Corbett, who is best known for his work on Mystery Science Theater 3000 and with RiffTrax. Usually we tackle movies mocked by the RiffTrax guys, today we focus on one made (kinda) by one of them.
Five Reasons to See It
- There is a sequence set to Protect Ya Neck by The Wu-Tang Clan. That ain’t nothing to f%#& with.
- The crew of the U.S.S. Eddie Murphy have to make up a human name for their vessel, picked from a list of the most common names on Earth. Initially, they pick “Ming Chang”. That’s…legitimately perfect.
- The ship’s chief of security is turned into a mincing gay stereotype after seeing thirty seconds of A Chorus Line. Somehow, he even get his hands on Cher music and guides the spaceship through a romantic dance with its love interest. That was in a “safe” studio family movie eight years ago. The times, they are a-changin’.
- Hey, Miguel A. Nunez, Jr. is in this! He’s also been in Street Fighter, Juwanna Man, Slam Dunk Ernest, and The Adventures of Pluto Nash. And Friday The 13th Part V, where he’s murdered while pooping.
- “Not now, Number 2! I’m trying to let the music take me!”
It’s not exactly as bad as its reputation, which includes Bill Corbett’s opining that “Hollywood does tend to suckify things. Often quite badly.” The fact is that, while largely bland and forgettable, has just enough Corbett in it to give you some laughs. You can do much worse for your family movie night *coughcough* Surf Ninjas *coughcough*.
NEXT WEEK: In honor of Halloween, October will be a month of horror. We’ll be kicking things off next week with 2001’s Jason X! Rest of the month will include Retro Puppet Master, Leprechaun in the Hood, and Rocky Horror sequel Shock Treatment.