20 Dates (1998)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Mockumentary, Romantic Comedy  |   Release Date - Feb 26, 1999 (USA)  |   Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Myles Berkowitz wrote and directed this mock documentary about a filmmaker who gets a producer to finance his personal search for a girlfriend, filming the odyssey on a $60,000 budget. In the opening credits, Berkowitz tries to drive onto studio lots without success. His first date observes that the film is really only about himself, and his second date exits the restaurant and doesn't return. After a discussion with script analyst Robert McKee, he decides to use hidden cameras -- which bring only the threats of lawsuits. After he meets shop girl Elisabeth (Elisabeth Wagner) and they become a twosome, he attempts to renegotiate his contract by stopping at 17 instead of 20 dates. This film was awarded the audience prize at the 1998 Slamdance Film Festival.

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dating, film-director, film-studio, girlfriend, hidden-camera