Mystery Date (1991)
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“Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke (Training Day) is ‘irresistible’ (Los Angeles TImes) as he romances Teri Polo (Meet the Parents) in this sexy, fast-paced comedy filled ‘with more than a few unexpected twists’ (Leonard Maltin)!
Sweet-natured Tom (Hawke) is obsessed with his beautiful neighbor Geena (Polo), but he’s too shy to ask her out. Fortunately, Tom’s older brother is there to set it up and lend a hand—as well as cash, his car, his credit card and his suit. But before they’ve even ordered appetizers, a case of mistaken identity turns Tom’s dream date with Geena into a nightmare. Soon, a wicked crime lord, a wacked-out delivery man and a pair of crooked cops are after Tom, determined to kill much more than the evening’s romantic mood!”
Director: Johathan Wacks
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Teri Polo, BD Wong
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Mystery Date is an ‘into the night’ comedy reminiscent of 80’s classics such as License to Drive and Adventures in Babysitting. As the movie opens your first thought will be, “Wow! Ethan Hawke has aged terribly,” but once you’ve accepted this the good times will have already begun. Fisher Stevens—My Science Project’s Vince Latello—plays a slightly deranged flower delivery boy who will stop at nothing to get revenge after having been stiffed on a tip. BD Wong—Dr. George Huang himself from Law and Order SVU—is the head of a Chinese gang that feels a little like the Lords of Death from Big Trouble in Little China’s sophisticated older brothers. Speaking of B.T.I.L.C., Mystery Date also features brief cameos from Egg Shen and Lo Pan. The movie has a great early 90’s soundtrack with Sonic Youth, multiple tracks by INXS, and a cameo by GWAR. The events that unfold as a result of mistaken identity are a huge suspension of belief but help to keep the plot moving along in a quick and entertaining way. For you young Tinder daters looking to ‘YouTube and chill,’ pay close attention to the dating tips from a bygone era, they may actually help you out.