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Meet Dave

  • Film
  • 2 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars
Eddie Murphy’s latest ‘comedy’ sees him horribly miscast in dual roles as the eponymous man-sized spacecraft and its diminutive, logic-driven Captain. The only pleasure to be derived from watching Murphy these days comes from those rare moments when he gets the opportunity to let rip, to give us a glimpse of the old, untamed Hollywood rebel. But here, such opportunities are absent: as the ship, he’s robotic; as the Captain, he’s clipped and saddled with what might be a British accent.

Supporting players fare no better, particularly the hideous Pat Kilbane as an increasingly objectionable gay stereotype. The plot is near absent, the effects cheap – the filmmakers clearly fancy this as a successor to ‘Men in Black’, but it completely lacks that film’s charm or invention. Even for a high-concept, lowbrow summer release ‘Meet Dave’ is drab, shoddy work.

Written by Tom Huddleston

Release Details

  • Rated:PG
  • Release date:Friday 18 July 2008
  • Duration:90 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Brian Robbins
  • Screenwriter:Rob Greenberg, Bill Corbett
  • Cast:
    • Eddie Murphy
    • Elizabeth Banks
    • Gabrielle Union
    • Scott Caan
    • Ed Helms
    • Judah Friedlander
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