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Dave Ming Chang, newly arrived in New York City, may be the ultimate fish out of water. There’s something about him that’s not quite right – for starters, he seems remarkably out of place and uncomfortable in his own body. And for good reason: “Dave” is not a man at all, but a ship made in the image of its miniature-sized captain.
PROFANITY: One miscellaneous profanity. SEX/NUDITY: Very brief nonsexual nudity. VIOLENCE: A hit by a car; some fighting; gunplay. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol. ACTION: Fights, chases, explosions. COMEDY: Wisecracks, slapstick, kid and animal humor; gay jokes.
USA TodayFull Review Below Average If only the movie had heeded its own advice and tried to be different from the standard formula. We might have enjoyed the powerful force of this big star and his gift for physical comedy if the movie offered fresh scenarios and fewer predictable jokes.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 69 moviegoers:
CHILDREN:Children loved "Meet Dave." It's a movie they can easily understand and enjoy.
TEENS:Teen males loved it! Most of the ten females also loved it, but a few were disappointed. Highly Recommended!
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Only one in this age group and he loved it.
ADULTS:Only about half the males truly enjoyed "Meet Dave," and most of them rated it as above average, which is good but not great. Most of the remaining reviews are "Good/Average," which is a little on the low side. The female reviews are only slightly better. A few more of them rated it above average rather than average.
If these reviews scare you from paying full price to see this movie at theaters I highly recommend that you, at least, rent this movie later or see it at a matinee. My wife and I really enjoyed "Meet Dave" and feel it's worth recommending.
Dave Ming Chang (Eddie Murphy), newly arrived in New York City, may be the
ultimate fish out of water. There's something about him that's not quite right – for
starters, he seems remarkably out of place and uncomfortable in his own body. And for
good reason: "Dave” is not a man at all, but a ship made in the image of its
So let's meet Dave. He's forty-something, pleasant looking and nattily dressed,
even if his attire – an all-white suit, black tie and a neat black handkerchief tucked in his
pocket – harkens back to the disco-centric ‘70s. But beyond his odd apparel, there's
something not quite right about Dave. He's definitely not from the neighborhood…not
even close. Even the way he walks is....odd; as he makes his way through the streets of
New York, one of his legs shoots out way too far with each step, like he's not
comfortable in his own body.
And for good reason: inside "Dave” is a crew of well-trained miniature people – a
world within a world – that feverishly attempts to direct Dave's every action and
conversation. In each section of Dave's "body,” a skilled crewperson (average height:
one and three-quarters inches), sporting an insignia depicting a specific part of Dave's
anatomy, mans a high tech console controlling Dave's movements.
But Dave's crew, under the direction of the Captain from whom Dave takes his
appearance – is experiencing a steep learning curve. When Dave attempts his first-ever
sip of water, a tremendous wave of water rushes down, drenching everyone inside.
When Dave tries on some clothing, a shirt becomes a cotton beast bent on smothering
him. When he goes in for a simple medical exam, the metallic Dave must battle
formidable magnetic forces from an MRI. And a banquet of processed meat tubes he
learns are called "hot dogs,” leads to an explosive situation inside a men's room.
As Dave – that is, those inside Dave – slowly navigates his way through these
physical challenges, they begin to experience something with even more profound
effects. A glimmer of emotion sweeps over the crew, which hails from a place that
discourages emotion and individuality. Dave is changing – from the inside-out, and
from the outside-in.