I don't buy many independent films, because I know they suck and they aren't as good as the mainstream productions (heck, even they aren't really good anymore). However, I remember hearing about this film and thought it was a really cool idea.
Meet, Brian Herzlinger. When he was a child, he had a major crush on Drew Barrymore. 20 years later, he wins $1,100 on a game show - in which the winning answer, was Drew Barrymore. At this point in his life, Brian feels he needs to do something big and special. With his earnings he goes to Circuit City to purchase a camera, in which he has 30 days to borrow it for free, before returning it for a refund. With the help of his friends, he documents his quest: He has $1,100 and 30 days, to get a date, with Drew Barrymore.
There's just a small problem, she has no idea he even exists. He figures, since he lives in Hollywood and through the method of 6 degrees of separation, he must know somebody, who has a connection to Drew. There are some people who think he's crazy and he has no chance. There are other's who are rooting for him. But, will Brian's dream come true?
Now, this could have come across as some creepy stocker, documenting his obsession over Drew. Thankfully, Brian Herzlinger couldn't be anymore charming. He's always optimistic and represents the perfect underdog.
The only thing negative I could say, is that this was made before high definition cameras came out. So, my adapted eyes thought this looked fairly cheap. But once again, it's honesty shines through. For something with such a small production value (just a single hand-held camera). This couldn't have been more entertaining.
I saw this during a period in my life, when I was experimenting with my camcorder, making sketches and documentaries as a teenager. So, I love watching creative, low budget movies. Am I perhaps a bit biased towards this film? You bet your sweet bippy. I can't explain it, but this film just has a lot of CHARM.
You probably have a good idea, as to how this is all going to play out. I don't think this movie would have even been released if he "didn't" get a date with Drew. However, I'm not going to tell you how it happens. It doesn't turn out the way you would expect it, and that just makes this more interesting because it shows that life is funny and works in mysterious ways.
This is not a boring documentary, it's so entertaining that it's unreal how it played out the way it did. You can't make this stuff up. The people they encounter, the dead ends, the breakthroughs, and the path that leads to the final apex. It's just as inspiring as Rocky, Slumdog Millionaire, or any fairy tale story. Of course it's more light hearted. Except, I found it more effective because it's not a work of fiction. This is the real deal. It was written in the stars.
I would recommend this to anybody who's ever dreamed of doing something, and believes. How could you not relate to this? It's about having a goal and going after it.
"If you don't take risks, you'll have a wasted soul" - Drew Barrymore.