READ THIS FIRST: This is a 12-inch Diameter Laserdisc, which is NOT the same as DVD and cannot be played on a DVD player!
Laserdisc Title: "MYSTERY DATE"
Edition: Fullscreen Edition (Single Disc)
Directed By: Jonathan Wacks
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Teri Polo, Brian McNamara, Fisher Stevens, B.D. Wong
Special Features: ---none---
Production / Year: 1991 Orion Pictures Corporation
Running Time: 98 Minutes / Color
Audio Format: Digital Sound, Dolby Surround, Stereo, CX Encoded
Video Format: NTSC, CLV (Extended Play)
Miscellaneous Features: Rated PG-13, Closed Captioned
Distributed By: Image Entertainment
Catalog / Spine Number: ID8564OR
Disc (s): Excellent - Hardly noticeable to very minor hairline surface swirls or very light fingerprint marks, if any
Jacket: Excellent - Normal shelf wear, few creases, slightly worn-out corners or edges but no signs of spines splitting
A teenager boy would like to meet with a very pretty, blonde girl who lives in the next door. His elder brother helps him with car and credit card to be successful. This simple story will be very complicated because of the corpse in the boot, and other nightmares intervene ...
A Risky Business clone with loftier ambitions, Mystery Date holds up surprisingly well despite its '80s teen-flick trappings. This was Ethan Hawke's follow-up to the successful family adventure White Fang, and it's fun to watch the fresh-faced future Mr. Uma Thurman playing a shy guy named Tom who's obsessed with his dishy neighbor Geena (then-newcomer Teri Polo, in '80s big-hair splendor). When Tom's criminally entangled brother (Brian McNamara) manipulates Tom into a mistaken-identity date with Geena, they soon find themselves chased by a crazed delivery driver (Fisher Stevens), a hot-headed L.A. detective (SCTV alumnus Tony Rosato), and a Chinese mob kingpin (B.D. Wong) whose henchmen are named Ben and Jerry (giving some indication of this movie's dim sense of humor). Plot twists proliferate, and Polo (who had to wait until 2000's Meet the Parents for another decent movie role) manages to flatten her funniest line of dialogue. All of which makes Mystery Date a hit or miss affair, but mostly it hits.
"Mystery Date" is one of those rare 'romantic comedies' that both males and females will enjoy, thanks to its darker-than-most premise, which involves murder and some very funny (if ridiculous) mischief. Fisher Stephens portraying a very disturbed florist is one of the highlights. This movie also remains an icon of early 90s pop culture, and if you have a soft spot for the period, it's sure to enhance your enjoyment of the film. Good stuff. They don't make them like this anymore.
I recommend this movie to anyone who has ever gone on a first date and experienced the nightmares that can come when things don't go as planned. The 'hero' of our story has a crush on the girl next door secretly until his brother convinces and later sets up on a date with her. Unknown to our hero is that his 'mystery date' is the alibi for his brother.
THIS IS NOT A DVD!!! THIS IS A 12" LASERDISC AND WILL NOT PLAY IN A DVD PLAYER
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