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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. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Ethan HawkeTom McHugh
Teri PoloGeena Matthews
Brian McNamaraCraig McHugh
Fisher StevensDwight
BD WongJames Lew
Tony RosatoSharpie
Don S. DavisDoheny
James HongFortune Teller
Victor WongJanitor
Ping WuVince
Duncan FraserCrully
Jerry WassermanDetective Al Condon
Terry David MulliganMr. McHugh
Merrilyn GannMrs. McHugh
Stephen ChangBen
Russell JungJerry
Michele LittleStella
Allan LysellMr. Lusky
Donna LysellMrs. Lusky
Keith BeardwoodMr. Culp
Sharlene MartinSuzette
Celia MartinSandy
Ian BlackLimo Driver
Karen CampbellSuzy
Sean OrrAldo
Dave "Squatch" WardEarl
Peter WilliamsBartender
Constance BarnesBonna
Todd DuckworthMotorcycle Cop
Peter LaCroixCop #1
James ZacheryCop #2
May WongMay Wong
Tom WongWine Steward
C.K. TanWaiter #1
Alan ToWaiter #2
Derek LoweLew Mansion Gate Guard
Morris PanychKatz
Garrick JangBernard
Tabou ComboThemselves
GwarThemselves
Stephen DrakeCombo at McHugh House
Craig NortheyCombo at McHugh House

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Jonathan Wacks
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 97 Min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaAug 16, 1991
    EuropeMay 1, 1992
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJan 7, 2003
    EuropeSep 5, 2005
    JapanSep 14, 2005
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