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|Eddie Kaye Thomas||Larry|
|Jane Seymour||Dr. Evans|
|Stephen Tobolowsky||Dr. Perkins|
|Kari Hawker||Duty Nurse|
|Ossie Mair||Mr. Bhat|
|Austin Rogers||Young Larry|
|Jodi Russell||Mrs. Van de Meer|
|Igbal Theba||Mr. Raja|
|James Keach||Director, Producer|
|Steven Bickel||Executive Producer|
|Roger Carey||Associate Producer|
|Liz Gallacher||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Heitor Pereira||Score Composer|
|Jane Seymour||Executive Producer|
|Eric Weiler||Production Designer|
Posted January 23, 2013
this was such a sweet and heartwarming movie and just seeing Chris melts my heart. He is such a sweetheart in this movie.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
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When Netflix recommended Blind Dating, I watched the trailer and was mildly unimpressed. Blind, cute 22-year-old virgin Danny (the future James T. Kirk in Star Trek, Chris Pine) goes on a succession of awful dates in an attempt to set him up. It looked like a mashup of American Pie and At First Sight. But after watching the whole film, I was pleasantly surprised to discover a sunny little film about following your own path (and your heart).
At its core, the film is the story of a loving Italian-American family (the rowdy clan reminded me strongly of the Vecchio family in Due South) whose youngest son was a three-month preemie who was born blind. This never stopped Danny from experiencing the world on his terms; he loves to pull daredevil stunts and is good at sports. He also doesn't use a cane or guide dog to get around. Chris Pine does a good job of navigating as a blind man; you can sense by the way he interacts with his surroundings whether a place is new for him or not, and thankfully he doesn't stop and feel everyone's face on the first meeting.
When an eye doctor offers Danny the chance to participate in an experimental surgery that may give him some vision, his close-knit family is thrown into turmoil. The risky surgery involves implanting a device into Danny's brain that will receive signals from a specially-wired pair of glasses (think early Virtual Reality goggles). If it works, he might be able to see grainy pictures in black and white. In all fairness, I felt that At First Sight with Val Kilmer handled this a bit better; Kilmer gave a real sense of disorientation at seeing for the first time, whereas Pine doesn't get much screen time devoted to the actual surgery and its impact.
At the doctor's office, Danny meets Leeza (Anjali Jay), a young Indian woman who dreams of going to medical school. Leeza's family owns an Indian restaurant, and she's engaged to the gorgeous (but shallow) Arvind and his greedy parents. Leeza and Danny's first meeting is rather hostile, but the two are gradually drawn to one another even as Danny's brother Larry sets him up on that series of fateful dates. There is some sex humor to be sure (involving hookers and a surprising primer on condoms), but it only plays a small role in the overall scheme of the film. Jane Seymour puts in a sexy (and rather unexpected) turn as a kinky psychiatrist (I can only hope that I look that good at her age!).
This is a cute little love story with a few culture clashes along the way, but overall I really enjoyed Blind Dating. Extras include numerous deleted scenes, a brief "making of" trailer, and an English for the Visually Impaired audio track, with an offscreen narrator describing the onscreen action in the third person (however, the movie's audio track is muted, making it hard to hear the actual dialogue when presented in this format).
Posted October 1, 2010
So many romantic comedies nowadays are nothing more than star vehicles for the actors involved to make a load of money, it is very rare to find actual humor in any of those movies, but here is one where the actors are genuine in their performances and the script is bang-on. Chris Pine is superb as the lead evoking charm and sweetness to a character that could have been very cliched and heavy-handed. The rest of the actors surround him appropriately and his romantic interests whether they're serious or not are all funny, when the story does focus on one in particular it shows definite love between them and isn't at all fake. The most important thing that the movie doesn't do, thankfully, is become a full-on raunchy soft-core porn joke, which makes sense, the sex humor is limited for the sake of the main character, a virgin, and this works to show his nervousness in all the dates he has, especially the last one with a prostitute. The laughs are good and the message is clear, overall an excellent, if not one of the best romantic comedies ever.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
The title and cover of this DVD suggest a film that is more fluff than substance. But don't be fooled by these clues. BLIND DATING is a well-written (Christopher Theo), well-directed (James Keach - brother of Stacy Keach and husband of Jane Seymour) story about the coping of the visually impaired, the quirks of Italian and Indian families, brotherhood, and the gamut of finding the right partner in a world of essential blind dating! One of the reasons the movie works so well is the ability of actor Chris Pine to make us believe he is blind and convey the positive manner in which people with impairments 'view' those around them. Danny (Chris Pine) was born prematurely and as a result is blind, and as he grows toward age 21 he feels he is unattractive to women. His family is warm, loving and Italian and supportive - especially his brother Larry (Eddie Kaye Thomas) who runs a Limo service and is constantly trying to find Danny his first physical encounter, be that with hookers, girls from the office or neighborhood, or just referrals - each of whom is a disaster when it comes to dealing with a date who is blind! Danny discovers an operation that implants a camera-like contraption in his brain that will allow him the possibility to see again, even if the images are simply black and white and indistinct. In the office of ophthalmologist Dr. Perkins (Stephen Tobolowsky) is a young girl Leeza (Anjali Ray) who is Indian and whose parents have arranged a wedding with a man she does not love. And yes, in time Danny and Leeza are attracted to each other in what appears to be a doomed relationship - for family reasons. Danny has his operation and is able to see some images, but the implant fails and Danny once again is without sight - but far from being without hope, as both his and Leeza's families undergo changes of heart. There is a sense of love that emanates from the screen, due in part to the script, the direction, and to the acting. Chris Pine is exceptionally fine in a challenging role, finding the balance between courage, comedy, and tenderness that make his character believable and lovable, and never once making a move that breaks his image as a sightless person. The entire cast is fine, including a hilarious Jane Seymour as Dr. Evans, Chris' therapist with a penchant for disrobing in front of her sightless patient! But the aspect of the film that sets it apart from many is the presentation of everyday type prejudices that can be every bit as hampering as a physical impairments! This is a warmhearted, very human comedy with many messages. Grady HarpWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 13, 2009
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