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Meet Dave Review

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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    If only the movie had heeded its own advice and tried to be different from the standard formula.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Dumbfoundingly erratic, for the most part, but smart and funny from time to time.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Eddie Murphy's amusingly out of this world in this otherwise tired vehicle.

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  • 75

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    this unfairly maligned sci-fi comedy testifies that Eddie Murphy still has the gift of surprise.

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Iffy for 8+

Not as crass as Norbit, but as forgettable.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this Eddie Murphy comedy is mostly inoffensive, the alien characters display some off-putting stereotypes about gay men, women, and African Americans. The jokes aren't crass -- they're just cliched and stupid (for example, liking showtunes means you're flamboyantly homosexual, being black means you love rap, etc.). Otherwise, there's some scatological humor, a couple scenes of mild violence, some mild drinking and language, and a whole lot of product placements.

  • Families can talk about what humans teach the miniature aliens. How does being on Earth affect them? How do Gina and Josh change from knowing Dave? Discuss some of the stereotypical behavior in the film. Is it offensive or funny?

The good stuff
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    Messages: On the one hand, aliens realize that Earthlings aren't all evil and worth destroying, and a timid boy acts courageously. But on the other hand, there are several off-putting sterotypes: After hearing a showtune, one alien exhibits flamboyant homosexual stereotypes; a female alien starts trashtalking about other women's weight; a black alien starts listening to rap, commenting on women's behinds, etc.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: "Dave" gets struck by a car, and his "ankle" looks broken. There's an armed takeover of the Dave spaceship and a shootout between Dave and the NYPD. An alien tries to destroy earth, but it's more comical than scary.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Mild flirting, hugging, and one kiss. An alien remarks on a woman's behind.

  • language false3

    Language: Mild: "damn it," "ass," etc.

  • consumerism false5

    Consumerism: One scene is practically an Old Navy commercial; another takes place in an Apple store. There are several references to Internet companies like Google, Yahoo!, MySpace, etc. Other product placements include Heinz ketchup and the Broadway musical A Chorus Line.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adults have mojitos at a restaurant; aliens consume the alcohol that "Dave" drinks.