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Myles Berkowitz (writer)
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All Myles Berkowitz wanted was a chance to save his career and his love life. What he got was... 20 Dates See more »
A documentary type film about the dates Myles has gone on as he tries to find out how to find love in the future. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Myles Berkowitz ... Myles
Elisabeth Wagner ... Elisabeth
Richard Arlook ... The Agent

Tia Carrere ... Herself

Robert McKee ... Himself
Elie Samaha ... Voice of the Producer (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tom Ardavany ... Jealous Boyfriend

Emily Arlook ... Emily
Rachel Arlook ... Rachel
Barbara Cameron ... Herself
Signy Coleman ... Herself

Letitia Fox ... Herself
Greg Kita ... Himself - the sound man
Michelle Madden ... Herself
Stephanie Magid ... Date #2

Julie McCullough ... Herself - Date #17
Dominic Renda ... Himself, Malibu Waiter
Stacy Sanches ... Herself

Tava Smiley ... Herself

Sharon Soboil ... Herself (as Sharon Saks)
Shal Verini ... Shalimar (Date #3)
Elizabeth Wagner
Sydne Squire ... Herself - the ex-wife (uncredited)

Directed by
Myles Berkowitz 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Myles Berkowitz  writer

Produced by
Barbara Cameron .... associate producer
Tia Carrere .... executive producer
Jeremy Gardiner .... line producer
Matt Grayson .... associate producer
Dani Katz .... associate producer
Mark McGarry .... producer
Michael Mirisch .... co-producer
Elie Samaha .... executive producer
Jason Villard .... producer
Original Music by
Robert F. Mann  (as Bob Mann)
Steve Tyrell 
Cinematography by
Adam Biggs 
Film Editing by
Lisa Cheek 
Michael Elliot 
Art Department
Anne Marie Lasher .... slamdance artwork
Angelique Thermes .... graphic artist
Robin Westron .... slamdance artwork
Sound Department
Pembrooke Andrews .... dialogue assistant
Levon Broussalian .... manager of sound services
Paul Curtis .... adr editor
Paul Curtis .... dialogue editor
Andrew DeCristofaro .... supervising sound editor
Ron Garrard .... sound re-recording mixer
Laura Kamper .... sound effects assistant (as Laura Pratt)
Greg Kita .... sound mixer
Lisa Ramirez .... manager of sound services
Ofer Raveh .... avid engineer
Sergio Reyes .... sound re-recording mixer
Colin Rogers .... adr recordist
Ann Scibelli .... sound effects editor
Dan Scolnik .... dialogue assistant
B. Tennyson Sebastian III .... sound re-recording mixer
John C. Stuver .... dialogue editor
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Tim Walston .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Fauman .... additional camera operator
David Parks .... additional camera operator
Kevin Roberts .... additional camera operator
Editorial Department
Travis Aitken .... assistant editor
Sheila Baker .... post-production assistant
Tony Beltran .... assistant on-line editor
Susan R. Crutcher .... additional editor (as Susan Crutcher)
Robert Jung .... transform colorist
Ann Kirk .... post-production assistant
Helen Lowe .... additional editor
Rick Piccini .... on-line editor
Brian Russo .... assistant editor
Danika Sandoz .... assistant editor
Dave Stanford .... post-production assistant
Kyle Tubania .... assistant editor
A. Hobart Young .... assistant on-line editor
Music Department
Jonathan Karp .... music editor
Ann Kline .... music supervisor
Other crew
Joanie Bauret .... insurance
Linda Brown .... public relations
Michael Daly .... production assistant
Rebecca Dobar .... chyron operator
Jim Dobson .... public relations
David Garfinkle .... executive consultant
James George .... chyron operator
Melissa Kaneshiro .... production assistant
John Karner .... production assistant
Kelly Kroells .... coordinator: 4mc
Danielle Littell .... production assistant
Massimo Nouhra .... production financing
Matthew Papish .... executive consultant
Jay Renfroe .... executive consultant
Tammy Soto .... insurance
David Wolfe .... production assistant
James Henney .... special thanks

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Rated R for pervasive language and brief sexual images
87 min
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Revealing mistakes: The date that Myles first attempts to take to Drai's, then Spago's for dinner is wearing what appears to be an engagement ring.See more »
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References Pink Flamingos (1972)See more »


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Staged but still pretty funny, 10 April 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Myles Berkowitz is newly divorced after his 10-month marriage ended badly. He also is keen to make his debut film that will launch his movie career. He decides to combine the two biggest failures of his life - his film `career' and his love life to make a film about the real search for love in LA. He sets out to film 20 dates to capture the moment where two people fall in love. However he is in for a rocky road - not only does he have trouble with his dates but the guy funding his film wants it to be something other than what Myles envisages it to be.

This film was made on the cheap and is a mix of documentary and mockumentary; there is no way that all the stuff in this film is real - certainly I never accepted that Elie the producer was the character that the film painted him to be. However, the majority of it seems to be relatively real and the majority of it is funny - which is the important thing here. Forget Myles arty pretensions about filming true love as it happens, the point here is wit and fun. The film is a very particular type of wit and if you're not into it then it is likely that you will hate the film; for me I really enjoyed the light humour of the whole piece and found it amusing even if I wouldn't call it hilarious.

I really liked the invention of some parts of it: the comparisons of the budget in military terms (his film would be the equivalent of one French soldier surrendering to whoever it happens to be at war with), the stuff around Elie, the `meetings' with his agent etc. In fact most of the funny stuff is staged - and it is for the best. If I was being cynical I would question whether or not 95% of the film was scripted and acted as natural. But it didn't bother me because I found it funny.

Myles himself is a strange guy; he is quite abrasive and pretty unpleasant at times and is a bit of a jerk. He definitely doesn't deserve Elisabeth but it is easy to be amused by his cruel humour at times. He holds the attention pretty well when he is on dates, but as an actor I didn't think much of him: at one point we learn he refused an offer for a script on the basis that he would only sell it if he could star - he really needs to focus on writing as neither directing or acting appears to be his thing on the basis of this. The support crew are hilarious. Myles sound guy and cameraman are funny when they have the chance, while both Richard the agent and Elie are hilarious and don't mind sending themselves up!

Overall, treat this film as a comedy rather than a documentary - large chunks of it are staged, but it actually helps the film. It is very rough but it is different and quite enjoyable; it is funny in witty ways and it is funny in inventive ways and both styles work really well. It is not a perfect film (Myles' comes across like a daytime tv presenter at times) but it is fun; and that's all I was really looking for.

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