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How to Go Out on a Date in Queens (2006)

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A self-proclaimed dating expert tries to get his best friend, who lost his wife two years earlier, back into the dating scene, with disastrous results.


Michelle Danner


Richard Vetere (play), Richard Vetere (screenplay)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Alexander ... Johnny
Ruth Barrie ... Stan's Mother
Carlos M. Castillón Carlos M. Castillón ... Jose (as Carlos Castillion)
Cliff Bemis ... Radio Announcer
John Cirigliano ... The Birdman
Brian T. Clancey Brian T. Clancey ... Bartender
Michelle Danner ... Laura
Brian Drillinger Brian Drillinger ... Stan
Christine Dunford ... Ann Marie
Jodie Edwards Jodie Edwards ... Girl on Bench
Rob Estes ... Artie
Alison Eastwood ... Karen
Eric Gorman Eric Gorman ... Towtruck Driver
Alexandra Guarnieri ... Coatcheck Girl
Diana Horowitz Diana Horowitz ... Hands / Water 1


Three relationships turn sour during dinner at a popular eatery: A self-proclaimed dating expert persuades his friend, who lost his young wife three years earlier, to go out on a date, which turns out to be disastrous; the restaurant's manager learns that her boyfriend is going to bet their entire savings on the Super Bowl that night instead of proposing to her; and a bookie takes his mistress out for dinner and tells her that he is being targeted by the Russian Mafia. Written by Anonymous

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Hell isn't being alone - it's being in a room filled with people and not one of them want to rip your clothes off. See more »


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content and language

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Release Date:

28 July 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cómo prepararse para una cita en Queens See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lady Marmalade Music See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Christine Dunford and Jason Alexander also appeared together in two episodes of Seinfeld: Seinfeld: The Limo (1992) and Seinfeld: The Pie (1994). See more »


What now my Love ?
(Et Maintenant)
Music by Gilbert Bécaud
French lyrics by Pierre Delanoë
English lyrics by Carl Sigman
Performed by Sonny & Cher
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Intriguing look at life in a borough under the shadows of Manhattan!
5 April 2017 | by Amy AdlerSee all my reviews

Queens, a borough of NYC, has an intriguing sub-culture, if this movie is accurate. It aspires to being as "hip" as Manhattan but doesn't quite get there. In this tale, Artie (Rob Estes) is a top tier auto mechanic and body repairman, still in rather deep depression after losing his wife two years ago. The front office man at the shop, Stan (Brian Dillinger) is a know-it-all who has been dating, as he says, for 16 years and wants to set Artie up with a blind date. Artie resists until he sees a dove land on a car. Believing it to be a sign from heaven, Art agrees to meet a friend of Stan's current girlfriend, Amy (Kimberly Paisley-Williams). Before the big event, Stan overloads Artie on how to make the date a success. But, when the foursome actually meet, things don't go very smoothly. Artie does have eyes for the bartender, Karen (Alison Eastwood), as the night moves along. Meanwhile, the restaurant manager, who longs to plan a wedding, is upset that her fiancé, Frankie (Esai Morales) is going to bet their wedding money on the Superbowl. Finally, a two bit gambler, Johnny (Jason Alexander) is in deep debt to the Russian mafia and may have only one hope of repaying them before they make him suffer the "ultimate interest rate". This terrifies his lady, Ann Marie (Christine Dunford) who wants to marry him. Henchman Vito (Ron Perlman) may be on his way to find Johnny. How will romance thrive in Queens? This interesting film has a good cast, a unique locale, fun accents, well-chosen costumes, a competent script and so on. No, its not a light-hearted romantic comedy, as one might suppose. However, there are amusing moments, amid some very touching and very scary ones. Those viewers who like the offbeat flicks will most likely want to make a date with Queens.

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