When speaking of Laurel and Hardy's first feature film Pardon Us, Stan Laurel described it as "a three-story building on a one-story base"-in other words, a 2-reeler stretched and bloated into 6 reels. Much the same could be said of Blake Edwards's Blind Date, though one wonders if Stan Laurel could have even gotten two reels out of its wafer-thin premise. At the outset, yuppie Bruce Willis is warned not to let his blind date, southern belle Kim Basinger, drink anything stronger than lemonade. So what does Willis do the first chance he gets? That's right, kids; he plies poor Basinger with champagne. And then he wonders why his life rapidly goes to hell in a handbasket. In his first starring movie role, Bruce Willis manages to find all sorts of nuances in his one-note role, while Kim Basinger is very funny when she's blotto-at least, for the first five minutes or so. John Laroquette costars as a character straight out of a 1920s bedroom farce; he's also pretty good, even though his dialogue is numbingly unamusing. Blake Edwards is famous for his ability to make a lot out of a little...but there has to be a limit somewhere.~Hal Erickson
I had not seen this movie in years when I bought the Blu-ray. I had fond memories of watching it on VHS back in the ‘80s, having rented it from a video store (kids may have to Google what all that means). It’s a crazy comedy, a bit adult-oriented, where all of the actors get to shine and perform some real comedy, courtesy of The Pink Panther’s Blake Edwards. Three of the biggest stars of the ‘80s, Bruce Willis, Kim Basinger, and John Larroquette, star in one of those movies that it would be fun to catch on Cinemax or HBO just when you’re ready to go to bed. Walter Davis is an ambitious corporate flunky who can never make a good impression on his boss, but at the last minute, his brother’s wife hooks him up with a drop-dead gorgeous blind date to impress everyone at a corporate dinner. Who wouldn’t be thrilled to find out their blind date is Kim Basinger? The only problem is Walter ignores the warning to keep her away from alcohol, figuring a little champagne can’t hurt. As the wild, liquor-fueled Nadia Gates, Basinger gets to engage in the kind of comedy that many actresses didn’t get to play in the ‘80s. There’s also the lunatic lawyer ex-boyfriend who harasses the pair of them all night, played by Night Court’s John Larroquette. The physical comedy here is amusing, though not quite up to the standards of Edwards’ best movies. There is also some heart in the movie, as Walter and Nadia try to repair the damage in their own lives and each other’s, while realizing their date may have been a perfect match. Supporting roles by Phil Hartman and William Daniels enhance the chaotic appeal of Blind Date. As a somewhat low-budget Blu-ray, it looks good, and I’m glad I added it to my movie collection. (Note: Some of the jokes about the Japanese CEO and his wife have not aged all that well.)
BLIND DATE 1987 Movie Review
This is not a bad movie for those who like screwball, slapstick comedic romantic comedies. Contrary to the advertorials and even the DVD jacket synopsis, it is NOT a SEXY comedy caper! Comedy-Caper, it is. It is also a very old-fashioned 1987 same-ole, same-ole-same-standard-fare, "Three Stooges-styled," slapstick, screwball Blake Edwards uninspired, hackneyed, "un-unique" comedy caper. So many of these have been made by so many others, too. And this is just another Blake Edwards (Master of the Pink Panther Movie Series, too) attempt at comedic capers!
Bruce Willis does a good job at being a new minted 1980's California Drunkard upon meeting the gorgeous Kim Basinger. The latter is not as good in this comedy as she is in her more serious roles like LA CONFIDENTIAL, etc., Etc. She goes crazy when she drinks alcohol and plays the role well with Willis. Both of them are perpetually courting disaster throughout the movie that all started with a BLIND DATE! Constant misfortunes, hijinks, chaos, mishaps, mistakes, and misunderstandings pile on continually. This is standard trite, hackneyed, all-too-common script writing that suits 1980's romantic comedies "to-a-T." Unfortunately, this one doesn't fly and falls flat -- without even being cute nor endearing as some romantic comedies are! The only remaining "True" laughs are from Blake Edwards-styled-"thumbing your nose" at established prudes, well-$tuffed, well-heeled, well-regimented, and well-established both financially and psychologically, standard personality types to provide comedic backboards for the four main comedic stars. There are many many better romantic comedies out there, in spite of Willis' and Basinger's performance attempts to save the overly used feeble slapstick script!
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
'She gets real wild!'
Owned for 2 months when reviewed.
From the era of dates gone awry films, this is a hidden gem. Some of the gags are a bit dated by today's PC standards, but this is still a good-natured laugh-out-loud film that seems like family viewing compared to the comedies made today. I recently revisited this, The Night Before, License to Drive, and Mystery Date and found them just as enjoyable as I did when I was a kid.
This is a very nice presentation of a film with great performances by Bruce Willis and Kim Basinger before they really broke out. And the late great Phil Hartman!