the Long Tail

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Sunday, January 08, 2006

My Date With Drew

Any student of American History can tell you that we wouldn't be where we are today as a society if it wasn't for those who dared to have a dream and follow it, no matter what those around them would say. Brian Herzlinger's dream doesn't have that kind of scope, but he might inspire someone else who does.

If you haven't heard about this movie yet, filmmaker Brian Herzlinger has had a crush on Drew Barrymore ever since he was 10 years old, and this movie is a document of his journey to finally realize his dream of going on a date with her, with all of the pain and joy that that involves.

In the process of realizing his dream, he taps into something uniquely inspiring that you can't realize until you see this movie for yourself. Everyone has dreams about rising above their station in life, even if only for a moment. This is simply one man's journey to reach that goal. It just happens to be a date with a uniquely beatiful actress; someone else's dream might be different.

Following one's dream is rarely an easy or fun thing to do, and this movie does not hide this fact. Which makes it all the more real; the false starts, along with those who provide inspiration along the way are familiar to anyone who's embarked on the long journey of following a dream. There are a few laughs along the way, but it's hard to not give into hopelessness when the reality of the situation becomes a wolf at the door.

It is because of those universal truths that those who deride Brian Herzlinger as a stalker completely miss the point; he himself said that if Drew said no, that would have been the end of it. Instead, this movie is a chronicle of one man's journey to follow his dream, and see where it takes him. To that end, everyone who's ever had a dream will find something to relate to in this movie.

Buy My Date with Drew from Amazon.


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