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Extreme Dating


This movie, which was in post-production for a Very Long Time was released on DVD in the U.S. on Feb. 7, 2006. (It had been available in Thailand and some European nations for a few months prior to that.)

"Extreme Dating" is a light-weight action-comedy-romance that has some truly funny moments, especially if you know and love Lee Tergesen.

Lee plays a character named Hack, an ex-con turned painter whose partner in crime is the roly-poly A.J. (John DiMaggio).

The engaging ensemble cast features Devon Sawa, Amanda Detmer, Andrew Keegan and Ian Virgo as four 20-something friends who work for an ad agency. Lamenting the state of their love lives, they come to believe that the key to winning over their the object of their affections is to place themselves in extreme situations and let the sparks fly.

Thus, they plot a fake kidnapping -- hiring Hack and A.J. for $100 each to carry out the hoax. A slap-stick abduction occurs, but things turn serious when the friends later learn that the pair are ex-cons. Plus, Hack leaves a ransom message, demanding $50,000 for the return of the abductees -- Troy (Andrew Keegan) and a girl he had admired from afar, Amy (Jamie-Lynn DiScala).

Lee gets a goodly amount of screen time even if there isn't very much to his part. But he makes the most of it, of course. One of the funniest bits comes after the unexpected arrival of the cabin owned by resort mogul Marshall Jackson (played by Meat Loaf!). He stumbles upon the whole scheme, throwing the worlds stupidest criminals for a loop.

Hack insists they "stick to the plan." But AJ reminds him, "The last time you said that you wound up locked in the trunk of a Buick with a transvestite."

Lee-as-Hack flops down in a chair and huffs: "Can we go, like, *one day* without bringing that up."

The movie produces another giggle when the two are watching a COPS-like show on TV. The title in the corner of the screen -- "When Good Criminals Go Bad."

It's a fluffy, innocuous piece of fun. There certainly have been worse movies of this type. I think the main thing that has hindered its release has been a lot of legal woes.

Originally scheduled for theatrical release in 2004, "Extreme Dating" has had a bumpy ride. In November 2003, Franchise Pictures picked up the worldwide rights to the movie. But then Franchise Pictures went through a $77 million lawsuit and liquidated some of its projects, including "Extreme Dating." Warner Home Video picked up the rights, indicating a direct-to-video release.

Movie Gallery

Opening credit
The painters
Reading a book
A fight plan
A bad reminder
With Meat Loaf
At the door
With the "hooker"
Watching TV
Remote control
Wasted weekend

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Available on DVD

Interview with two of the movie's actors