Anchor Bay // 1987 // 105 Minutes // Rated PG
Reviewed by Judge Patrick Naugle // June 27th, 2002
Jim is about to marry a princess...but he's in love with an angel!
Aspiring composer Jim Sunders (Michael E. Knight, TV's All My Children) is about to start a new life with his spoiled rich fiancée Patty (Phoebe Cates, Gremlins). Little does Jim know things are about to take a heavenly turn when he wakes up the morning after his bachelor party to find a real life angel (Emmanuelle Beart, Mission: Impossible) floating in his pool! With a broken wing and nowhere to go, Jim's angel soon takes refuge in his house as she learns the pleasures of such earthly delights as eating Wendy's French fries and falling in love! However, Jim's path to enlightened bliss won't be easy: on his trail is his enraged fiancée, three goon-ball buddies out to make a quick buck off his angel, and Jim's soon to be father-in-law who wants our hero's head on a platter! Love knows no bounds nor religion when it comes to having a Date with an Angel!
So, the question of the hour is this: what's your follow-up film after directing the horror sequel Friday The 13th Part VI: Jason Lives? If you're writer/director Tom McLoughlin, it's the romantic comedy Date with an Angel! Inoffensively bland and mildly cute, Date with an Angel is exactly what you'd expect out of a romantic comedy from 1987: fluffy comedy filler. The real reason to catch this flick is for star Emmanuelle Beart: the filmmakers certainly succeeded in making her look like a real life angel (hubba-hubba)! The rest of the cast either underplays their role (Knight) or overplays it (Cates) to the point of being far too cartoonish. As for the story, well...let's just say that if I were to find a real life angel in my backyard, I'd find myself on the precipice of some truly probing theological inquires. The cast of Date with an Angel, however, only knows how to play off each other and their find by A.) trying to make the angel into a freak show and B.) hiding her in so many closets and bedrooms that it puts Three's Company to shame. On the long list of 1980s movies, Date with an Angel ranks somewhere between Just One of the Guys and Mannequin. Take that anyway you see fit.
Surprisingly, Meg Ryan is nowhere to be found in the flick. Go figure.
Date with an Angel is presented in a nice looking 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. Aside of a few instances of softness and grain in the image, this is yet another well produced transfer by our friends over at Anchor Bay. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround in English and is far better than I expected. While the mix sometimes sounds uniformly flat, there are some nice spatial effects in both the front and rear speakers. No subtitles or alternate soundtracks are available on this disc. Overall, both the video and the audio portions of this disc are well above what the film deserves. The supplemental features for Date with an Angel certainly won't have any fans riding on cloud nine -- the only bonus feature included on this disc is a widescreen theatrical trailer for the film.
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Studio: Anchor Bay
* 2.35:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround (English)
Running Time: 105 Minutes
Release Year: 1987
MPAA Rating: Rated PG
* Original Theatrical Trailer