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Meet Dave (PG)

PUBLISHED: 16:53 18 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:18 24 August 2010

In STARSHIP DAVE, Eddie Murphy portrays the captain of a crew of tiny, human-looking aliens that arives on earth in the perfect disguise--a spaceship shaped like an ordinary man-in the spitting image of the of the captain.

In STARSHIP DAVE, Eddie Murphy portrays the captain of a crew of tiny, human-looking aliens that arives on earth in the perfect disguise--a spaceship shaped like an ordinary man-in the spitting image of the of the captain.

Meet Dave (PG) www.meetdave.co.uk By Rory Gilder First I think I should point out that this film is directed by Brian Robbins, the man who brought us Norbit, which is probably why onl

Meet Dave (PG)

www.meetdave.co.uk

By Rory Gilder

First I think I should point out that this film is directed by Brian Robbins, the man who brought us Norbit, which is probably why only a third of the theatre is full.

The film stars Eddie Murphy as a tiny alien captain of a spaceship which takes on the form of Eddie Murphy and crash lands on earth.

The crew set about trying to track down an important artefact which could hold the key to their planet's survival but along the way get caught up in human relationships.

First let me point out some of the good points of this film.

The idea of a man controlled by others inside his body is an interesting one. I say others because there are about 20, rather like the crew in Star Trek.

You have the bridge, engine room, medical bay and security officers.

Second the interior set pieces are quite imaginative and detailed which make way for some prize moments, alongside the captain's love interest.

Last the 'simple' story. Alien comes to Earth in search of an item which has landed in the hands of a small boy who is bullied and his mother is the love interest of Dave well the mini Dave inside the spaceship Dave.

Still with me?

Eddie Murphy who plays both roles of Dave and the Captain tries to hold this film together.

In parts he does and it works nicely but in others he fails because no one on Earth would even look at him or go out with him due to his endless irritating antics and face mimicking.

There are some good gags and jokes, but this is no Nutty Professor or Dr Dolittle and haven't we seen enough of Murphy's irritating face grinning, gurning and cracking his way into gullible women's hearts.

This film may well fall alongside Murphy's flops Norbit, Pluto Nash, Haunted Mansion and Beverly Hills Cop 3.

However the under 10s will still lap up the space and silly humour along with their coke and popcorn for the ninety minutes of running time.

times.series@archant.co.uk


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