Rating: 2 stars
Is it possible that Eddie Murphy just has bad taste? I mean, the man has prodigious gifts—he’s arguably the greatest comic actor of his generation—and yet his recent films have been stinkers. Okay, there have been a few exceptions—Dreamgirls, obviously, plus Shrek and the Nutty Professor series—but the duds just keep on coming: The Adventures of Pluto Nash, I Spy, Daddy Day Care, Dr. Doolittle, and—shudder—Norbit. And now there’s Meet Dave.
Is it a terrible movie? I guess not. It’s just low-rent and half-hearted—you don't get the sense that anyone involved really tried all that hard.
The wacky premise—a group of bite-sized aliens come down to earth to retrieve an important orb in a space ship that can take human form (Murphy plays not only the captain of the ship, but the ship in human form) —should have given Murphy ample room to strut his stuff. He does have some fun with learning the human way of smiling and shaking hands—and then some more fun getting tangled in a turtleneck at Old Navy (the product...