Chris Pine and Anjali Jay in Blind Dating (2006)

No Second Sight Needed

Danny (Chris Pine) is a good looking young man who is both clever and popular; he is also blind and prefers not to show it by using a stick or anything. He is also blind to the fact that all the women think he is gorgeous including his therapist, Dr. Evans (Jane Seymour), who can't help herself from undressing when he pays her a visit. But at 22 Danny has not been with a woman and his brother Larry (Eddie Kaye Thomas) is determined to set him up with a woman even if it is one of the hookers who uses the back of his limo. But then Danny finds himself becoming friends with Leeza (Anjali Jay) a receptionist at the hospital where Danny is attending as he plans to undergo a risky eye operation. But as Danny and Leeza become close it leads to issues as Leeza comes from a traditional Asian family and she has been promised in an arranged marriage.

Buy one get another two free. What I am on about is "Blind Dating" is not one, not two but three movies rolled in to one or at least it reminded me of three movies squished together in an okay but not memorable fashion. The first of those movies is partly down to the casting of Eddie Kaye Thomas as this has a distinct "American Pie" feel with him playing a wannabee wheeler dealer who thinks it's all about sex and money which is why he rents out the back of his limo to hookers. It is what I call "pie" lite as it isn't completely risque but has that juvenile comedy side.

Eddie Kaye Thomas in Blind Dating (2006)

But then we get the second movie and find myself thinking back to Val Kilmer and "At First Sight" as we have a young man who has never seen considering an eye sight operation which might not work and might be a struggle to adjust to if it is a success. But remember there is that "American Pie" edge to this movie which means the depth is not very deep when it comes to this side of the movie.

That brings me to the third movie squeezed in to the mix with this being a culture clash comedy as Danny finds himself doing what ever it takes to win Leeza when she feels a loyalty to her parent's tradition. The thing is that like every other bit of "Blind Dating" this romantic storyline is nice enough but it is familiar and when it comes down to it "Blind Dating" isn't the most memorable movie. And whilst the cast is okay the characters themselves are ordinary which contributes to why a few days after watching you begin to struggle to remember the details.

What this all boils down to is that "Blind Dating" is okay, it is a typical 21st century romantic comedy which in truth means it is ultimately forgettable and the sort of movie you stumble over, watch once but feel no compelling desire to watch it again.