Meet Dave is a 2008 American family comedy film directed by Brian Robbins and starring Eddie Murphy. The film was co-written by Bill Corbett and Rob Greenberg. The film was released by 20th Century Fox and Regency Enterprises on July 11, 2008.
In a New York City apartment, a young boy named Josh Morrison (Austyn Lind Myers) watches through his telescope an approaching object coming from the sky. It is a golf ball-sized metal ball which flies through the window of his room and lands in his fishbowl, quickly draining the water. He keeps it and shows it at school in a science class presentation. Some months later, on Liberty Island, a massive fireball crash lands. The fireball is actually a spaceship resembling a human (Eddie Murphy). It is controlled by 100 humanoid aliens, each one inch tall. Its captain (also played by Murphy) pilots the spaceship along with his crew from inside its head. For people the spaceship seems fairly human, but odd and with superpowers. A superstitious cop named Officer Dooley (Scott Caan) is desperately searching for the alien.
The aliens are seeking a way to save their planet, Nil, from an energy crisis. For that they need salt, which they plan to produce by draining the Earth's oceans using the metal ball, so they have to recover it. After the spaceship is hit by the car of Josh's single mother Gina Morrison (Elizabeth Banks), the spaceship befriends Gina and Josh, telling them its name is Dave Ming Cheng, and sees the ball on a photograph. After having breakfast with Gina, Dave goes to Josh's school where he pretends to be a substitute teacher and eventually is able to talk to Josh alone. Josh tells him that the ball was taken from him by a bully. Directed to him by Josh, Dave takes the metal ball back from the bully.
The Captain spends time with Josh and Gina, and realizes that humans are more advanced than they thought, having feelings and love. He decides to cancel the plan of draining the oceans because of the damage to the Earth. The police know from the impression of Dave's face in the dirt on the crash site what he looks like, and they arrest him for investigation. After spending too much time on Earth, most of the crew began to have different "feelings". For example, Number 4, the security guard, begins to realize that he is gay. Number 2 decides that Number 1's and the rest of the crew's changing behavior is unacceptable so he aggressively takes over command and imprisons the captain. Now under the command of Number 2, Dave breaks out of the police station, and the police try to arrest him again. Number 3 (Gabrielle Union), who is secretly in love with The Captain, becomes jealous of Gina. She first cooperates in the change of command but later agrees with Number 1's views on humans. However, both are caught by Number 2, and they are expelled from the spaceship. In the meantime, one crew member, Number 17 (Kevin Hart), drunk from the alcoholic drink Dave has taken, jumps out. The Captain apologizes to Number 3 for ignoring her. He admits that he does love her and wants to be with her. Back at the police station, Dooley discovers Number 17 in his coffee and takes him to get information regarding where Dave is going.
Number 2 leads Dave to a dock where he tries to throw the metal orb into the ocean but is stopped by The Captain and Number 3, who have managed to re-enter the spaceship. They convince the rest of the crew that the real captain be in charge again. Number 1, reinstated, orders Number 2 to be stuck in the ship's "butt" forever. The metal orb meanwhile slips out of Dave's hand and rolls into the ocean. Number 1 attempts to retrieve the orb but is told that they only have enough power to retrieve the orb or return home. Number 1 decides to save Earth and the rest of the crew agrees. The ball, thrown in the ocean by Number 2, is retracted. Dave powers down while Dooley and his partner catch him and threaten him with their guns. With no power, Dave's shields are disabled, leaving the crew defenseless. Josh tries to tell the police officers that Dave is harmless but he is ignored. He grabs Dooley's taser which he uses on Dave, recharging him. Numbers 1 and 3 reveal themselves to the police officers who stand down. Number 1 says goodbye to Josh and Gina saying he now understands love. Number 17 is allowed to enter Dave. While trying to fly away, a force from the FBI comes in and traps Dave in a net. While the FBI wrestle the body down, "Dave's" crew evacuate to one of the ship's "lifeboat" shoes, activate the lifeboat's engine, detach the shoe from the rest of the ship/body and leave Earth. While in the shoe "lifeboat", The Captain asks for Number 3's hand in marriage. She accepts, and they kiss.
(in an alley outside Gina's apartment sometime after she hits Dave with her car) Gina Morrison: Hi, are you all right? Because you just ran off! Captain: Contact, everyone! Our first verbal encounter! (into microphone) Captain: Thank you for your concern. Dave: (speaks with extremely high pitch; bottles explode in background) Captain: It's way too high! More bass! Dave: (speaks in extremely low pitch) Captain: Level the frequency! Dave: (speaking perfectly) I'm all better now. Josh: (to Gina) How hard did you hit this guy?
Captain: Lieutenant Bottoms, what is your status? Lieutenant Bottoms: Captain, we had a small gas leak. It was silent, but not deadly.
(last lines) No. 3 - Cultural Officer: I didn't think we'd make it out of there, Captain. Good thing you have such big feet. Captain: We'll have much to explain when we return home. No. 3 - Cultural Officer: We'll find another way to save Nil. There are plenty of worlds out there for us to explore. Captain: Yes, Number 3. But what we learned on Earth is more valuable than all the salt in the galaxy. And when we do return, it looks like I'll be needing a new Number 2. No. 3 - Cultural Officer: I think you'll be needing more than that. (they kiss; the crew cheers) Captain: Cue the new anthem.
|Release Date||28 February 2008|
|US Box Office||$12,000,000|
|Tagline||Eddie Murphy in Eddie Murphy in Meet Dave|
|Genre||Adventure, Comedy, Family, Romance, Sci-Fi|
|Filming Locations||Los Angeles, California, USA|
|Sound Mix||DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS|
|Film Class||Sci-Fi Comedy|
|Themes||Benign Aliens, Fish Out of Water|