Love at First Sight? "Speed-Dating--The Movie" Opens This Weekend in Chicago

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So, a crazy thing happened to me this week. I went to the advance screening of Speed-Dating at ICE Theaters Chatham 14 Tuesday night and decided on a whim to participate in the speed dating game. I've never played before, but I figured hey, it's free and I'm here--why not? So, we play and I end of talking to about 12 guys (I forget the exact number, but it felt like a lot, lol) in three minute spurts. Had a few laughs and that was that. I definitely met some characters, but that's not the crazy part.

The day after the screening my mother was unexpectedly admitted to the hospital and as I'm walking out the hospital at 8 o'clock that night the man walking behind me stops me. I turn around and it's one of the men I speed dated the night before! Talk about random! As he walked with me back to my car I found out his mother was just admitted the night before the movie screening. She fell in her home, something that terrifies me everytime I think about it because my mother just had brain surgery last October after having a fall in her home. Turns out we have similar concerns about our mothers and their after care.

It was a really insightful conversation, which took about three or so minutes, but none of this came up when we gave our speed dating spiels. Maybe that's always been my hangup about speed dating events. How much can you really get to know a person in five minutes or less? Do people even say anything real when they're speed dating? Not too mention, I looked pretty fly (if I say so myself...and I do!) the night of the screening, but Wednesday I looked like I'd been sitting in a hospital all day and under distress. I'm surprised he recognized me, lol.

You might get lucky and make a love connection, but speed dating is probably more like the movie where you play just to get lucky because "love at first sight happens every night." 

Speed-Dating is a romantic comedy starring Wesley Jonathan ("Roll Bounce"), Chico Benymon (UPN's "Half & Half"), Leonard Robinson (MTV's "Wild 'N Out"), Vanessa Simmons ("Run's House") and Chicago's very own Mekita Faiye, who also produced the film and birthed her "baby" here at home with family and friends.

After watching the movie trailer I was expecting nothing but laughs and that's exactly what I got. Speed-Dating follows Too Cool (Wesley), Beaver (Robinson) and Dog (Benymon)--all best friends--as they search for Mrs. Right, taking it 1 one night stand at a time. In real life, seeing women ran through and discarded isn't too funny to me, but on the big screen it's pure comedy! Too Cool is just like his name suggests and one of the funniest things in this film is his "Walk of Shame" wall. Everytime women leave his bedroom the morning after and walk down the staircase they must pass  the WoS wall. Ouch. Classic! 

But, there's a mushy, heartwarming message by the movie's end. Beneath all the joking, audiences will get some insight about some of the deeper reasons why men and women run from relationships and love and settle for one night stands. Even the man or woman with the hardest exterior may be gooey inside and fragile like an egg. If you're really serious about loving and being loved, then be ready to stand in the fire and cook. Otherwise, get out the kitchen!

This is a great date movie (not too intense, get some nervous tension out the way), or great to see with a group of your guys or for a girl's night out.

Oh, and as for the speed dating/hospital guy, I'm keeping his mother in my prayers and who knows...

Speed-Dating is an indie flick and winner of the "Audience Favorite Award Narrative" at the 2010 Pan African Film & Arts Festival. It opens TONIGHT at ICE Theaters Chatham 14, 210 W. 87th St, Chicago, with showtimes at 12:20p, 3:00p, 5:10p, 7:20p and 9:30p. Come out and support, Chi City!  

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