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Date With an Angel Angels are man's and the movies' way of dealing with the idea of God. They look like us, for one thing, so a casting call isn't out of the question....Date With an Angel Angels are man's and the movies' way of dealing with the idea of God. They look like us, for one thing, so a casting call isn't out of the question....1997-06-13

Angels are man’s and the movies’ way of dealing with the idea of God. They look like us, for one thing, so a casting call isn’t out of the question. For another, they allow directors to answer our prayers under the guise of eternal truths.

Without a crisis to give it heft, though, an angel movie can devolve into greeting-card banalities. The trivial romantic comedy Date with an Angel represents a smug, ’80s-era take on winged messengers: They’re blond babes (French actress Emmanuelle Beart) who help sensitive young guys (Michael E. Knight) get out of their engagements to rich twits (Phoebe Cates). Granted, Beart possesses a beauty that could bring Scratch himself into the revival tent, but everything else about the movie is as embarrassingly dated as only a 10-year-old movie can be. It has the philosophic weight of a T-shirt. D+

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