Mystery Date

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Mystery Date
Mystery date poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jonathan Wacks
Produced by Cathleen Summers
Written by
  • Parker Bennett
  • Terry Runte
Music by John Du Prez
Cinematography Oliver Wood
Edited by Tina Hirsch
Distributed by Orion Pictures
Release date
  • August 16, 1991 (1991-08-16)
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States[1]
Language English
Box office $6.2 million[2]

Mystery Date is a 1991 American teen comedy film directed by Jonathan Wacks and starring Ethan Hawke, Teri Polo, and Brian McNamara. Shock-rockers Gwar have a brief cameo in the film.


Tom McHugh (Hawke) quickly learns that his perfect big brother Craig (McNamara) isn't all he's cracked up to be while on a night on the town with the girl next door (Polo), during which Tom is harassed by unpleasant strangers, threatened by mobsters, pursued by police, attacked by an irate florist, accused of murder, and has his date kidnapped—all because everyone thinks he's Craig...and the classic 1959 DeSoto Firesweep he borrowed off his brother has two dead bodies in the trunk.



Mystery Date holds a 25% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on eight reviews; the average rating is 4.7/10.[3]

Desson Howe from The Washington Post wrote: "Mystery Date is an exclamation point movie. Built on nothing but zany high points, it survives entirely on plot surprise. Maybe this kind of Date is for you! But guess what! I'd rather be at the pub!"[4]


  1. ^ "Just Another Night (1991)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Gross Taking from Box Office". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 29 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "Mystery Date (1991)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Washington Post Review". The Washington Post. 16 August 1991. Retrieved 29 June 2010. 

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