When Brendan Met Trudy
When Brendan Met Trudy (2001)

Brendan (Peter McDonald) is an anal retentive teacher and film buff. One night he goes to a pub and meets Trudy (Flora Montgomery), an outgoing, lively woman who is his complete and utter opposite. Against all odds, Brendan asks her out,… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 9, 2001
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Critic Score: 61% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The references to other films are rather overdone, and the direction is uneven.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Getting all the film references means you have to be a bit of a film buff yourself, but it's not essential to the enjoyment of this lighthearted satire.

David Germain
Associated Press

Brendan and Trudy and company deliver a grand good time.

Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

The whole thing plays out a bit like an episode of Dream On, where film references are used in lieu of original thoughts or dialogue. The impact is, of course, directly correlated to whether or not you get what films are being referenced.

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Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail

Doyle should have spent more time on the story and less time in the video store searching for inspiration.

Misha Berson
Seattle Times

One of the smarter, more likable attempts at neo-screwball comedy to hit the screen in a while.

John Venable

Not as formulaic as American-made romantic comedies, rent this one and pour yourself a Guinness.

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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

It feels churlish to complain about its borrowings from other films. But it feels insubstantial and redundant.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Being 'on' all the time is no easy task for an actor. But [Montgomery] makes it look natural.

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Paul Salfen

...it will be remembered by true movie lovers a little better than it saccharine-coated competitors.

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