Dave Ming Chang (Eddie Murphy), newly
arrived in New York City, may be the ultimate fish out of
water. There's something about him that's not quite right -
for starters, he seems remarkably out of place and
uncomfortable in his own body. And for good reason: "Dave"
is not a man at all, but a ship made in the image of its
miniature-sized captain. It's little Eddie in the BIG family
comedy MEET DAVE.
So let's meet Dave. He's forty-something, pleasant looking
and nattily dressed, even if his attire - an all-white suit,
black tie and a neat black handkerchief tucked in his pocket
- harkens back to the disco-centric '70s. But beyond his odd
apparel, there's something not quite right about Dave. He's
definitely not from the neighborhood...not even close. Even
the way he walks is....odd; as he makes his way through the
streets of New York, one of his legs shoots out way too far
with each step, like he's not comfortable in his own body.
And for good reason: inside "Dave" is a crew of well-trained
miniature people - a world within a world - that feverishly
attempts to direct Dave's every action and conversation. In
each section of Dave's "body," a skilled crewperson (average
height: one and three-quarters inches), sporting an insignia
depicting a specific part of Dave's anatomy, mans a high
tech console controlling Dave's movements.
But Dave's crew, under the direction of the Captain from
whom Dave takes his appearance - is experiencing a steep
learning curve. When Dave attempts his first-ever sip of
water, a tremendous wave of water rushes down, drenching
everyone inside. When Dave tries on some clothing, a shirt
becomes a cotton beast bent on smothering him. When he goes
in for a simple medical exam, the metallic Dave must battle
formidable magnetic forces from an MRI. And a banquet of
processed meat tubes he learns are called "hot dogs," leads
to an explosive situation inside a men's room.
As Dave - that is, those inside Dave - slowly navigates his
way through these physical challenges, they begin to
experience something with even more profound effects. A
glimmer of emotion sweeps over the crew, which hails from a
place that discourages emotion and individuality. Dave is
changing - from the inside-out, and from the outside-in.
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