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April 29, 2010

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Date Night

by Franz Patrick


Date Night (2010)
★★★ / ★★★★

Steve Carell and Tina Fey star as a married couple who decided to go to the city on their date night to get away from the ennui of their busy schedules which mostly revolved around work and their kids. To spice things up a bit, they decided to go to an exclusive fancy restaurant which required reservations months in advance. Since they didn’t make one, Carell and Fey decided to pretend to be another couple–a couple involved in theft and currently being pursued by corrupt cops (Common, Jimmi Simpson) who seemed to work for the mob of some sort. When I saw the trailers for this film, I knew I had to watch it because casting arguably the funniest people in Hollywood right now is genius. What I loved about this movie most was not because of the story–mistaken identities, a couple feeling like their marriage lacked spark; I’ve seen it all before–but because of the chemistry between Fey and Carell. They matched each other’s awkwardness and both had great comedic timing. The two actors managed to pull off genuinely tender moments between them where I couldn’t help but feel touched. They were a believable couple and that’s why I cared about their characters. Written by Josh Klausner and directed by Shawn Levy, the script and the filmmakers allowed the two leads to play on their strengths and let the awkwardness linger to the point of saturation. But “Date Night” was as funny as it was exciting. The scene when the two cars (one owned by constantly shirtless Mark Wahlberg, a conceit I was glad that the actor embraced) couldn’t uncouple from one another was a definite standout. It was so much fun to watch, I wished that I was in that car with them. However, I did wish that the side characters had more screen time. For instance, Leighton Meester as the babysitter, Kristen Wiig and Mark Ruffalo as the couple about to get a divorce, Taraji P. Henson (who I love in those “Tyler Perry” movies) as the honest detective, and James Franco (doing his “sparkly eyes” thing that I’m always impressed with) and Mila Kunis as the weird but hilarious couple involved in blackmail. Nevertheless, the movie was so much fun and the adventures all over New York City reminded me of “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.” Those who are in the mood for good-natured comedy with a spice of action will definitely enjoy this movie, while fans of Fey and Carell will undoubtedly be happy with it.

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4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Apr 30 2010

    This film just surprised me by how funny it got. You never get much laughs at the theaters like this film.

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    • May 6 2010

      I saw it again for the second time. It’s still funny. I can’t get over that boat scene and the part where they went back to the restaurant “in disguise.” lol

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  2. mcarteratthemovies
    May 4 2010

    I’m so happy to see someone else gave this a good review! Tina Fey and Steve Carell are the sole reason I went to see “Date Night,” and I walked out pleasantly surprised. They have good relationship chemistry and great comic timing (never too showy, although I’ll watch Carell throw a hissy fit any day), so it wasn’t hard to buy them as a boring married couple. I’m a little sad that James Franco and Mila Kunis didn’t get more screen time because both are underrated as comic actors, but they made the most of what they had.

    My favorite throwaway part: Claire’s calling the babysitter from a payphone, and we hear: “Will you accept a collect call from ‘Oh, my God this phone smells like urine!'”

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    • May 6 2010

      Hahaha, good call. I love that line b/c I feel like it’s something that could have been said in “30 Rock.” Hilarious show but I’m still stuck in season 2. Can’t wait for Carrell’s “Despicable Me.”

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