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Date Night

2010-04-09 09:03
 
Date Night

What it's about:

Phil and Claire Foster (Steve Carell and Tina Fey) are a bored suburban couple from New Jersey. On their designated 'date night' they get glammed up for an evening of much-needed romance in Manhattan. Unable to secure a table at a trendy restaurant, they steal a reservation from the Tripplehorns, a couple who've failed to turn up. But this fortunate case of mistaken identity takes a nasty turn when they are captured by mobsters who believe them to be the real Tripplehorns.

What we thought:

You almost instinctively know what you're going to get from a movie like Date Night. Just one glimpse of its lead stars, best known for playing hilariously unlucky-in-love singles on their respective television sitcoms (he as Michael Scott on The Office, she as 30 Rock's Liz Lemon) in the promotional poster, and you just know that all your fantasies of these two finally combining their collective comedic talents will live up to its promise.

And it really really does, without trying to be clever or controversial or particularly sensible. The writers take full advantage of the acting talent at their disposal and allow Carell and Fey's quirky 'ordinariness' (what a strange thing to associate with these two!) to run wild, as it were. There is nothing special about the Fosters. They're just like every other couple 10 years into their marriage - with kids, careers, mortgages and no energy at the end of the day to have a conversation, let alone sex. Their relationship has not only lost its spark, they've no idea where they misplaced it and they start to worry about their future when they learn that their closest friends, a married couple, are splitting up.

But what marriage counselling can't fix, a night spent on the run from trigger-happy mobsters most certainly will. There's an issue with a flash drive (or "computer stick thingie" as Claire calls it) that mob boss Joe Miletto (Ray Liotta) desperately wants from the people he thinks are the Tripplehorns. And with not a clue on how to deal with their unique problem, the Fosters rely on their sketchy recall of action movie clichés and one of Claire's clients, security expert Holbrooke Grant (played by a toned, perma-shirtless Mark Wahlberg in a nod to his Marky Mark man-meat days) to help them out.

Watching Phil and Claire play at being Mr and Mrs Smith is an unequivocal riot and the actors are game for just about anything, whether it's puking on a crowded Manhattan sidewalk, pretending to be friends with will.i.am or chasing through the streets in conjoined cars (something that has to be seen to be believed). There's a deliciously wry screwball element to the humour that elevates Date Night from being a disposable romantic comedy to what turns out to be the perfect date movie.

The wealth of cameo roles (Look! It's James Franco, Mila Kunis, Blair Waldorf and Brad Pitt's mom in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button!) are more than mere window dressing, with each role adding to the colour, mayhem and magic that makes Date Night such an enjoyable ride.

Belly laughs are guaranteed and one scene in particular, that involves a drop-dead sexy Fey in knickers and heels, Carrell in a garish tracksuit, a stripper pole and a loose interpretation on the concept of titillation, will have you clutching your sides in agony. You might even want to try it at home.


Steve Carell. Tina Fey. One night of madcap mayhem. 'Nuff said.

kaiv 2010/04/11 11:50 PM
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good movie
Natasha 2010/04/28 10:55 AM
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This movie was too funny hahaha. I literally had tears pouring down as I was laughing so much. I highley recommend this movie. It really is worth it
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