Movie: ‘Date Night’
In Theaters: April 9, 2010
Director: Shawn Levy
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual and crude content throughout, language, some violence and a drug reference
Buy It: On DVD or Blu-ray
Carell and Fey play Phil and Claire Foster, a bored married couple who are stuck in a rut of doing the same thing day in and day out. So they decide to go on a real date night, ditching the usual New Jersey steakhouse for a romantic dinner in Manhattan.
When they arrive at a high-class restaurant, of course there are no tables available, so Phil wildly takes the reservation of another couple who didn’t show up. The only problem is that this other couple (which turns out to be James Franco and Mila Kunis in spectacularly seedy roles) has a checkered history.
Thugs arrive at the restaurant thinking the Fosters are the other couple. Much zaniness ensues as the Fosters go on the run, pursued by both cops and bad guys, and have to use their wits and resources to figure a way out of this mess.
Thankfully, Claire has a good connection in a guy named Holbrooke (Mark Wahlberg), who works in private security and has access to helpful information. Most of the comedy comes from Carell and Fey’s physical comedy and chemistry. The other players, which also include thug Ray Liotta (is he typecast for life, or what?), simply revolve around the Foster’s crazy antics.
Amidst the action, we do get some nice revelations about marriage and what it means to be in a long-term relationship. This movie really appeals less to kids and teens, and more to married couples thinking they need to jazz up their relationship.
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