Date Night Reviews
Fun film if your bored, nothing to shout about.
"One ordinary couple. One little white lie."
I liked Date Night a lot more than I thought I would. I didn't know much about it going in and that helped a lot. I didn't know it had such a large cast of big names. I didn't know much about the story and I can honestly say I had a lot of fun watching it. The cast is great, with Steve Carrell and Tina Fey in the lead roles and a supporting cast that features names like Ray Liotta, Mark Wahlberg, William Fichtner, Mark Ruffalo, James Franco, Mila Kunis and Kristen Wiig.
A married couple go out for a date at a new hot seafood spot. Since they have no reservation, they pose as different people in order to get a table. This causes a series of events to open up because two people approach them about a stolen flash drive. The couple gets away and now must track down the real couple in order to end the horrible night.
The movie actually does deliver some laughs. Yeah, it also has its share of horrible, ridiculous and just plain stupid scenes. But the two pretty much balance out and leave the viewer with a pretty easy to like little comedy. There's nothing special or amazing about it; it is as average as they come. The cast makes it well worth the watch though.
Still, there are a few scenes that are downright enjoyable but when it's so poorly weaved together you might as well find time for something else like 30 Rock and The Office.
Hilarious movie starring my two favorite people! Watch this if you enjoy non-stop comedy! Just pointing out that it's not meant to be flawless it's just meant to entertain and it succeeds in doing that.
This begins a night of mistaken identity. It seems the people they stole their reservation from also are holding a USB memory stick that contains sensitive information and when threatened by some dirty cops, the couple gets away and seeks some help from one of Claires old clients (Mark Wahlberg).
what follows is a night of car chases, shirtlessness (by Wahlberg) and an encounter with the real couple who has the evidence.
What works here is the chemistry between Steve Carell and Tina Fey; you really seem to know this couple and root for them, even through some rather absurd comedy sketches that have a "knowing smile" factor while going wide of the mark on laughs. But the chemistry works really well - and is a necessity in this type of romantic comedy. Taking for example a similar type of film, The Out of Towners, you can easily see the difference chemistry can make - Jack Lemon and Sandy Denis had it, and the remake did not.
The story of the film is the old saw of mistaken identity, and while director Shawn Levy does a nice job of keeping an even pacing, the plot's implausibilities weigh the film down, making it obvious that this is intended as a comic vehicle - an unfortunate choice as the film, quite frankly, isn't all that funny (all the really funny lines were left to the outtakes that rolled over the ending credits - most of which was riffing from Fey).
The acting overall is fairly good, with a shout out to James Franco and Mila Kunis who shine in their brief time on screen as Taste and Whippet, the "other couple" that Carell and Fey get mistaken for.
The final analysis is that Date Night works as a light comedy of a couple of a certain age, dealing with kids and jobs and not having enough time to be more than, as one character puts it "really good roommates", but as a laugh fest it falls well short.