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April 16, 2017
110308: Never drew me in. Not once. Ouch.
½ April 9, 2017
well made movie but more on the cheesy side for an older demographic. moderately funny. lots of great cameos. (1 viewing)
March 16, 2017
Another forgettable comedy
January 17, 2017
With a terrific premise and two of the funniest people in show business, Date Night should have been the year's best comedy, hands down. On Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, Tina Fey has proven her comedic mettle, bringing wit and intelligence to her craft. Steve Carell, for his part, has made me laugh 'til my sides ached in Get Smart, as well as the better seasons of The Office, and brought a surprising amount of warmth and heart to Dan in Real Life. Though both actors drift into vulgar humor from time to time, when given good material they truly shine.

Date Night, by all appearances, was to be a sure-fire laugh riot, combining as it did these two talents with the comedic potential inherent to the instantly-relatable challenge of keeping love alive in a marriage. Sadly, after a good start, Date Night succumbs to lazy, crass humor and a meandering plot. The film follows Fey and Carell's characters (who are happily married-with-children but are stuck in the monotony of routine) on their weekly date night, where they are confused for another couple wanted by the mob.

The beginning of the film, exploring the day-to-day grind of this loving couple as they juggle kids, work, and marriage, provides some of the film's most grounded and genuine humor. However, once the mafia storyline kicks in, the film attempts to find humor by contrasting the couple's relatively wholesome family life with the seedy underworld of New York City...and fails.

While the film contains a few genuine laughs, most of the jokes fall flat or confuse crass with funny, tying the hands of the talented stars. It's a shame, too, because Carell and Fey wring some genuine sweetness out of their characters, whenever the limited script allows them too. They have good chemistry as a screen couple. The few moments where we see that chemistry give the audience a glimpse of what might have been. I for one would love to see them take another crack at it.

This may have been a poor first date, but these two deserve another shot. With a good script that balances laughs and heart, like the Steve Martin-Diane Keaton version of Father of the Bride, Steve Carell and Tina Fey could make the perfect date movie, sweet (but not sappy) and full of laughs. As it is, this premise (a loving married couple, stuck in a rut, have an adventure that renews their passion and appreciation for each other) was done much better in The Incredibles. As much as it pains me to say it, this Date Night shouldn't be seen on yours.
January 1, 2017
Some great laugh out loud moments when a couple are trying to have a proper date night to save their marriage. What could go wrong?
January 1, 2017
It's good movie to watch
November 6, 2016
Date Night is pretty much a one note action comedy but Carrel and Fey inject just enough humor to mix it up.
Super Reviewer
½ October 26, 2016
Just not funny, not sure how it got a 67% from the critics.
Super Reviewer
October 25, 2016
Despite an all-star cast, that reads like a who's who of comedians, the much anticipated, Date Night, from Night At The Museum Director, Shawn Levy, failed to deliver in a big way. Of course there is that old saying about too many cooks in the kitchen, but that wasn't the problem here, as individually, the performances were pretty good. What I didn't like about the film, was a lazy story that hasn't only been done before, but seemed to just run around in circles. The Foster family is going through your typical dry spell as a married couple with kids, and the news of a recent friends divorce has them worried about their own relationship, so they decide to start having a regular date night again. Not wanting to wait at a fancy restaurant without a reservation, they claim to be someone else, who are very late arriving to their reserved table. The Foster's think they're just stealing a reservation, instead they are stepping into the lives of two people who are wanted by many different people for many different things, leading to the wildest night of their lives. This story had some great potential, but once again, if these writers would stop worrying about PG-13 vs. R, in regards to who will go see their films, and just let the story take off in whatever direction it's going, the film could have been so much better. Instead, the writers hold back, because they don't want a raunchy comedy, they want a date movie, and the result is a mediocre comedy that should have been so much better than it was. Date Night is good for a chuckle here and there, but otherwise, the story goes in circles, it's predictable, and it wastes the talent of a terrific cast.
October 12, 2016
One star for Tina, one for Steve. The rest is meh.
October 6, 2016
I LOVE Fey and Carrell. I couldnt get behind this one tho. As much as I love them, I felt like a parent at the 4th grade play WILLING them to be funny.
A few funny lines here and there, but it's a rather uncomfortable affair - go see Get Smart or Baby Mama for some big laughs.
Fey and Carrell can't seem to get their vibe right here.
I wanted them to be funny as much as they did, but its an overall misfire.
They try to blend the uncomfortable comedy of The Office with the uncomfortable comedy of 30 Rock, but they look uncomfortable themselves, and it doesnt fully come together.

2 out of 5
September 17, 2016
Humor is a little poor than thought and the story isn't that enjoyable
½ August 28, 2016
"Date Night" had a premise with so many opportunities yet it ended up being too generic.
August 23, 2016
Date Night is a fine film for a Friday night, just nothing special. It plays into cliches of "the people get thrown into dire situation and rise to the occasion" and "bored married couple's life gets interesting". Nonetheless, it's just typical genre fare in the best sense it can be.
August 2, 2016
Date night is made on a very hard to believe premise, but if it's funny then it doesn't really matter. Sadly it's not though, it really drags and a car chase scene too seems to be overly long, we get it that's the joke just end this scene already. Just when you thought it couldn't get more stupid they start dancing 'sexily' yes that's the depths gone to for a cheap gag. I'm fine with these basic low humour comedies if they're funny but this is anything but.
July 26, 2016
Gal Gadot killed it on that phrase
July 24, 2016
It was fun to watch as a whole.
½ July 21, 2016
This movie is more stupidity than comedy.
June 29, 2016
Date Night is action packed and funny. Steve Carrell and Tina Fey make the perfect romantic couple. This movie and plot are amazing. I would suggest this movie.
June 7, 2016
A pleasant romance / comedy/ action film. You can't go too wrong with Steve Carrell and Tina Fey.
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