Date Night | Shawn Levy, 2010
When I heard that Steve Carell and Tina Fey were going to play a married couple in a comedy I got extremely excited. I mean, how could you not be excited to see what would happen if Michael Scott and Liz Lemon got married! Then Shawn Levy enters the picture, and the plot is revealed. My excitement went down quite a lot, but still the thought of the two of them together made me want to watch it. In the end the two of them didn’t disappoint and elevated the movie to a level that it didn’t deserve to be.
Phil Foster (Carell) and Claire Foster (Fey) are your typical married movie couple. They get up early every morning to get their kids ready for school and then they head off to work. When they return they are too tired to do anything else. Every week they have date night, and even that has become a chore. One day, after hearing that their seemingly happy friends are getting a divorce, Phil decides to spice things up by taking Clair to the cool new restaurant that everyone wants to go to. They get there, and there are not tables. On a whim they take someone else’s table. They then pulled away by two tough-looking individuals, one of them being Common, and they tell them that they want something that their boss is looking for. Obviously the Fosters don’t know what they are talking about, but the guys don’t believe them. So, they now how to figure out how to get out of this mess and stay alive to continue their boring life.
Looking at the movie from a critical stand point is rather useless. Shawl Levy’s direction is uninspired, the plot is as old as movies themselves, the script is filled with silly one-liners and the jokes don’t alway work, etc. However, it is still a fun time. there is plenty of action, the jokes that work are really funny, and like I said, Fey and Carell make it worthwhile. They have fantastic chemistry together and you do actually believe that they have been married for a long time. Also, they do what they can with the poor material that they are given.
One other thing that makes it fun is the various cameos. The best one is from Mark Walbergh as a security expert that helps the Fosters and never wears a shirt. Ray Liotta also appears as the ganster (duh), and James Franco and Mila Kunis are the people that the bad guy are supposed to be after.
So, Date Night is entertaining due to what the actors bring to the material, but not much else. If you are looking for something to kill time with, you could do much worse than this.