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Date Night (2010)

A 2010 comedy movie directed by Shawn Levy.

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We All Could Use a Good Date Night

  • Apr 11, 2010
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Written by Josh Clausner
Directed by Shawn Levy
Starring Steve Carrell, Tina Fey and Mark Wahlberg

Claire Foster: No! When he says,” vagina”, he means your face.

Before the day has even started, it is already gone.  Nasal strips are ripped off your face while miniature bodies pile drive into you before the alarm even has a chance to go off.  In all honesty, the alarm probably hasn’t even needed setting in years.  Something will inevitably wake the Foster’s up to their routine earlier than necessary.  Phil and Claire, played by the king and queen of NBC comedy, Steve Carrell and Tina Fey, sit on opposite sides of their bed and stare into the separate abysses that await them.  The message is clear; being married is hard, maybe even too hard.  As you look at these two comedic geniuses though, you still see hope in their nearly defeated faces – hope for both the Foster’s themselves and for the movie you’re actually about to watch.  What everybody needs is a good DATE NIGHT.

I am not married and nor do I have children.  In fact, I saw DATE NIGHT in the middle of the afternoon, alone.  I may not be the intended audience in regard to the marital doldrums theme we have seen plenty of times before but there is a whole other audience built in to DATE NIGHT that director, Shawn Levy, plays to more often than the first.  That would be the legions of Carrell and Fey followers out there, of which I easily include myself among.  Before this, I essentially avoided Levy’s work altogether.  I’m not saying I’m about to go back and watch the NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM series but I must commend him for rising above the complete implausibility of the film’s mistaken identity premise by allowing his stars to shine when they should.  Meanwhile, getting strong character actors, like James Franco, Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, for random bit parts also gives more credibility whenever it was needed.

Fey’s quick wit and Carrell’s endearing awkwardness may be strengths we are used to by now and just expect to some extent, but their mastery is only getting better and it is their chemistry that makes DATE NIGHT work when it so easily could have bombed.  These two immensely funny people pull from their dramatic strengths to make sure the Foster’s are a real couple.  They’re real because you can always see the fear on their faces – the fear that they could actually lose each other.  This DATE NIGHT really needs to work.  And it does.

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May 13, 2010
I like Tina Fey and she is definitely worth at least a rental. Great review!
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review by . December 12, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Sometimes a good movie is all we need. ‘Date Night' isn't a great film, and maybe it doesn't try to be one, but we all know there are times when only a good film is our best diversion.      It's hard to decide at first if ‘Date Night' is a comedy or adventure, so once we get our bearings--at least for me I found a few surprises--we can settle on comedy adventure as the alleged genre.      Small screen protagonists, Steve Carrell …
Quick Tip by . November 19, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Surprisingly hilarious. I'm not usually a fan of American comedies (too formulaic), but this film was great and it's all due to the comedic chemistry between Tina Fey and Steve Carell.
review by . November 12, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
 ** out of ****      “Date Night” has too much on its hands. It tries desperately to be some sort of action-comedy-romance thing, and in doing so can’t manage to by any of those things. It’s neither funny enough, thrilling enough, nor touching enough to make its mark. Sure, it makes the most out of its talented cast, but even that’s not enough to save “Date Night” from being dull, mostly unfunny, and completely generic in every way. …
Quick Tip by . September 20, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
meh. mostly predictable and only somewhat funny, just reinforced my feeling that you can't make a feature length film out of an SNL skit concept (which this wasn't, but essentially the same idea). just not enough there to pull off a whole movie, imo
Quick Tip by . September 09, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Not bad, some plot devices felt really contrived but the performances of Fey and Carrell manages to exude a lot of energy and entertainment. Quite interesting how a romantic-family comedy can turn into a crime comedy/heist film; while not totally unpredictable, it was very enjoyable. [3 out of 5]
Quick Tip by . September 16, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
What a great movie. Although I felt like the first and second act of the movie were extremely solid, the final act felt very rushed. You could tell there were a ton of on set reshoots to help put this movie together in the editing room. I felt like it was a little too convenient that they tricked them to go onto the roof and there were cops there...maybe a little more explanation would have helped =). But all in all I thought it was a great "Date Night" movie to see with my girlfriend...get it Date …
review by . April 12, 2010
In order for a movie packed full of unlikely plot-developments and general silliness like DATE NIGHT, a cast that's easy to love who have razor sharp comic timing and mastery of their tone is needed. Fortunately, Steve Carrell and Tina Fey meet all three requirements, and thus, DATE NIGHT works on many levels.    Carrell and Fey play a nearly middle aged married couple with kids. They have a comfortable suburban life, and are still fond of each other, but they are also clearly …
review by . April 09, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I cannot think of a better pairing than Steve Carell and Tina Fey, not only because they're funny, not only because they're gifted at improvisation, but also because they possess an actor's sense of timing. Comedy is not only about letting loose physically and verbally; it's also about knowing when to hold back. Carell and Fey get this, and they put it to good use in "Date Night"; when they're not engaging in over the top sequences that merge summer action with slapstick, then they're taking part …
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Tina Fey and Steve Carell are two of the most charming performers in entertainment today. Their goofy attractiveness makes them a perfect couple inDate Night: an unremarkable husband and wife from New Jersey, they get mistaken for crooks in Manhattan, sending them on a wild night replete with snooty wait staff, crooked cops, glitter-specked strippers, a shirtless superspy (Mark Wahlberg, as buff as ever), and a preposterous car chase. The movie makes no effort to be remotely plausible and the last third really goes off the rails, and it would probably be better served by less familiar faces in minor roles (bit parts are played by Mark Ruffalo, Kristen Wiig, Common, James Franco, Mila Kunis, William Fichtner, and Ray Liotta). It's disappointing that the dialogue doesn't crackle the way it does on30 RockorThe Office. But Fey and Carell carry the movie along through sheer nerdy pluck. Rarely does a couple in a movie seem genuinely devoted to each other, not out of wild passion, but for all the things that a real marriage is built on: patience, shared humor, a willingness to deal with day-to-day annoyances, and simple affection. Fey and Carell seem like a couple you'd actually enjoy going out to dinner with. In today's world, that's more romantic than sunsets and bouquets of roses.--Bret Fetzer
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Director: Shawn Levy
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: April 09, 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: August 10, 2010
Runtime: 88 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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