28 April 2010

Date Night

The Perfect Date Night Movie

Date Night has Tina Fey, her biggest starring role was the tepid Baby Mama, with Steve Carell, his biggest starring role was Get Smart (basically an untested leading man) in a movie directed by Shawn Levy, director of Night at the Museums and Cheaper by the Dozen, in a moderate budget comedy. Seems like a “can’t miss.” Both leading roles come from hit comedy series. It boasts a cameo cast of Mark Wahlberg, Kristen Wiig, Mark Ruffalo, Ray Liota, James Franco, and Mila Kunis. It seems way too good to be true. Happily, it wasn’t.

The wife and I went out to see this on a Friday night, we had free passes, it wasn’t like we hit the lottery and decided to forgo the cheap early shows. From the start, we both found it funny. As it went on, the laughs did not let up.

Date Night was a nice mix of North by Northwest and Adventures in Babysitting. I know, it sounds weird, but once you see it, you’ll understand. The Fosters lead a normal, safe, mundane life in the suburbs of Manhattan. They decide to go into the city for a nice dinner to add some spice back into their marriage. When they can’t get a table, they steal the reservation from the Tripplehorns. This innocent act starts an avalanche of hilarity and adventures. It becomes more than they bargained for when they get in the middle of a blackmail scheme gone wrong.

While watching this movie, I had the same thought I have had many times. How can they keep a straight face while doing all this crazy stuff? I could not imagine trying to keep a straight face looking at Tina Fey say, “I need to go home and fart in a shoebox.” I just laughed to myself typing that line.

After we left the movie, satisfied, and impressed, we went out to dinner, where we had a gift card. We managed our “date night” on a paltry $29.00 with tip. Verdict: This is a Must see for fans of Carell and Fey, but you already saw it if you are. If you aren’t, but enjoy a good adventure, this was well worth the watch.

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