Genres: Comedy and Romance
Running Time: 1 hr. 28 min.
Release Date: April 9th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual and crude content throughout, language, some violence and a drug reference.
Distributors: 20th Century Fox
Directed by: Shawn Levy
JJ Rating: B
Watch It Again: Yes.
Own It: No.
Recommend it to: People that like Steve Carell and Tina Fey. They are the stars and NO ONE upstages them.
Phil (Steve Carell) & Claire Foster (Tina Fey) always have a date night every week where they spend time away from the kids. One date night Phil wanted to make it special because he didn’t want to end up like their friends who are getting a divorce. So they go into the city to a nice restaurant and take someone’s reservation. Then for one crazy night they become the Tripplehorns. Date Night.
Carell & Fey coupled together was magic. They were the stars and no one was able to outshine them, not even Ray Liotta with his loud voice. They’re like peanut butter and jelly; they’re catchy like the quirky song and a great mid-afternoon snack. They have all the right moves, with all the right words and they just work it like a model on a catwalk.
BUT then the story shimmies up on the screen and it just plateaus and never rises with tearful laughter or thrilling moments. There are songs that have long intros worthy of skipping to get to the meat of the infectious poplicious part. Date Night was that without the infections poplicious part. It built and built and built until there was so much expectation that instead of popping the air was released and the balloon farted through the air landing on a pile of poo.
That sounds a bit dire. There were scenes that I laughed out loud through, such as the taxi and expensive car melded bumper to bumper chase scene. That was a unique and so I laughed: ha-ha-ha. There are a lot of recognizable people who play minor roles. They all did a great job. It’s the lackluster story that failed to live up to the expectations that Carell and Fey present by being the stars.
Speaking of them, did I mention they were great? They have outtakes, those were great. They work so well together, like a super Sonny and Cher, a more charismatic Lois and Clark or a less gay Batman and Robin. I really enjoyed watching Carell and Fey share the screen. That’s the best part of the entire movie: them.
STEVE CARELL AND TINA FEY RULE DA SCHOOL OF LIFE! KING AND QUEEN OF PROM 2010!!!!