Excerpt: Have you ever watched a comedy and found yourself thinking, “This film has a terrible plot and paints by numbers, but I’ll be damned if [insert comedian] doesn’t make it work perfectly”? I’m hesitant to list specific examples because comedy is such a subjective genre, but I think we can all agree that a major part of what makes one work is the timing and delivery of its stars.
Excerpt: Date Night succeeds chiefly in making the work that its two stars do on the same major television network seem anything but mainstream. NBC's primetime wonder twins Tina Fey and Steve Carell face a strange, almost quaint crossroads in their career: Having conquered the small screen, the received show biz wisdom would demand they dominate the big one. It may be time to call that model of stardom outmoded, especially if these are the paces they must be put through.
Excerpt: The Film Steve Carell and Tina Fey are definitely part of the A-list. The proof is in the success of Date Night . Two of the funniest people on TV sounds like a recipe for box-office gold. Despite the $152 million and one of the largest all-star casts ever, the movie plays more like a bad rerun. Carell and Fey star as Phil and Claire Foster, a Jersey couple who are stuck in a routine marriage and lame jobs.
Excerpt: Phil and Claire Foster are a sensible, suburban husband and wife slogging through their daily lives and marriage. But a case of mistaken identity sets off a n outrageous chain of events involving small-time thieves, big-city mobsters, corrupt cops and a crazed cabbie, as the Fosters' "date night" turns into a wild ride they'll never forget!.
Conclusion: Shawn Levy's 'Date Night' is a very entertaining and funny screwball romantic comedy. The success of this madcap adventure about a marriage in auto-pilot suddenly turning into a dangerous game of mistaken identity is largely due to the union of its two comedic stars, Steve Carell and Tina Fey. And the film is terrifically supported by an amusing cast of cameos, making this a great date movie that couples can enjoy together.
Conclusion: Date Night , ironically, isn't really worth the $20 you'd spend to take your significant other out on a date night of your own to see it in the theater. Steve Carrell and Tiny Fey are often hilarious when pursuing their own comic endeavors, but here, under the heavy-handed, joke-flattening direction of Shawn Levy—the guy responsible for Cheaper by the Dozen and The Pink Panther remake—they seem oddly constrained and awkwardly unfunny.
Excerpt: When Date Night has energy, it can be hilarious. The film’s highlight, a two-car accident that leaves the vehicles hooked to each other, then resulting in a chase around New York, is priceless. The cab driver (J.B. Smoove) hooked to Phil (Steve Carell) and Claire (Tina Fey) Foster produces some priceless and expressive screams as they zip around, trying to avoid the potentially crooked cops who are after them.
Excerpt: If you find yourself watching Date Night this weekend, remember: it's OK to laugh. No, the movie isn't nearly as funny as any given episode of The Office or 30 Rock , and yes, the script and the direction do repeatedly insult the audience by assuming we can't get a joke or an emotional moment unless the entire film screeches to a halt to point it out.
Excerpt: In Date Night , Steve Carell and Tina Fey play a fundamentally solid married couple who have been together long enough to take each other for granted. Having traded the electricity of new infatuation for the security of sleepy middle-class suburban parenthood, this complacent pair looks for a shock to the system to revive their relationship’s dormant romance.