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Date Night
Genre Comedy
Year: 2010
 
Review:

Ah, date night... the one night of the week married couples get to... go on a date. That's right. Today's married couple has to actually schedule an evening every week to do something special together, whether that's dining, movies or a mixture of both. Date Night explores the mundane weekly event with a fresh perspective... what if a date night became memorable for all the wrong reasons.

In the same way The Hangover took a bachelors to new depths of culpability, Date Night takes the Fosters, a bored married couple on a thrilling crime adventure through the streets of New York City. What a fantastic premise for comedy... take one lifeless married couple, one white lie and an exercise in couple-on-the-run hilarity to wipe the slate clean. Forget you ever saw The Out-of-Towners with Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn and replace that jaded memory of John Cleese in drag with this action-packed mix of Get Smart, The Hangover and Chuck.

Steve Carell is fast becoming a Hollywood darling. Ever since his anchorman meltdown on Bruce Almighty, the only thing he's done wrong is agreeing to star in Evan Almighty (and he almost saved it!). Dan in Real Life, Get Smart, The 40-Year Old Virgin, Horton Hears A Who!... it's been a roller-coaster ride for the man and he can't put a foot wrong. Now starring as Phil, opposite Tina Fey (30 Rock), it's another winning performance. Fey isn't new to film and you may have caught her in Baby Mama or The Invention of Lying recently. Although Date Night should open the door for more comedy roles as with many of her Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock colleagues.

Date Night has a surprisingly recognisable cast... featuring Mark Wahlberg, Taraji P. Henson and Common, with cameos from James Franco, Mila Kunis, William Fichtner and Mark Ruffalo. Wahlberg's self-parody shirtless playboy gets plenty of laughs with the Fosters, and the other characters all add their collective star power to sustain the action comedy. The film is a little disjointed at times, but ranks up there with Rush Hour, Get Smart and TV shows like Chuck when it comes to good-natured action comedy. Date Night ironically, is a perfect choice for your very own date night and will have you rolling in the aisles, laughing your head off... basically having a good time.

These days, you can't go wrong with Steve Carell. Add the great comic chemistry between Carell and Fey... and you've got a buddy married couple team, who deserve a sequel or two. Director, Shawn Levy, has come a long way since his days of The Pink Panther and Cheaper by the Dozen, with the Night at the Museum franchise safely tucked away. Date Night continues the feel-good streak of 'Night' movies, but raises the bar in terms of content and comedy - even adding in a touch of heartwarming drama, making Date Night a real treat for audiences and memorable for all the right reasons.

The bottom line: Fun.


 

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