Date Night (2010)

Date Night is the newest movie by Shawn Levy, starring Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Mark Wahlberg, Taraji P. Henson, Mark Ruffalo, James Franco and Mila Kunis.

The Fosters (Steve Carell, Tina Fey) are a rather ordinary couple – he is a tax lawyer, she a real estate agent. Once a week, they have their Date Night, which is mostly the same every week. One week, they decide to do something special and have dinner in New York. But they arrive late at this ultra-hip restaurant and don’t get a table. On a whim, they decide to take the reservation of somebody else. Unfortunately these somebodies are in real trouble and now the Fosters get caught up in the whole thing.

Date Night is nothing special, but it has some really awesome moments. It’s fun and it will keep you entertained, as long as you don’t expect a meditation on life and death. [But honestly, who would?]

The plot is pretty ridiculous and should be ignored, as far as possible. It’s a vehicle to facilitate funny scenes and it succeeds there. It’s not meant to be considered as anything else, so don’t and you will be happy with it.

Tina Fey and Steve Carell are quite the dream-team. You really buy their relationship and both have awesome comedic timing. But generally speaking, the casting was inspired. By now, it’s one huge joke when Ray Liotta is cast as a New York mafioso – and a movie who does it as a joke can only succeed. (The same goes for William Fichtner as the sleazy/corrupt politician btw.) But also Mark Wahlberg was surprisingly good – and that Mark Ruffalo showed up for five minutes was surprising and really nice. And of course, James Franco.

Some scenes are comedy gold (the getaway in the boat, for example), others fall a little flat (the “strip” [though this scene is rehabilitated by the sex robots, at least a little bit]) but this probably only ensures a broader audience (since other people will laugh at the strip scene and will probably be exasperated by the corniness of the getaway).

Oh, and I loved the whole thing with the Kindle. [Dear amazon, please get rid of the ridiculous DRM policies, so that I can buy one. Kthxbai.]

Summarising, Date Night is great entertainment. Don’t expect too much and you shall be rewarded greatly.

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