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I was over at my sister's house the other day and when looking for a film to watch we came across this one which she had recorded on Sky + a while ago. Neither of us really knew anything about this film and had not really heard of it but thought it was worth a try, mainly because I like Tina Fey and generally find her funny. Also I like Steve Carrell as Michael Scott in the American version of the office.
Date Night is a mixture of comedy and action, but does not take itself seriously as an action film at all! The starring roles of Claire and Phil Foster are played by Tina Fey and Steve Carrell, and they are a middle aged couple who live a happy life but stuck in a bit of a rut due to being a bit worn down by the routine of married life, kids and work. They try to stick to a regular date night but end up always doing the same things so one night they decide to change it up and go for a fancy dinner in New York City (they live in New Jersey) with has some hilarious and unexpected consequences as they steal the dinner reservation of the "triplehorns", causing a case of mistaken identity and them being drawn into an action packed criminal chase.
The storyline is very far fetched but this did not bother me at all as this film is not supposed to be serious, it is pure entertainment. It is very silly through and through but I loved it as I was laughing out loud many times during the film! The main characters make some hilarious comments and there are also a few cheap laughs from things like ridiculous dance moves, but there is no real gross out humour which is good for me as I can be squeamish!
I would say this film was an unexpected gem as it cracked me up despite never having heard of it before!
Date Night is something that appealed to me from the first time that I saw the premise to the film. Phil and Claire Foster (Steve Carell and Tina Fey) are a married couple whose life has become a bit monotonous. They do the same things every day, they spend their lives looking after their children and doing the same social activities. We start by seeing their world rocked a little when close friends of theirs whose lives are parallel to their own life split up. It makes them start questionning their own relationship, and Phil gets it into his head that they need to spice their life up a bit. Instead of their usual date night, they get dressed up to the nines and blag their way into a table for two at a trendy restaurant.
Unfortunately for them, the table that they blagged belongs to some criminals who are trying to extort somebody else, and so they end up with a case of mistaken identity. At first they try to persuade these people that they are really just a suburban couple, but when this doesn't work, they actually pretend to be this criminal couple, and go on the run to keep themselves alive.
While this all sounds like quite a weak plot for a film, I watched this with my husband, and we found this absolutely hilariously funny. The action on screen might not have seemed so, but from the very start of the film, there were so many things that were done in fun that were also so perceptive of a married couple that we couldn't help ourselves. While it was an absolute parody of life as a long term couple with kids, there was enough truth there to keep it feeling somewhat real, and it really did keep us entertained.
From their meticulous planning of their lovelife, to them doing the same things on the same day each week, to their debate about why they should or shouldn't have a date night in the city because they would be too tired the next day, there were so many universal truths I think a lot of couples could see themselves within these characters.
I found some of the plot line seriously ridiculous, and at other points a bit predicatable, however I really didn't get bored watching this. At points where my attention might have faded, there were then hilarious scenes like them breaking into the appartment of the real criminals, or a car chase scene through the city, or the scene set at a pole dancing club which was absolutely cringeworthy, but so funny.
You really don't need much brain power to follow the plot on this one. I feel you know what to expect from the out, and it fulfills the promise of being a comedy. While it will never win awards, it was easy to watch and I would really recommend watching it, particularly if you can make fun of your own life a little by comparing it to the plot line in places.
I felt there were also some heart warming scenes in the film where the couple really did benefit from the time that they spent talking to each other, and you could see them having a better relationship thanks to their shared experience. While I wouldn't want to go on a date night like this, I do see the appeal now of shaking up the routine by doing something a little different, such as watching this film.
I love watching a good rom-com, and now that I have some time off from college, I have been using my free time watching movies. Today, I will be reviewing one of my latest views.
Date Night is a romantic comedy movie which was released in the United Kingdom in 2010 and so it is quite recent. The movie stars Steve Carroll. The movie is a 15 which means that it must not be viewed by persons under the age of fifteen. The DVD is currently for sale from Amazon for a price of £3.99 which I think is great value for money, especially as the movie is quite recent.
Plot: Claire and Phil are a couple who live in a suburban area. Their lives have become quite boring, especially as they keep doing the same things. To try and get the spark back into their relationship, they go to a Manhattan Bistro where something unexpected happened. Whilst on the walk back from the bistro they begin to remember what made their relationship so special.
When I first saw the 'blurb' of this DVD, I didn't think that it sounded that exciting, but decided to get this DVD anyway as it had Steve Carroll in it and I had liked him in 'The 40 Year Old Virgin'.
However, it actually turns out that the movie is indeed very exciting with lots of drama. I totally didn't expect what happens in the movie to happen. So I would say that the movie isn't as predictable as a lot of movies in the same genre.
One thing which stood out the most for me about this movie was the script. There were so many funny one-liners which made me laugh out loud and had me in stitches, which was good as I love a laugh! In fact, I think that the whole movie is one big laugh - I think there are more laughing moments than non-laughing moments in this movie!
I was so sucked-in by this movie, that it was over in no time, which was a shame as it was the kind of movie which I could have kept on watching and watching. The movie runs at about 80 minutes.
I thought that the outtakes in the 'extras' bit of the DVD were very very funny!!
If you love a good rom-com, then you will like this movie!
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I'm pretty sure Steve Carell won't be the first name you think of when you see a film involving guns, car chases, crime and police corruption, but nevertheless, Date Night stars Carell alongside Tina Fey in one of his most 'different' roles to date.
He is a good comic though, so I expected this film to be a clever action movie combined with his clever wit and comedy, so I did have interesting expectations of what it would bring.
Carell starred alongside Tina Fey in what is also a 'different' role to her norm. The star of TV's 30 Rock, this was a significantly different format to what she's used to.
The film centres upon Phil and Claire Foster (Carell and Fey), who take someone else's table reservations in an upmarket restaurant in an exciting bid to escape the drone of normality. Unbeknown to them though, the table's actual occupants were alleged criminals, and when two mysterious men turn up thinking the Fosters' are the people they're after, a whole evening of abnormality ensues.
I have two opinions for this film, and quite confusingly, they are both different. On one hand, there is the simple enjoyment for a light-hearted film that shouldn't really be taken too seriously, but on the other hand, you have a film which is annoyingly too humorous for an action film, yet not funny enough to be a good comedy film. It's in an unfortunate limbo than i'm fearful ends not exactly as director Shawn Levy had wished.
I'll never forget the first time I saw a trailer for this film. I'm sure regular cinema goers will know the one I mean - with Carell's "He's holding it sideways! (the gun) Killshot! That's a killshot!" scene. Eruption of laughter filled the cinema room, but as some people initially feared, this would come to be one of the funniest scenes in the film. You know, it's annoying when they do that - make a hysterical trailer so everyone expects to love it, then find out that the trailer actually incorporates all of the film's funny parts!
And that's where it went wrong.
Had we all expected to see an action movie, we would have probably been satisfied with the outcome, but with expectations of a brilliant comedy film, fans could only be disappointed with a below-par comedy performance - and that's unfortunately how it will be remembered.
I wish this could have been better, I was really looking forward to liking it. But, I can't justify liking something that had the scope to be so much better. Even Mark Wahlberg couldn't rescue this film, despite his female-friendly topless scenes. Or the car chase with an Audi R8. Let's just say Steve McQueen has nothing to worry about...
If you find yourself watching this film, it's probably more likely to be because you want to see it for seeing it's sake, not because you actually want to. A message to Carell, stick to comedy. For Fey, you're big break will come, and for Wahlberg, we'll finish this conversation when you put a shirt on.
Claire and Phil Foster are a normal married couple with a happy family and busy working lives. They muddle through their lives but make a point of spending Friday nights as date night. They usually end up spending the night talking about the kids and work and never really have any excitement. When they both hear the news that their best friends are splitting up due to the fact their lives have become boring and predictable they both decide to make changes to their own relationship.
Date night sees Phil taking Claire to the city for a meal and a top restaurant but when they are unable to get a table they steel someone else's reservation. Unfortunately this is not a good choice as they get mistaken for other people and are soon being hunted down by dodgy cops with guns looking for a flash drive.
Claire and Phil have to try and clear their names but with a lack of police on their side and no idea what the guys want will they be able to do this?
I was really looking forward to watching this film as the trailers made it look good and I do find that Steve Carell is usually quite funny in his roles. Unfortunately I was left slightly disappointed with this film. The story was good and it was quite original on some level but when watching I kept think about the film Did You hear about the Morgan's as this had a similar story. I thought the way the actors handled themselves was quite good too and did help the story along.
Steve Carell took the role of Phil and he did a good job. He was a down to Earth Dad and husband who spent all his time working and when at home he spent his time with the children. He seemed to be in the shadow of his wife and was never trusted to help do job around the house. There were times when I felt he needed to be stronger and stand up for himself more but this was not the case and I did feel he was hiding behind his wife for the majority of the story. There was a good chemistry between him and on screen wife Claire. Claire was played by Tina Fey and I felt she did a slight better job in her role than Steve Carell. She seemed harder and more able to accept what was going on. I could sympathise with her with the way she felt at home and completely agreed with how she was so exhausted after looking after the children all day. I felt she delivered all of her lines with ease and was easy to get to know and warm to.
We did have some good support roles including actors, Mark Wahlberg, Jimmi Simpson, Common and William Fichtner. They all played quite different roles and bought some depth to the story.
The setting for the film was in the present day in Manhattan and I felt this was a good setting. We got to see a good few places around the city and central park and I loved them all. The costumes were also very fitting for the film, although no real effort was needed for them as they were just normal modern clothes. I did like the way me never stayed in one place and moved around as this gave the film depth and the travelling to the places at times was quite fun. There are some special effects in the film and I thought they were all made to a very high standard and fitted effortlessly into the film. The soundtrack was also good and quite mixed, we had some very modern and up tempo songs used throughout the film and in between this we did have some older more well known ones. I felt it was all very suitable for the places and scenes in which it was used.
The film is a comedy but for me it was lacking overall in big laughs. We did have some quite funny one liners and visual gags but they were used over and over again throughout the film and they did become boring. I felt that Steve Carell did struggle with come of the spoken jokes he was given and he did come across as quite wooden at times. I know he was giving the effect of being scared and out of his depth but for me it just did not work very well. Some of the support actors did bring the better laughs to this film. There really was a lot of potential to the laughs which we could have had in this film but sadly it was not reached.
The DVD does have the bonus features of a gag real but it is not worth buying the DVD just for this reason as there are a lot of gags shown on the closing credits and personally I did not find them very funny. There is also a digital copy of the film included on my DVD which allows you to download the film with ease and watch it on you mobile devises. I have not personally used this but my best friend has and found it straight forward to do. The DVD which we have cost me just under £5 and I felt this was a good price. I would not be willing to pay more to watch this film. The rate is a 15 and I do agree with this due to the fact there is moderate sex references and some strong language. The run time is fortunately only 97 minutes and I did find this was long enough.
I am going to recommend this film but only if you are able to get the DVD for a good bargain price or even catch it on TV for free. I am only able to give it 3 stars despite the fact it is watch able and we do have some laughs but for me it was overall lacking in big gags and I felt the full potential of the story was not reached or realised.
Phil and Claire Foster (Steve Carrell and Tina Fey) are a long married couple. Their lives revolve around work and the kids and the daily grind. However once a week to keep their marriage interesting they have Date Night, a night where they can spend some time alone together. When Phil discovers a long-time friend is splitting with his wife, he panics and decides he needs to make Date Night more interesting to keep Claire, Phil takes Claire to a swanky big city restaurant, steals another couples reservation, unfortunately the couple whose table they stole turn out to be wanted by various bad guys, meaning a case of mistaken identity ensues, ensuring this could be the most exciting date night of Phil and Claire's lives!!!
I had mixed feelings about this film, I have huge respect for both the lead actors careers, Carrell has real charisma and always makes me laugh, whilst Fey is the funniest woman I have seen on the screen in many years, however the premise of the film screams cheesy mainstream boredom.
In many ways it is, and it's an instantly forgettable film, but the two performers clearly have a lot of fun in the lead roles and the story has enough funny pieces to keep your interest, it also seems pretty short so you don't get bored.
The film starts showing the Foster's busy but humdrum lives, as Phil takes somebodies reservation in a restaurant to show his wife he can still be spontaneous and treat her, they are accosted by a couple of thugs who want a pendrive back which the missing other couple stole, what follows is a mistaken identity thriller which involves a shirtless Mark Wahlberg, James Franco and Mila Kunis cameoing as the arguing other couple and Carrell and Fey pole dancing for tips (Carrell whilst wearing a shell suit).
The film is funny, it's not hilarious but it has its moments, the unease between Carrell and Wahlberg as Carrell feels intimidated by his shirtless body is done almost entirely through the eyes and is brilliant, Carrell brings his usual mix of wonderful physicality and a sensitivity whilst Fey is as smart mouthed as always.
The film builds to the hilarious pole dancing conclusion, with the first sexy duet robot dance I've ever seen.
Carrell is excellent in his role and suits this kind of film perfectly, sometimes I'd like to see him do something more sophisticated, but this isn't unsophisticated, just safe with a few rough edges. Fey is smart, funny and gorgeous and makes the role her own.
This is a very old fashioned comedy in that it relies on the two leads to carry the film, the situation is realistic and the problems pile up quickly building to quite a conclusion, it doesn't have the belly laughs of many other comedy films, but you do have a good rapport with the leads and hope that things work out well for them both, which I think adds to a viewers need to associate with a film.
The rest of the cast have a few laughs, there is a car chase scene where a taxi drivers reactions had me laughing out loud and a few coincidences which work in the Fosters favour, but really this feels a bit like a film that was made to pull in the respective fans of the two leads, it's a 3 out of 5 film at best. The film is all about these two and like the best Hollywood comedies works on this basis, but it is an easy to pick up (and put down) film which you won't remember much longer than the amusing final credits.
We rented it through lovefilm, which i'm glad of as it's not a film i'd madly add to my collection, but it is available on Amazon for £5.19, the only extra we really wanted to see was the out-takes, which shows just how much improvisation the two leads put into the script.
A 40 something man tries to jazz up his relationship with his wife one night by promising her they'll change their usual 'date night' meal to something a bit more upmarket. Just as everything seems to be going against them, he spots an opening when a couple fail to turn up for their table in the exquisite top restaurant Claw. Seizing the opportunity, they pretend to be the couple (the Tripplehorns) and take the reservation. What follows is a perfect lesson in why you should never try to be someone else, as corrupt cops, breaking and entering, high speed car chases, a gangland boss and a dodgy D.A. all come into their lives with tense and dangerous results.
Really, the plot doesn't need to be all that impressive, as the film centres mainly around the comedy of our lead actors. That the plot is somewhat enjoyable really helps, and I found that director Shawn Levy doesn't push it into being something it isn't. The plot I've described above just pans out with a series of mishaps one after the other, leaving gaping plot holes that luckily just don't seem important. They've spent a bit of money on it, and there are a few explosions, a car chase scene and some hi tech gadgetry involved, but everything is given to us in a clever balance.
When you have experienced comedy actors such as Steve Carell and Tina Fey as your leads, you'd expect to give them a bit of leeway when it comes to the script, and you can tell that they've ad libbed some of it. Just how much is uncertain, but judging from the outtakes at the end of the film, they certainly had licence to play around with the script and put their own comedy stamp on proceedings. I think this is important in films such as this, and while you can't say it's an hour and a half of film making genius, it's certainly something that entertained me for the entire running time.
What I didn't do, though, is laugh out loud, or at least not until the very end, again with some of the outtakes. It's not that I expect to laugh at a comedy film, as quite often films such as this end up with me having a wide grin on my face at the funnier moments, maybe the occasional amused grunt. But I like to laugh, and with the comic talents of the two on screen, I'd have felt like this should have happened. Instead, it's more like they're experimenting with their own lines, almost like a bit of ego massaging, and I think the comedy kind of stays on set a lot of the time. There are a few scenes featuring Mark Wahlberg as a former client of Fey's character, and he struts around all innocent and naive without a shirt on. These are the funniest moments, as it gives the film a bit of awkwardness as Carell realises that Fey is there because of the rippling muscles and this results in some obvious ad libbing that works brilliantly. If anything, Wahlberg's straight face is the biggest achievement, as there's some pretty funny stuff here.
Brief bu decent support from Ray Liotta and William Fichtner is well done, and along with cameos from James Franco and Mila Kunis, they throw themselves into the short screen time they get. It's perfect, really, and these guys really let it rip with their characters. I like it when this happens in films, as it just doesn't happen enough. Actors are so often tied up with the various stretch of the film that they don't quite get the best of their ability out, and giving them license to do so here was the right thing.
Overall then, a decent action comedy that's well worth a watch. Don't expect to be bowled over by anything in particular, but watching Carell and Fey is great entertainment, and even if I didn't laugh out loud I still thoroughly enjoyed watching Date Night. It's the sort of film that if it was on again I'd happily put it on, and you could watch it over and over: effortless viewing. Nothing special, but recommended.
Phil and Claire Foster are an American couple with two children who start to find their married lives rather tedious when they find out that two of their best friends are getting divorced. The couple have a weekly "date night" on which they go out together leaving their kids with a teenage babysitter. Even these date nights have become tedious so Phil decides to spice things up by taking Claire to a new "hip" restaurant but when they get there they find that you have to book well in advance to get a table. They hang around the bar to have a drink until they hear a waitress continuously call out for the Tripplehorns. Claire is shocked when Phil pretends they're the Tripplehorns to get the table. Feeling very happy to have got away with this deception, things turn sinister when they're approached at the table and asked by two mean looking chaps to come along with them. Assuming they've been rumbled for their deception the couple are led out into the alleyway and horrified when the two men suddenly pull out guns!
What happens from here on is something you'd have to watch to find out for yourself....
I watched Date Night on board a long haul flight recently when browsing through the available films. I'd never heard of it before, had no idea what to expect and had never seen either of the leads in anything else to my recollection. Phil is played by Steve Carell who starred in The 40 Year Old Virgin, Anchorman and Evan Almighty (none of which I've seen). Claire is played by Tina Fey who starred in 30 Rock and has appeared in other films such as Mean Girls, The Invention of Lying and Baby Mama. I wouldn't say either actor did anything worth winning an Oscar in this movie but I found them quite easy to watch and thought they had a good on screen chemistry as husband and wife. Watching the earlier scenes in the film, it really did seem as if they were a married couple struggling to keep the romance alive in their relationship.
The story was nothing out of this world; one can see disaster coming a mile off. A bored couple craving some excitement in their somewhat stale marriage going off to a hip and happening restaurant/bar and taking someone else's table. It's written in the stars that something major is going to go wrong isn't it? The build up to the main part of the story isn't dragged out nor is it rushed through. I felt the film had good pacing throughout. It was overall an easy to watch and easy to follow film. At no time in the film did I think "they could have left that bit out" as I feel in some films where they try to insert a bit too much comedy or some long drawn out romance scenes into what is essentially an action film. I felt producer/director Shaun Levy did well with his two leads; they really bounced nicely off each other !
Fans of teen drama Gossip Girl might be tempted to watch this film when they see Leighton Meester's name in the cast credits. She literally appears on screen a couple of times for just a few minutes as a babysitter; so don't watch the film just to see her in action as she doesn't have any (action, that is)!
If you like Mark Wahlberg's body, you'll be pleased to hear that he appears shirtless in every scene he appears in. I thought this was rather amusing, especially as it winds up Steve Carell's character so much and considering Wahlbergs' character is supposedly an IT systems security expert - if he's such an expert, why is he at home all the time half dressed?
A fairly amusing scene to look out for is a car chase one in which the couple's car manages to get stuck to a taxi and they drive along with the taxi with the taxi driver freaking out the whole way through. It was quite a chaotic scene which really did make me chuckle!
If I had to state a specific genre for Date Night I'd say it was an action film mostly with a bit of comedy and touch of romance thrown in and it would appeal to a fairly wide audience. In between the action and the humour, I felt there was also a message in there to couples to not let their relationships go stale. The idea of a couple regularly going out on a date leaving the kids with a babysitter sounds like a decent plan to me - a nice way to keep some quality "us" time for couples rather than letting the world of work, kids, homework, housework, etc, take over your lives.
Overall I'm happy to give Date Night a decent 4 out of 5 stars. Considering I'd not seen the leads in anything else before and had not even heard of the film before watching it, I did rather enjoy it and wouldn't mind watching it again some time.
Release date: April 2010
Director: Shaun Levy
Producer: Shaun Levy
Writer: John Klausner
Duration: 87 minutes
Starring: Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Mark Wahlberg
Co-starring: Taraji Henson, Jimmi Simpson, Common, Leighton Meester
Availability: Amazon, Play, HMV, etc
NB: film only review
Steve Carrell is quite a funny guy. I really love his interpretation of the Ricky Gervais character in the American version of The Office. It's just unfortunate that he hasn't really found his niche on the big screen. He has certainly had a good crack at it though, starting with the pretty amusing sequel to Bruce Almighty. Carrell is usually better suited to the really strange supporting characters who pop up in films with Will Ferrell, but in films like Date Night, he just can't seem to bridge the gap between hilarious television actor, to decent film actor.
Date Night sees Carrell and on screen wife Tina Fey as a bored couple who are constrained by the rigours of daily life. Once a week they go on a 'Date Night' - a date into town where they go and go to a decent restaurant. One such evening after they've shipped their kids off to the babysitter they head off for a top Manhattan eatery. Once there they steal the reservation of a couple who haven't turned up. However, in doing so they are mistaken for the couple who are really trying to blackmail the local DA with some saucy pics.
This of course leads to 'hilarious' situations around New York where they meet up with local mob chief Ray Liotta and a whole host of crooked cops. One amusing recurring sequence involved the usual straight guy Mark Wahlberg. He is pretty funny in this and has now started to develop a niche in comedy with the recent Other Guys film.
As an idea, it's pretty good. However, the execution was pretty poor. Even by seasoned helmer Jay Roach you might have expected a little more clarity, unfortunately we are dogged down by too much plotting and not enough laughs. Carrell and Fey do their best to spruce up the script with inventive one-liners and amusing interludes. If that wasn't there then perhaps we would have been left with quite a sorry sort of film.
Date Night had the chance to be really good, but they blew it. I enjoyed the setting of New York with its various locales and backstreets. I really liked Wahlberg and I wanted to really like Steve Carrell and Tina Fey, but I just could not empathise with their situation. Meant as a comedy, there was too much self analysis to be really funny.
I think I would tentatively recommend the film, seeing as its only 84 minutes long. Don't expect Shakespeare or anything!
- Cast/Credits -
- Story -
Claire and Phil Foster feel a bit disillusioned - their married with two kids and lead busy lives, leaving little time for any romance, so they decide to go out for a meal at a trendy new restaurant but when they arrive, their told that there aren't any tables free and have to wait at the bar to be called. Clearly their never going to be called as their told that most people have to book a table a month in advance, so when they hear someones reservation being called out multiple times and nobody taking it, Phil decides that they'll take that reservation as no-one else is, so they can finally have their meal. However, this turns out to be a bad idea as their confronted by two thugs who take them outside and threaten them at gunpoint, demanding a flash drive and not believing that their honestly not the couple that booked the table.
What happens next? you'll have to watch the movie to find out.
- Thoughts & Opinions -
This is quite an entertaining movie, with some quite funny scenes - the one main action/comedy scene that comes to mind involving a car thats smashed into a cab when Claire drives the wrong way up a one way street as she tries to escape from the bad guys and she ends up driving both cars which are somehow welded together after the smash, quite a distance, much to the cab drivers horror.
I thought that the pairing of Steve Carell and Tina Fey was quite good, in that they both are quite similar in terms of the type of slapstick/visual comedy their famous for - they both play quite quirky characters and they compliment each other in a sense with their equally funny/slightly witty dialogue at times. The movie has a bit of a comic book feel to it, with some of the more visual comedy aspects - particularly with Steves character Phil, who is so daft but also quite loveable because of that, I think.
Mark Wahlberg also appears in the movie playing Grant Holbrooke, who is the token hottie, whom Claire had originally known as a customer as hers (she's a realtor aka estate agent) and who at one point when the couple feel forced to go back to him for help, appears topless at his flat door - oh how convenient for the female viewers, something nice to look at(!). I can't help but feel a little cynical about it though, in that plot wise I'm not sure that there was much of a proper story behind this character though.
The plot is hardly original yet there are one or two parts of it which are perhaps slightly different to other similar movies, it didn't feel so run of the mill that I was entirely put off, though I can't say that I felt it particularly broke new ground either I suppose.
The movie is only just under an hour and a half long which is a good length in my opinion, given the story and everything, if it went on for much longer it would soon start to feel tedious I think but with it being a fairly short movie (by todays standards), it works quite well as it provides a decent number of laughs and entertains enough to pass the time quite effectively without dragging on so long that you want to keep checking the time and wonder what your missing out on away from the TV!.
- Would I Recommend It? -
Its not exactly a perfect movie, yet I still felt that it was fairly entertaining with some amusing dialogue and some good visual comedy. Its unlikely to be either Carrel or Fey's best movie or appearance, yet the two of them are well paired and all in all, I'd say that its worth a shot, so yes I'd recommend it but I'm not sure that its a movie that you'd necessarily want to watch more than once. If its shown on TV or you can rent it and it appeals to you then its worth seeing I think but don't expect too much from it.
Thanks for reading my review - hope you found it useful, I appreciate all the rates and comments I get!. This review was originally posted on Ciao UK.
I thought this was a fun film to watch. It had plenty of humour. I wouldn't say it was laugh out loud funny but it kept me amused throughout.
The film is basically about a married couple, Phil and Claire Foster, who are clearly very happy with their life but after finding out 2 of their close friends are seperating they start to re-evaluate their own married life.
Each week they have 'date night' where they get a babysitter to look after their 2 young children and they then go out for dinner. They go to the same restaurant and order the same meal as they do each week. The following week, after finding out their friends are seperating, they try to make a bit more effort by getting dressed up and going for dinner in the city (Manhattan).
The restaurant where they want to go to has a long waiting list but they decide to give it a try anyway. When they arrive, to no surprise, there are no tables available and they end up taking someone else's reservation. Little did they know that the reservation they have taken belongs to another couple, who are wanted by one of the cities most dangerous criminals.
The rest of the film speaks for itself really. There are chase scenes, gunfire and many hilarious scenes where the Fosters are trying to resolve their predicament. They meet many amusing characters along the way as well. A great entertaining film.
Phil and Claire Foster (Steve Carell and Tina Fey) are a typical married couple living in New Jersey with their two young children. On the outside everything appears happy and rosy, but on the inside their lives have just become very routine and relations are a little tiresome. Every day they do the same thing; get up, get the kids ready for school and go to work. Phil is a tax advisor and Claire is a realtor. They return home every evening, cook the dinner, clean up and go to bed.
Once a week, to break the monotony, they have what they call a date night, where they go out for a meal and spend some quality time dedicated to themselves. The problem is that even the date night has become routine, and they just go to the same place and order the same food.
Another couple who Phil and Claire are friends with announce to them that they are splitting up because their relationship has become stale and they are going nowhere. Phil begins to wonder if it might happen to him and Claire next, as there doesn't seem to be much passion between them. On the next date night Claire decides to make an extra special effort to look beautiful. On arriving home from work Phil immediately notices Claire looking great, and they decide to do something a little different. They would go into the city and eat from a popular new restaurant.
After a few hiccups along the way, they finally arrive at the restaurant...late of course, and they can't get a table because the place is full. They are told to wait at the bar on the off-chance a table becomes available. Phil overhears a waitress calling for a couple called the Tripplehorns who have a pre-booked a table. She calls out a few times but nobody responds. Phil seizes the opportunity and informs the waitress that they are the Tripplehorns.
They get the table and spend the evening posing as the Tripplehorns. They enjoy their great food, share a few glasses of wine and have a lovely time. They are laughing, joking and really enjoying themselves, something that they havn't done in a long time.
Part-way through their meal they are interrupted by two men demanding to know the whereabouts of a flash drive. The two men believe Phil and Claire are the Tripplehorns and that they have stolen the drive from mobster boss Joe Miletto (Ray Liotta). Phil and Claire try to explain that they aren't the Tripplehorns and that it's a case of mistaken identity. The men aren't falling for it and things start to get ugly.
I have to say that the script for this film isn't great and the story is nothing special either. However, the comedy and on-screen chemistry between Carrell and Fey must be given a lot credit. It is their performances alone that carry this movie. I really enjoyed Carrell's performances in Evan Almighty and The 40 Year Old Virgin and he is equally as good in this. His pairing with Fey is a stroke of genius, they make for a really likeable couple and make a convincing pair. Their comedic performances are natural and effortless, it's just a pity that the script isn't in the same league.
There are supporting roles for Mark Wahlberg and Ray Liotta, but unfortunately they don't really get much chance to shine. Their characters aren't very well developed at all. Liotta hardly gets any screen time and Wahlberg's performance just relies on one joke; that he doesn't like to wear a shirt. Yes, it's that bad, but at least it's something for the ladies to admire!
There are action sequences in there, but generally they are quite poor and best forgotten. Some of the action is so poorly done it adds to the humour. Some of it is so crazy (such as the rammed taxi driver) that it's actually quite funny. However, if it's action you're after then avoid this one.
A plus point for me was that it wasn't too predictable. But I was a little disappointed with the ending which arrived rather abruptly.
Overall, it's a nice enough film that will make you chuckle and put a smile on your face. It's worth a watch if you need a pick-me-up.
Film: Date Night
Director: Shawn Levy
Running Time: 101mins
Having spent every Friday night of their marriage having a date night at the same restaurant at the same time, Phil and Claire Foster decide they need a change to freshen things up. Instead of staying where they know, they head into the City to try somewhere different. Arriving at a rather posh and exclusive restaurant they discover they needed a reservation but rather than try somewhere else Phil takes a reservation of a couple who don't turn up. This is where things go horribly wrong for the Foster's as it turns out the couple whose table they have taken are trying to blackmail the District Attorney and all of a sudden the Fosters find themselves in the middle of it and have to run for their lives. Can they clear up the confusion before it's too late.
I'd seen the trailers for this movie quite a few times and while it looked and sounded quite good and of course starred Steve Carell I wasn't sure though if all the funniest bits had been in the adverts. But despite this slight worry I went into the movie with an open mind and have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. It turned out to be a very good mixture of action and comedy that worked incredibly well.
With director Shawn Levy behind the camera lens it would seem that he has really got the mixture of the genres just right. The scenes all work particularly well and he even manages to mix the comical moments in very well with the more intense action sequences. The movie follows a very tight and compact script, which at just 88 minutes is just about the right length. The majority of the movie is set out right and he seems to have got the lighting, special effects and use of close ups exactly right throughout each scene.
The script is worked particularly well and didn't fall into the usual Romantic Comedy pitfalls. Instead it mixed the few moments of romance with both action scenes and the more comical moments without really overdoing it and making it too slushy. Of course this makes it the perfect couple's movie as it seems to blend the bits the boys will like from Action Movies such as car chases and gun battles and mix them well with the more stereotypical moments from your favourite Chick flicks. By introducing this good mixture of genres it makes the film appeal to both men and women alike.
Perhaps the most successful aspect of the movie though was the casting decisions. It would seem as present that Steve Carell is the leading man of choice for both action comedies and TV series. It is in roles such as this and Get Smart that really seem to highlight Carell's ability to mix comedy with action sequences that are turning him into one of Hollywood's hottest properties. He fits the role here perfectly and his onscreen relationship with his co-stars works really well. There is a certainly a romantic and comical connection between Carell and his onscreen wife played superbly by Tina Fey.
In fact I was very impressed with Fey's role in the movie and thought as leads they worked particularly well together. Like her co-star Carell I felt that Fey seemed to have a natural gift for comedy and their comical timing really seemed to work well. I'd not really been familiar with her before watching Date Night but she is certainly very funny and suited to these types of parts. The rest of the cast do a very convincing job and although there aren't any huge parts the appearances of Mark Wahlberg and Ray Liotta in a couple of scenes works very well. On the whole the casting was certainly spot on.
Overall it is a nice change from a lot of other films being released at the moment into this rather over crowded genre. It doesn't overdo on the romantic aspect of the film and this helps to keep the storyline fresh and moving at a reasonable pace. The combination of Carell and Fey was one of the real highlights of the movie and I can't help thinking that without them it would have been distinctly average. It's certainly a film I would recommend for a cosy night in on the sofa and with a slight touch of something different it is a film I'd actually watch again and still be able to enjoy.
Steve Carell and Tina Fey star in this somewhat well thought out film. It has its downfalls but overall i was pleasantly surprised. So, two very funny people starring in a film with a funny plot...It should be comedy gold, but was it?
The film centres around an ordinary married couple, The Fosters. They have two young children who are a massive handful and are at a point where they no longer do anything spontaneous. They are stuck in a routine that is slowly wearing them down.
When their best friends get divorced they are shocked at how much their problems mirrored there own. So, in an attempt to rekindle the love/passion thats been lost between them they go to a newly opened fish restaurant. The restaurant is very popular, expensive and glamorous and the Fosters cannot get a table in such a place.
In the end Phil Foster takes the reservation of a no show couple called the Triplehorns. After a somewhat pleasant starter and main course, they already feel better about themselves. However, things take a turn for the worse when too men show up, escorting them outside. At first they think it is the 'reservation police' but after they pull a gun and start asking for a flash drive they realise it is a case of mistaken identity. What thug is going to believe that though?
What follows is a night of car chases, gun holding (not much shooting) and Mark Wahlberg's chest!
*WHAT TO EXPECT*
I think this is an okay film. It is entertaining and has quite a few witty lines. To be honest, it is perhaps very predictable and this doesn't help the film in any way.
The action seens aren't great but it adds to the comedic effect in my opinion. This is seen when Tina Fey uses the famous counting to 3 method on a group of men holding guns to there faces.
Expect a light hearted, action comedy that will leave you satisfied. You want think its great but then again not a lot of films are nowadays!
Steve Carell - Phil Foster
Tina Fey - Claire Foster
Mark Wahlberg - Grant Holbrooke
Taraji P. Henson - Detective Arroyo
Jimmi Simpson - Armstrong
Common - Collins
William Fichtner - DA Frank Crenshaw
Leighton Meester - Katy
Kristen Wiig - Haley Sullivan
Mark Ruffalo - Brad Sullivan
James Franco - Taste
Mila Kunis - Whippit
The acting is very good. I think this film would have been a disaster without Tina Fey and Steve Carrell. Their comedy timing and the connection between them in this movie really helps to boost it up a bit.
Mark Wahlberg appears as a rather handsome, well muscled, doesn't like to wear shirts, rich ex private detective. Its something I have never seen him do and he pulled it off really well. Expect more performances like this.
The rest of the acting is to a good standard and there isn't a character that stands out as being the worst.
Run Time - Approximately 88 minutes
Rated 15 - sexual and crude content throughout, language, some violence and a drug reference.
IMDB rating - 6.9/10 (9761 votes)
*IS IT FOR YOU*
It is easy to watch, nothing to deep or violent. It has its moments where you find yourself laughing aloud to yourself. It is a good film, not original or spectacular in any way...just good! So, if you have the time or opportunity to watch this then i recommend you do so.
Steve Carell and Tina Fey play married couple Phil and Claire Foster. They are happily married with two children but to them it seems that their life has sort of become boring, repetitive routine. Although Phil's attempts at "alone time" by having weekly date nights at a restaurant and a movie are sweet, they simply aren't enough for the two of them. When they learn their best friends are getting a divorce, pretty much because of the same reasons, Phil decides to do something about it and takes his wife to a trendy restaurant in Manhattan, but because of its popularity they cannot get a table. When another couple the Tripplehorns don't show up, they decide to take their place.
However, when two corrupt cops - Collins (Common) and Armstrong (Jimmi Simpson), who question them about a flash drive they believe Phil and Claire stole from mobster boss Joe Miletto (Ray Liotta), they realize that pretending to the Tripplehorns was a bad idea. Now chased by the mob, they must try to prove their innocence, with help from Mark Wahlberg, by finding the flashdrive and clearing their names.
I came into Date Night not expecting a great deal. Shawn Levy, the director wasn't really known for greatly sophistiacted comedies, after all, with films like Cheaper by the Dozen, Night at the Museum and the Pink Panther under his belt, but I was pleasantly surprised by this. Maybe it was because I came in without any real expectations, but the film really had my laughing pretty hard in some areas.
The story isn't greatly original, but I love how the two lead actors play their roles. You can really tell they're just two absolutely ordinary people who have gotten mixed up in something completely beyond their power, and it's really quite funny. Steve Carell is the king of this kind of comedy, though, having played the "average guy who doesn't understand anything" in just about every role since he started acting, and this is him in top form. Tina Fey is also great and the two have this sort of perfect chemistry on-screen.
The film also looks great. I'm not an expert on filming techniques or equipment, but I definitely noticed a change in quality in this film. The outside sequences looked beautiful, even the scenes in Central Park at night - which has no light. For fear of sounding like I'm trying to sell HD TVs, the film really actually did make it seem like you were there. It's so hard for a camera to really capture the colours and the light that the human eye does, but for once it actually seemed like they're getting closer.
All in all, while cliched in some parts, Date Night remains a really funny film, and an excellent screwball comedy with some really fine acting