You know that fuzzy feeling you get inside when you’re watching a romantic movie that accurately depicts a situation you’ve been through? This is not that movie.
“Date Night” revolves around a couple trying to revamp their marriage by going on dates together. Phil (Steve Carell) and Claire Foster (Tina Fey) are your average couple with two kids and separate careers, but the
Fosters are stuck in a romantic slump. They try to revitalize their relationship and take another couple’s reservation at a very high-end restaurant. A case of mistaken identity ensues along with car chases, explosions and— in a twist— pole dancing.
At this point, you might be able to guess the end result of the Fosters’ relationship status, but I’m pretty certain you won’t be able to guess how they get there. “Date Night” has its share of plot twists which, predictable or not, give the film its most comical material.
In current television comedy, Carell and Fey are two of the biggest stars in the business, and their comedic experience is evident in the movie. When making fun of another couple, Fey improvises the line, “That’s amazing,
Jeremy, but I’m gonna go home now and fart in a shoebox.”
That may be typical bathroom humor, but Fey’s delivery is what makes this movie work. Fey and Carell blend comedy together perfectly and create a lighthearted mood with a message that many matured couples will be able to relate to.
If the jokes aren’t enough to keep the ladies interested in this film, a shirtless Mark Wahlberg makes frequent appearances to aid the Fosters in their quest to avoid being murdered. The men can look forward to plenty of guns and a pole dancing scene— though it’s quite awkward since Carell and Fey are doing the dancing.
With recent movies like “Avatar” and “Inglorious Basterds” that evoke such significant global messages, it’s nice to see movies like “Date Night.” It doesn’t try to be more than a fun-loving comedy with hilarious characters, which fans will appreciate.
Oh and about that fuzzy feeling, you’ll just have to go and see for yourself.
Reporter Travis Robinson