Date Night

11 Apr

Title: Date Night
Year: 2010
Director: Shawn Levy
Writer: Josh Klausner
Starring: Steve Carell, Tina Fey, James Franco, Taraji P. Henson, Mila Kunis, Common, Mark Wahlberg, Ray Liotta, Kristen Wiig, Leighton Meester
MPAA Rating: PG-13, sexual and crude content throughout, language, some violence and a drug reference
Runtime: 88 min
Major Awards:
IMDb Rating: 6.8
Rotten Tomatoes: 66%

Steve Carell and Tina Fey as the two leads in a comedy. That means expectations couldn’t be any higher really, these are two of the funniest people working now, and two of the most beloved stars on television, Carell in The Office and Fey in 30 Rock. And to me, while this isn’t exactly a perfect comedy it still lived up to my expectations as a really solid film with two outstanding leads who play this completely ordinary and unassuming couple that have routine lives and just want to go out and have a fun night.

That’s when it all ends up going downhill for them, they go to a super chic restaurant and they pretend to be this couple that hasn’t shown up and then hitmen arrive and think they are the couple they said they were just to get the table and comedic gold ensues. Carell and Fey are outstanding as Phil and Claire, not only are they extremely funny but they are believably funny, and being believably funny, especially in the situation they are acting, is rare, but then again it’s what you’d expect from two actors like these.

Helping them out is a truly remarkable supporting cast led by Franco and Kunis, who play the couple Carell and Fey pretended to be, the actors chosen for these roles do their parts justice, because it’s these secondary characters that help things speed along, because it really does speed, it has action and it has comedy and it has two leads that know how to blend it well because they act as though they don’t know it’s funny, that would sound like a logical rule, I know, but few comedians can really act as though they seriously don’t know that what they are doing is hilarious.

Date Night completely lived up to my expectations, it’s not a comedic masterpiece, but it’s a funny flick that’s engaging, and has two unbelievable leads at the center of it all, and two leads that being the master comedians they are know that to make a great comedy you don’t have to rely in the cheap jokes and stunts comedies nowadays seem to adore, but rather it helps to sometimes dial down on the stupidity, amp up the action and let their own talents do the talking.

Grade: B+

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