I don’t have a lot of my own movies that I’ve ripped the digital copy on my computer however, I chose this flick to test it out a while back. So, on last Saturday morning, when I wanted something quick to accompany my breakfast, I switched this on and finished it later on the afternoon.
Director: Shawn Levy
Cast: Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Mark Wahlberg, Taraji P. Henson, Jimmi Simpson, Common, William Fichtner
A New Jersey couple Phil (Steve Carell) and Claire Foster (Tina Fey) has lost their flare in their marriage and go about their life driven by daily routine. Right from the start, we know that Claire doesn’t trust Phil with a lot of chores because he forgets certain details. Every week there is one night they schedule for date night where they go to the same restaurant, order the same food and talk about the same things. Every part of their life is scheduled. When one of their friends decide to separate and live life better instead of being friends in their own house, they start getting worried about their own relationship. On the next week of Date Night, they decide to change things up, dress up and go into New York City to a fancy restaurant and enjoy themselves and bring back the spark. At the restaurant Claw, they realize that they are too late and there are no tables available, thats when Phil decides to take the reservations of the Triplehorns, who were no show. In the middle of their meal, they get order by two men, Armstrong (Jimmi Simpson) and Collins (Common) and thats when they learned that these guys are looking for something that were stolen by the actual Triplehorns. Being mistaken in their identity, they end up running all over town, asking for help from a previous client of Claire, Holbrooke Grant (Mark Wahlberg) and realizing that this goes deeper not only into the gang, the police but also the red hot political figure DA Crenshaw (William Fichtner). Date Night turns out to not only have changed it up but to be life-threatening and all the Fosters want is to get home to their children.
I really enjoyed this flick and I always turn it on when I need a good laugh, especially since its a pretty hilarious. There are some parts, I just topple over with uncontrollable laughter. What do I like so much about the movie? Maybe its not the plot itself, but as much as the story is pretty straightforward, Steve Carell and Tina Fey together are phenomenal. They are a blend of awesome comedy. Their expressions, reactions and dialogue just carry the movie along so well. This is the first movie I’ve ever seen of Tina Fey and man, she’s won herself another fan in me.
Another factor of awesomeness if that its an action comedy full of ridiculous things that happen. Ridiculous in a super good way as in its just funny and hilarious moments one after the next. On top of that, they had a little cameo with James Franco and Mila Kunis who play the actual Triplehorns and Mark Wahlberg who plays the hot muscular (and shirtless) ex-client of Claire’s. There’s a short appearance of Mark Ruffalo and Kristin Wiig as the soon to be divorced couple and Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester as the babysitter. Its loaded with a lot of cool cast.
There is lots of shooting and guns, panic and yelling, a hot car totaled mixed with some intense, exciting and laugh out loud moments. I think that sounds like a pretty awesome formula for an action comedy, don’t you? I always mention this when I look at comedy, its very personal and that’s why even as I was checking up on the scores, there’s always a mix of people who find it funny or not. Its just a personal preference. I’m into Steve Carell’s humor and apparently Tina Fey’s as well so this works for me. Because of that, I notice but manage to overlook any other flaws that it might have.
Have you seen this? Are you fan of Steve Carell and/or Tina Fey? What movies from them would you recommend for either of them? Have you read Tina Fey’s book Bossypants?