Steve Carell and Tina Fey together you say? Count me in. They are the male and female gods of television comedy in my book. So I will, with great pleasure, watch anything they are associated with.
Date Night‘s plot is simple. Carell and Fey play the Fosters – a married couple from New Jersey whose marriage has lacked that little something special since the kids came along. When a couple of close friends announce their separation – the Fosters decide to spice it up a bit and go for a date night in the city. And that is where the shenanigans ensue. After stealing someone else’s dinner reservations at a trendy NYC hotspot, the Fosters are mistaken for another couple who aren’t exactly on the up-and-up. As Phil and Claire (Fey) face a number of life-or-death moments, they find themselves having exactly the adventure they needed to rekindle that flame.
I tend to enjoy comedies that are a bit more realistic than this one. I felt the same way with Get Him To The Greek earlier this summer. I laughed my head off, but at other moments I found myself biting my lip at the absurd turn a certain scene had taken. That was much the case with this film. It’s a wacky movie, and the lack of realism (in parts) make it a tad difficult to swallow with a smile on your face, but the rest of it is quite enjoyable. And there is definitely no shortage of hilarious dialog. It just feels like Carell and Fey are carrying a movie that otherwise might not have much to offer.
Special features are what you would expect – director commentary, gag reel, extended/alternate/deleted scenes (Though the number of scenes is a whopping 4. I find it hard to believe there wasn’t more – but perhaps they weren’t amusing enough to include), etc… There’s also a cute featurette on all the cast members’ worst dates that’s worth checking out.
Overall, if you enjoy Carell and Fey’s other material – you’ll get some good laughs out of this one. Definitely worth checking out and having a date night of your own with!
Review By: Emma Loggins