starring Steve Carell (The Office) and Tina Fey (30 Rock), offer tons
of laughs over the course of one night gone wrong, at their expense.
They play husband and wife nearly bored of their relationship and lives.
Against their usual routine for dinner, they go into an expensive
restaurant in Manhattan and take someone else's reservation. What
follows is a crazy romp leading to one awkward situation, yet funny only
in the way Carell and Fey can do, to another. I won't spoil the rest of
the plot but Date Night
offers a solid, not too raunchy, ride. There are tons of cameos that
almost scream for spinoffs. Wondering what Ray Liotta is doing these
days? He has one of the best cameos, next to Mark Walberg and some
others, in the movie and as an avid fan off Goodfellas, I nearly cheered in joy.
Even though at times, the two leads' character's decisions may not fit
what you and me would do in that given situation, their established
characters from the first half hour offer some explanation. If anything,
just bad luck and sheer panic justify their actions. In a breathe of
relief and shock, these two spouses were successor at their jobs, even
their relationship was good, just a little boring. This was so much
better and realistic as apposed to the long drawn out joke of being
stuck at a dead end job with an unbelievably sad life so many other
failed plots use. While some things that happen seem too ludicrous, you
can't help but suspend your disbelief for the sake of enjoyment.
Thankfully, the Fosters' seem like a real couple, and even in between
the chaos, they find some small time to banter, which to me makes this a
little more realistic to where you can relate to the characters
themselves. These were people you could root for. Even knowing that the
guy you are watching often says "That's what she said" I believed he
was married and Carell did a great job balancing the sensible father to
crazy funny guy who is trying his best to make his marriage great. Along
the mishaps, lies two people who misunderstand each other and have
lately been struggling, they finally fess up and make things work. In
the end, they are better off. While this is something that seems too cliché,
this works with these characters. Only because you are shown what's
wrong and over time, its believable that it would be a problem. It's almost as if they needed this night.
This movie is definitely a rent (seriously not trying to cash in on the
Spill Crew's review system). It definitely stands out as a pretty good
comedy. While no where near being a masterpiece of a comedy, I wanted to
see how bad, in a good way, things could get. I truly wanted to see
what would happen next to these characters who only took one small risk
to have some fun, only to have one hell of a night. I'm not a huge fan
of Shawn Levy, I kinda-sorta liked Night at the Museum, but mostly
everything else, except this movie kept me curious. There's lots of fun
to have here if you are with others to enjoy it with, if you're like me,
its always good to have someone else around just so if the movie is
really bad, you can just riff on it. Thankfully, it was good enough
where I didn't have to. It was plenty funny on its own. In a sea of
mediocrity, I gladly threw a life perserver to this one.
Just so you all know, I try to look at movies purely by their own merit. Some movies I take more seriously while with Date Night, I just looked at how fun it was. If I needed to discuss this movie more (and at request I would), I wouldn't mind. There's always more to say
about this and any other movie. I figured readers would want a nice,
short review, and since I try to not take movies too seriously, I
figured why not and speak 'ma mind. With a movie like this, you can't
talk too much about cinematography, which was good, too much. I'm not
saying certain genres are always higher on the scale of movie-dom but
some movies are more about one aspect than another, some are about
everything. Honestly, if there's a movie that requires some more time
and analyzing, I'll take the time to break it down, it wouldn't
obviously be a bite sized review. Thanks and enjoy. Oh, and can anyone tell me why in every comedy, the blooper reel is so much funnier?