Monday, August 16, 2010

DVD Review: 'Date Night'


By Pam Houghton


Title: Date Night
Genre: Comedy
Run Time: 88 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Shawn Levy
Writer: Josh Klausner
Cast: Steve Carell, Tiny Fey, Taraji P. Henson, Common, Mark Wahlberg
Recommended? Yes.


Suffering through a very bad summer cold, I needed a pick-me-up this past week-end to offset my horizontal position on the couch; a position I assumed with a box of Kleenex, a nasal inhaler and a bag of cough drops.

In spite of my frail sinuses, I drove to Blockbuster to rent Date Night, a comedy starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey, whom I both admire for being funny and smart. I knew it wasn't academy-award winning material, but I needed a few laughs. Which thankfully, the DVD provided.

Carell and Fey play Phil and Claire Foster, a married couple with two children, concerned that their relationship has become mundane and boring. In an effort to combat their usual night out at a local restaurant where they rely on potato skins and salmon for date-night fare, they instead plan a night out in the city. New York City, to be exact, where the rest of the movie plays out like an action movie with two extremely normal characters leading the way.

They take a chance and try to eat at a posh and trendy restaurant without a reservation. After finding out most are made a month in advance, Phil and Claire hang around anyway and end up taking the reservation of a no-show couple.

At the end of a delightful meal, Phil and Claire are mistaken for the Tripplehorns, the couple who failed to show up for their dinner reservation, by a couple of bad guys. As they spend the rest of the movie trying to escape the bad guys' intentions, and reaffirm their identities as the boring Fosters from New Jersey, they find themselves in situations that are anything but mundane and boring. Not exactly what they had in mind for a special evening out alone!

I may have been an easy audience for this movie, but I laughed so hard at some scenes I had tears streaming down my face. Of course, that could have been the cold leaking out of my eyes, but none-the-less, I giggled. Or rather, with my respiratory challenged lungs, cackled. A lot.

This isn't a perfect movie - it dragged a bit in spots and the good guys/bad guys plot may have been too intricate for my cold-addled brain to follow. But with Carell and Fey in the lead roles and a fun, smart and surprising cast providing support, you can't go wrong with Date Night. Especially if you need a diversion from a ginormous box of tissues.

1 comments:

Alyssa Ast said...

This sounds like a great movie! I will have to look for it.

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