Comedy + Action = Date Night (WMN.ph)

Starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey

(This movie review about “Date Night” was published in WMN.ph, April 7, 2010)

Have you ever had a date gone bad? Well, nothing could probably compare to what happens in the action-comedy movie, Date Night.

Comedy superstars, Steve Carell and Tina Fey, play the lead roles in this film where they get to display their perfect comedic timing. It tells the story of an ordinary couple from the New Jersey suburbs, Phil and Claire Foster (Carell and Fey, respectively), who transformed from ordinary to the opposite in just one night.

Having two kids and being married for quite some time, they have established a routine of their own, including their weekly date night. Every week they have dinner at the same restaurant, and they have even developed a habit of talking about the other couples in the nearby tables (read: imagining what the other couples’ stories might be and making up a conversation about it). This was actually one of the laugh-out-loud moments in the movie.

When the Fosters found out that another suburban couple (who happens to be their best friends) was splitting up, they decided to look into their own relationship and tried to abstain from the monotony in their lives. During one of their regular date nights, Claire decided to ditch her usual boring outfit and go for a more sophisticated look. This prompted Phil to dress up as well and suggest that they go to the new, upscale restaurant in Manhattan. Unfortunately, when they got there, there were no available tables. So Phil decided to steal the reservation of a couple that didn’t show up – the Tripplehorns.

As they pretended to be the Tripplehorns while enjoying their risotto, two serious-looking guys approached them and asked if they were, in fact, the Tripplehorns. The Fosters went along with their charade and from there, their dream date turned into a nightmare.

Date Night is a great movie to watch if you want to forget all the stress in your life, even for just an hour or so. But be aware that this is a comedy film for adults, and there are a lot of innuendos that are not fit for young ears, as well as scenes that may not be appropriate for innocent eyes. Overall, it would not fail to make the audience laugh as comedy’s big names – Carell and Fey, really deliver in this film. You will surely have a moment or two where you will laugh out loud.

Notable parts to watch out for are Mark Wahlberg’s bare-chested scenes, and the creative pole dancing moves of Carell and Fey. Also, don’t forget to check out the hilarious outtakes during the credits of the film!

(Photo taken from this website.)