…OR FOR WORSE “Date Night”, reviewed
…OR FOR WORSE Date Night, reviewed
By Gregory A. Butler
Some opposites mix like oil and water (that is to say, they DON’T) while some opposites mix like Reeses.
Physical slapstick comic Steve Carrel and sophisticated intellectual comedian Tina Fey go together like chocolate and peanut butter in the marital action comedy (yes, that is an actual film genre now – hey, the “New York Times” arts section said so and who am I to disagree) “Date Night”
This light breezy comedy (which is more in tune with Carrel’s default style than Fay’s) follows boring suburban married couple Claire and Phil Foster as they come into the city for a night on the town, borrow another couple’s identity to get a table at a fancy SoHo restaurant – and spend the rest of the movie running from the gangsters, corrupt cops and dirty politicians who are gunning for the folks they impersonated.
The movie is funny as hell and had me laughing from start to finish. There are also some excellent supporting characters – including Ray Liotta doing an awesome parody of the gangster roles that defined his film career, Mila Kunis and James Franco (who steal the show from Fey and Carrel during their brief time on the screen) and William Fichtner as a supposedly incorruptible District Attorney who turns out to be a ….well, I won’t spoil the movie by telling you – but watch out for the broom (and the Sex Robots).
This is a cute funny little movie – I enjoyed it and I’m sure you will too.
On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 is unwatchably bad – 10 is incredibly awesome) I give “Date Night” an 8.78
Originally published on Monday, April 12, 2010