Date Night is a hilarious movie. It is one of the best action-comedies I have scene in a while. While Date Night is nowhere near the comedic giants like The Hangover, it’s still a good laugh.
Date Night is about a stereotypical couple from New Jersey. They have kids and they both work hard. This means that they have little time for each other. Once a week they have a ‘date night’ which usually consists of going to the local multiplex or restaurant. However, one week Phil Foster (Steve Carell) decides that he should take his wife Claire (Tina Fey) out for a nice dinner in New York City. When they arrive at the restaurant all of the places are reserved and the place is packed. Then Phil decides they should take someone’s reservation. After this they are mistaken for the ‘Triplehorns’ and chased by a mobster and some crooked cops through the city.
Steve Carell gives a good performance, although it is very similar to his portrayal of Agent 86 in Get Smart. Tina Fey is also very good in this film. She has that look that means she could easily be believable as a working-mom in the suburbs, but at the same time she has a sort of sexy air about her. Both of these comedians work well together on stage and create a great sort of relationship which feels realistic yet is still comical.
Perhaps the most entertaining characters in this film are the side characters. Mark Wahlberg plays a buff security contractor, the scenes with him are funny, but the laughs come more from the jokes made about him. The funniest characters in the entire picture are Taste and Whippit (James Franco and Mila Kunis) they play a frantic-drug addicted couple. Franco’s role is similar to his character Saul in Pineapple Express, and I was glad to see him in such a funny role again.
In my opinion Date Night is director Shawn Levy’s best comedy yet, easily beating Cheaper by the Dozen and Night at the Museum. I would recommend this movie to lots of people, not everyone, but lots of people will still enjoy it. Date Night is a great movie for a date, or for a date night with your wife, or even to see with your kids.