Date Night: Movie Review
Cast: Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Ray Liotta, William Fichtner,
Director: Shawn Levy
Steve Carell and Tina Fey team up in this comedy about mistaken identity.
They're Phil and Claire Foster - a NY husband and wife whose suburban lives
have been besieged by the mundanities of two point four children; for whom each
day is a series of routines - including their Date Night which sees them
ordering the same dishes week in, week out.
So, shocked by the news one of their favourite couples is about to divorce,
Phil decides to shake things up to prevent their marriage from being the next
On the spur of the moment, he takes Claire to a swanky Manhattan restaurant
and refusing to give in because he doesn't have a reservation, takes someone
And that's where the problems start - because it turns out the reservation
was for two people who have big problems with the law and pretty soon, the pair
are out of their depth and fighting for their lives.
You would imagine Date Night would be the dream partnership on the big
screen; both Carell and Fey are much loved in The Office and 30 Rock - and to be
honest, they work well together on the screen; they're a plausible pair of long
time marrieds who've lost their spark.
Fey is particularly funny - I have to admit to never having been 100% won
over by her charms but she really has some hoot out loud funny lines; likewise
Carell is his usual toned down self but again, thanks to some great lines, gets
the chance to shine. The pair have such great ways of delivering the lines that
gives it some sparkle; with both of them, it's down to inappropriate lines and
odd comments here and there which really make this likeable duo work well.
But unfortunately this caper doesn't quite work as a story and I don't know
exactly what went wrong with it; it's not a bad film, it's just a bit lacking
that 5% magic that needs to make it gel. Perhaps it's because in parts it feels
like a blockbuster (complete with a well shot chase scene) mixed in with some
old fashioned comedy, but the sum of its parts don't add up.
While the chemistry between Carell and Fey is great, there's just
something about the film which leaves you a little disappointed at the end of