Monday, April 12, 2010
Date Night (2010)
Tina Fey and Steve Carrell really make this movie better than it has any right to be. Actually the whole cast does, but they do the majority of heavy lifting, being the two stars. But Ray Liotta, William Fichtner, James Franco, Mila Kunis, and Mark Wahlberg are all also good, and they help elevate a script which isn't great. The end credits goof reel shows that I think a lot of the best stuff from Carrell and Fey was ad-libbed. I guess I should be upfront and say that I generally like Tina Fey and Steve Carrell a lot, and they work well as a married couple going through some growing pains, but, in a weird way I like that they resolve it in such a "nice" manner. I know, weird, but if you see the movie you'll know what I mean. There probably isn't though a lot of reason not to just wait until its out on video. Its a fun little romp, and I had a good time, but its not like it sticks with you or anything. I do enjoy these sorts of After Hours/Adventures In Babysitting plots where the suburban outsiders have to deal with a crazy night in the urban jungle or whatever-its an old chesnut but it can work. And it does here, mostly because Carrell and Fey are the couple. They can just make it work, AND they made me laugh. So its not a complete stunner, but its a good time filler if you feel like it. Especially if you happen to be a fan of one or both of Steve Carrell or Tina Fey.