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Movie Review: Date Night

April 9, 2010

Date Night – A 20th Century Fox Release

Release Date: April 9th, 2010

Rated 14A for sexual content, violence, and language.

Running time: 88 minutes


Shawn Levy (dir.)

Josh Klausner (writer)


Christophe Beck (music)



Steve Carell as Phil Foster

Tina Fey as Claire Foster

Mark Wahlberg as Holbrooke Grant

Taraji P. Henson as Detective Arroyo

Common as Collins









Photo credit: Myles Aronowitz

In the midst of the date night from hell, Claire (Tina Fey) and Phil (Steve Carell) make a frantic call for help.


Our reviews below:


Date Night Review By John C.

***1/2 (out of 4)

Date Night is just what we needed.  It’s a romantic-action-comedy that’s actually romantic, exciting and very funny.  In other words, it’s a really good movie.  Yep, just what we needed, especially in the wake of the recent The Bounty Hunter and the upcoming Killers.


When Claire and Phil Foster (Steve Carell and Tina Fey) go out to dinner at a high class Manhattan restaurant, they steal someone’s reservation when unable to get one of their own.  This leads to a classic case of mistaken identity involving the mob.  The plot thickens and the fun increases as more twists are revealed.


Fey and Carell, both incredibly talented comedic actors, have genuine chemistry and are completely believable in all manner of scenes.  But it is James Franco and Mila Kunis who steal the show in the few minutes they are on screen, with some truly hilarious dialogue.


Though he hasn’t had the best track record with most critics, I’ve really liked several of director Shawn Levi’s films.  They have a fun, energetic feeling, that’s incredibly entertaining and vastly appealing.  One of the best scenes here comes from a standout action sequence, which features an Audi and a taxi attached by the front.  It’s the kind of action scene that leaves you exhilarated, while grinning ear to ear.  The funniest scene has to be a pole dance performed by Carell and Fey.


Although the scene of vomiting could have been removed, and some of the lines said during the out takes are actually funnier than the ones in the movie, these are all only minor flaws.  Thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end, Date Night is an incredibly good time at the movies.


Date Night Review by Erin V.

***1/2 (out of 4)

In Date Night, Claire and Phil Foster want to have a special evening out together, so they hire a babysitter and go on a date to one of the most busy and expensive restaurants in town.  The place is full so, foolishly, they end up taking a reservation for a couple called the Triplehorns.  Partway through their meal, they are called out to the alley by two thugs, who mistake them as the Triplehorns, and force them to come with them by gunpoint.  Now the Fosters have to figure out who the real Triplehorns are, track them down, and find a way to prove that they aren’t them.  The whole thing turns into a fun chase throughout the streets of New York, from one clue to the next.


Judging from the trailers, Date Night appears to just be another silly, slapstick comedy, that’s not very good.  I’m happy to say that this one surprised me.  Date Night is actually a silly, slapstick comedy, that’s loads of fun.  It’s got heart too, in the relationship between the Fosters’.


Keeping with it’s title, this would actually make a great date night film.  It has just the right balance of humour, action, and relationship driven storyline for both sides on the date to enjoy.  It’s fun in theatres with it’s action sequences, so I’d say find someone to go with you and see this one.


Date Night Review By Nicole

***1/2 (out of 4)

It’s nice to see a comedy that has a good message about marriage.  Steve Carell and Tina Fey are hilarious as Phil and Claire Foster, a married couple with two young children.  They want a night to themselves, so they go on a date to a fancy restaurant downtown.  Not able to get a reservation at such short notice, they claim to be the first couple on the list.  It turns that the name they have picked is connected to the mob.  The duo must work together to escape the mobsters and get back to the kids.  Date nights couldn’t get any more exciting than this!


While most romantic-comedies take a cynical look at marriage and commitment, Date Night instead shows a married couple who truly love each other.  Sure, their marriage isn’t perfect.  They argue and they have moments of temptation by younger, more attractive individuals.  But they work through their problems with each difficult moment closer together.


This movie has an all-star cast, including a cameo by  There are a lot of very funny scenes in this movie, including a car chase/taxi cab “bumper car ride,” a clothed pole dance, and an exchange of “cuss” dialogue that is like a scene out of Fantastic Mr. Fox.  Like the John Hughes films from the 1980’s and ‘90’s, Date Night has a sweetness that will appeal to both couples and single people.  Make sure you stay right through the end credits!


Date Night Review By Maureen

***1/2 (out of 4)

Date Night has everything you could want from a good date night, lots of laughs, plenty of action and excitement and enough heart to keep it real.


Claire (Tina Fey) and Phil Foster (Steve Carell) are a self-described boring couple from New Jersey.  On one of their regular weekly date nights and breaks from the kids, they decide to go out of their way and visit an exclusive restaurant in Manhattan.  At the restaurant they commit the awful crime of stealing someone else’s reservation and the night goes downhill from there.


This is one funny movie.  Tina Fey and Steve Carell are brilliantly funny together.  Their comedic timing and deadpan delivery of incredibly funny lines is perfect.  They endure some ridiculous situations, espionage and amazing car chases as they run from the bad guys who have mistaken them for the people whose reservation they stole.  With the help of Claire’s former client, Holbrooke Grant, played by a very shirtless Mark Wahlberg, Claire and Phil set out to take on the bad guys so they can get back home to their kids and ordinary married life.  Their adventure takes them to the strip club owned by the head mobster.  It’s in the strip club that the funniest scenes in the movie take place.  You haven’t seen a pole dance until you’ve seen this one.


Date Night has enough balance of romantic-comedy and action to be a perfect choice for bickering couples who can’t agree on what kind of movie to see for their date night.  This one’s a lot of fun.  Make sure to stay right through the closing credits for some even funnier stuff.


Date Night Review By Tony

*** (out of 4)

Phil (Steve Carell) and Claire (Tina Fey) Foster are a busy suburban couple with a couple of kids who like to break their routine with occasional date nights.  On a whim they visit a trendy Manhattan restaurant without a reservation and when the paged Tripplehorn couple doesn’t respond they claim their table. Suddenly two threatening men escort them out into an alley and at gunpoint demand a flash drive the Tripplehorns are supposed to have. What started out as a domestic comedy suddenly becomes a comedic thriller involving the mobster Joe Miletto (Ray  Liotta, uncredited) and high-level corruption.  After an initial escape from their assailants, Claire seeks help from a former client Holbrooke (Mark Wahlberg), an ex-spook high-tech private security consultant who locates the real Tripplehorns.  They are actually a marginal couple calling themselves Taste (James Franco) and Whippit (Mila Kunis) who in a hilarious scene reflect some of the same domestic issues that the Fosters share before giving up the flashdrive and escaping.  Some great chase scenes follow, involving numerous cop cars, Holbrooke’s borrowed R8 sports car and an unfortunate cabbie.  The final showdown in Miletto’s exclusive club is preceded by a pole dance from the Fosters that is easily the funniest thing in the movie.


Well-paced with a witty script and fine cast this is another good action comedy from director Shawn Levy.


Consensus: Date Night is just that – a great date movie.  Steve Carell and Tina Fey are hilarious together, and the action scenes throughout are fast-paced and exciting.  An incredibly entertaining time at the movies. ***1/2 (Out of 4)

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