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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Mark Wahlberg
James Franco
Steve Carell
Tina Fey
Kristen Wiig
Taraji P Henson
Ray Liotta
Mila Kunis.
Directors
Shawn Levy.
Screenwriters
Josh Klausner.
Running Time
88 minutes

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Date Night
Unfortunately, it’s not Take Me Out: The Movie


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Plot
An overworked husband and wife (Carell and Fey) decide to go out on the town to reinvigorate their relationship. One mishap involving a restaurant table, however, and they soon find themselves on the run from a New York crime boss...


Review
Date Night
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Okay, here’s a challenge: close your eyes and picture Shawn Levy… Give up? Us too. It’s a curious fact that the director of three franchise-spawning mega-hits — Cheaper By The Dozen ($190 million), The Pink Panther ($159 million) and Night At The Museum ($575 million) — remains an enigma. Levy’s films have no leitmotifs, no signature flourishes. Rather, they’re a quagmire of bland: sludgy comedies whose laugh-counts largely depend on their stars’ improv skills.

With Date Night, he’s lucked out. Steve Carell and Tina Fey are famous for their NBC shows The Office and 30 Rock, but they have an easy chemistry that works just fine on the big screen. Both of them are plain darn likable — quips like, “I’m going to go home and look at my vagina in a handmirror” somehow sound wholesome coming from Fey’s lips. And on the whole their double-act comes off as game rather than desperate, even when they’re re-styling themselves as fashionistas to infiltrate a hellishly hip Manhattan restaurant.

Then again, for every scene that works, there’s a tumbleweed rolling around the corner. The rote mistaken-identity storyline sees Fey and Carell hunted by a crimelord played by Ray Liotta. Aside from the alarming sight of Liotta’s bloated face and the fact he seems unaware he’s in a comedy, the chase stuff is snoresville. True Lies bonded its husband and wife through nuclear carnage; the best action Levy can muster up is a too-long blacktop pursuit enlivened by Leon off Curb Your Enthusiasm yelling. Speaking of True Lies, might the most embarrassing scene in Date Night, in which the two stars are forced to pole-dance for a coked-up politico, be a misjudged homage?

Mark Wahlberg pops up in an extended toyboy cameo (his pecs get the movie’s biggest laughs), Mark Ruffalo and Kristen Wiig say about four words each, and there’s dimwit bickering between James Franco and Mila Kunis as a pair of lowlife lovers. What’s missing is rhythm. Date Night could have been snappy and unpredictable. Instead, this sags and lurches like a first date with someone who just wants to talk about their job.


Verdict
Carell and Fey are good company and work hard, but this is still a formulaic tale that will look most at home on the back of an airplane seat. In other words, A Shawn Levy Film.


Reviewed by Chris Hewitt

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Posted by reminn at 11:46, 03 November 2010 | Report This Post


Some Funny Moments But Pretty Poor Movie.

I was really looking forward to seeing Date Night, half naked Mark Walhberg and plenty of laughs here I come! Only to be seriously disappointed and quite bored of it. Yes there were some funny moments but not enough to make me laugh out loud. Tina Fey and Steve Carell were okay but soon got annoying after a while. I argee with Empire about Ray Liotta but why did he have eyeliner?! Pointless cameos from James Franco, Mila Kunis and Mark Ruffalo. It's very luckily I've not given it one star but tw... More

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Posted by joanna likes films at 09:44, 19 September 2010 | Report This Post


Some Funny Moments But Pretty Poor Movie.

I was really looking forward to seeing Date Night, half naked Mark Walhberg and plenty of laughs here I come! Only to be seriously disappointed and quite bored of it. Yes there were some funny moments but not enough to make me laugh out loud. Tina Fey and Steve Carell were okay but soon got annoying after a while. I argee with Empire about Ray Liotta but why did he have eyeliner?! Pointless cameos from James Franco, Mila Kunis and Mark Ruffalo. It's very luckily I've not given it one star but tw... More

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Posted by joanna likes films at 09:44, 19 September 2010 | Report This Post


Date Night: Hahaha...

Now I have to disagree! This film was great! It didn't say it was original it said it was entertaining and it was. It had the action it had the love and it had the comedy! I loved the way Fey and Carell played off of each other, the story of course had a very typical ending but it was a fun film to watch and the outtakes at the end made the whole audience laugh, now that to me sounds like a positive comedy film, it even had a better opening weekend than Clash Of The Titans. A Great film for eve... More

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Posted by LUCASLITTLEWOOD at 13:11, 27 May 2010 | Report This Post


Date Night

I went into this with sceptical attitude thinking it was goign to be shit and i'm surprised to say it wasn't that bad. I thought the two leads were on particulary good form, playing off each other nicely. everyone else in it might as well been cameos as like Wahlberg, Fichtner, Franco and Meg Griffin ... More

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Posted by Lang at 00:36, 07 May 2010 | Report This Post


Date Night night

Took my date to see Date Night and we both enjoyed the date! The film wasn't bad either! ;-) ... More

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Posted by Bubba76 at 23:11, 06 May 2010 | Report This Post


Absolute Rubbish

Ive seen mixed reviews on date night on rotten tomatoes some people thoughtb it was good. If Im not mistaken Date Night is the same guy responsible for the Steve Martin version of Pink Panther I saw that on Tv and digged the slap stick it was quite funny. Date Night though is pants, the two star review is spot on. The Funniest part was the outakes at the end. ... More

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Posted by Bighousewill at 18:50, 06 May 2010 | Report This Post


A two-star rate night

What saves this film from one star ignomy is the comedial aspect. Not so much any intentional comedy, which only tentatively comes out in a film that doesn't quite know whether to take itself seriously, but the unintentional comedy of inappropriate dialogue. For instance, Fey is more interested in Mr Pec's 'instruments' than the fact that they are being pursued by gun-toting 'cops.' There is a couple's tiff in the middle of a car pursuit? Need I go on? The plot is clumsier than a dyspraxic's... More

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Posted by filmsunlimited at 11:39, 01 May 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Date Night

See I'm the oppiste, the Cars stuck together scene was one of my least favorite, some of the big set peices or jokes just consisted of them screaming things at the top of their lungs and just went on for too long.   I enjoyed the more subture obersvation human about their realtionship, and the goofy stuff like the stript club scene and the stuff in Wahlbergs characters apartment was really good fun.  Overall a charming little film, carried by two good comic leads. ... More

Posted by ElephantBoy at 01:19, 30 April 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Date Night

Overall I like this. It could have had more laughs they take awhile coming but when they come they are very funny. I loved the scene when the car they borrowed crashed into the taxi and the cars got stuck together, trying to get away from those corrupt cops by using a boat in Central Park with a slow moter plus the pole dancing scene was hysterical. Its certainly worth seeing but if you want to see these two at their best don`t miss The Office USA and 30 Rock. A Cinecard cinema trip or a rent w... More

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Posted by Cruisecontroller at 14:27, 26 April 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Date Night

Chances are your right, but I think you can understand that since she is an onscreen performer than she really wants to stick to the acting outside of her pet project.  By the way how have you've seen it if your not going to bother going to the pictures.  You're not breaking the law are you.  Don't do it you are killing the film industry ... More

Posted by ElephantBoy at 23:34, 25 April 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Date Night

L: ElephantBoy I think Fey didn't write it because she wanted to approach a project as just a actress, of couse she writes a lot and has much creative imput on 30 Rock, so wanted to move away from that hear. ell it didnt work out that way, if she had wrote it then it would definitly would have been more better. I've decided to wait and get the DVD not worth seeing in cinemas in my opinion. ... More

Posted by MI Cruise at 10:33, 25 April 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Date Night

I think Fey didn't write it because she wanted to approach a project as just a actress, of couse she writes a lot and has much creative imput on 30 Rock, so wanted to move away from that hear. ... More

Posted by ElephantBoy at 02:47, 25 April 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Date Night

It was alright. Not really the shit bomb I was expecting. Fey and Carrell had pretty good chemistry and there's lots more fun to be had than in most of Levy's other...shit bombs. It is, of course, predictable, far fetched, silly and clichéd but that was to be expected. Decent date movie, nothing more. ... More

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Posted by Edward Nygma at 23:11, 24 April 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Date Night

L: iheartthetalkies Saw this yesterday. I thought Tina Fey and Steve Carell had great chemistry, but were let down by a poor script. Would say the fault lies more with the screenwriter that Levy's direction. Date Night is funny in places, but does not sustain the humour in the way a comedy of this nature should. hy didnt Tina Fey write the script then Levy or no Levy the story would have been funny as hell. ... More

Posted by MI Cruise at 23:47, 23 April 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Date Night

Saw this yesterday. I thought Tina Fey and Steve Carell had great chemistry, but were let down by a poor script. Would say the fault lies more with the screenwriter that Levy's direction. Date Night is funny in places, but does not sustain the humour in the way a comedy of this nature should. ... More

Posted by iheartthetalkies at 12:51, 23 April 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Date Night

Might go and watch this on Saturday just because arent any other movies that take my fancy, waiting for May with baited breath bring on the summer blockbusters ... More

Posted by MI Cruise at 17:57, 22 April 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Date Night

This film is utter bum. I had hoped that Steve Carell and Tina Fey would be as funny as usual, but they were all-but hamstrung by a weak, over-used plot with wall-to-wall sod all original jokes or ideas. Black guy screaming *slow clap* Ray Liotta as a sleazy crimelord *slow clap* Bill Fichtner wearing a suit *slow clap* Would have rather watched Son of Mask than this horseradish. ... More

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Posted by theris108 at 21:29, 21 April 2010 | Report This Post


RE: I never walk out of films.

One bit of advice MI, avoid the Pilot of the American Office as its just a carban copy of the British one, but watch after that you will be very impressed, once it gets into its groove it's adective stuff. The cast are excellent and it does a nice job of playing hamege to the original, while doing its own thing, its actually a very sweet comedy. A classic! Back on Date Night, from what I have seen it looks pretty funny, weather they can sustain what is a fairly old idea over a feature le... More

Posted by ElephantBoy at 16:25, 20 April 2010 | Report This Post


I never walk out of films.

I mean, I have too much respect for cinema to do it, but god, Levy, die, just, die, 1 hour in and I hated myself for even getting up out of my house to see this crap. ... More

Posted by Ethanial at 20:44, 19 April 2010 | Report This Post


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L: ElephantBoy Weigh up the pros and cons PROS CONS Its got the comedy dream team of Carell an Fey Its from the director of Night at the Museum Carell and Fey! It's him who did the remake of the Pink Panther STEVE AND TINA!! ... More

Posted by MI Cruise at 13:13, 18 April 2010 | Report This Post


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Weigh up the pros and cons PROS CONS Its got the comedy dream team of Carell an Fey Its from the director of Night at the Museum Carell and Fey! It's him who did the remake of the Pink Panther STEVE AND TINA!! O... More

Posted by ElephantBoy at 01:05, 16 April 2010 | Report This Post


I'm going to have to disagree with Mr. Semlyen here. I quite liked this movie, even though, yes, it was pretty predictable, but it was absolutely hilarious. Fey and Carell make for excellent chemistry; the car chase and the strip club scenes had me rolling and William Fichtner's broom was a very strange, but funny touch. If you just let yourself go along for the ride, Date Night is very funny indeed. ... More

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Posted by angier21 at 00:20, 12 April 2010 | Report This Post


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