Picture the scene. Phil and Claire Foster (Steve Carell and Tina Fey) are waiting in line to get a table at a swanky
York restaurant. When suddenly -- 'TRIPPLEHORN' --
they hear a waitresses call out a name that doesn't seem to be answered. Tempting Phil to swipe this reservation as soon as possible, just
so he and his wife can brighten up their rather mundane existence together.
Ops! Big mistake.
Out of the blue, Phil and Claire are approached by two goons who presume they're 'The Tripplehorn's', and that they have in their possession a flash-drive with incriminating evidence on it.
Granted, the Fosters do try to explain to them that they're not they people they seek. But the goons don't listen to them. No. Not at all. Forcing Phil and Claire to run around town like a gaggle of headless chickens, attempting to save their own asses, whilst figuring out what in damnation's is really going on.
Yeah. You name it. They do it. They slap. They steal. They smash. And they get into all manner of mischief during their travels. Yet, if truth be told, things only really pan out for them both, when they eventually track down one of Clair's shirtless friends -- Holbrooke Grant (Mark Wahlberg) -- who uses his computer savvy to find the people that caused this confusion to begin with: 'Taste' and 'Whippit' Tripplehorn (James Franco and Mila Kunis).
Still. That's most probably why what next transpires all gets a bit emotional when two couples collide. As goons get up to no good - it helps when you have a boy in the hood - a lap dance ultimately leads to love - and please remember, folks, on occasion marriage can sometimes fit like a glove.
Now I have to be honest with you, folks, the only real reason that I watched 'Date Night', was because it had Steve Carell and Tina Fey in it. Well, I'm a big fan of theirs. And I've always loved watching most of the things they're in.
Shame. As I wanted this film to be a lot better than it was. Honestly I did. But for the life of me, all I can really say about this comedy is that it was a good comedy. Nothing more. Mainly because the script was too jumbled and jovial to really know what it wanted to be.
I mean, was the premise about the union of marriage? Or was it a bold and comical adventure full of mirth and mayhem? Better still, was it an amalgamation of both of these statements? Trying it's best to be a bold and jovial adventure full of mirth and mayhem about the union of marriage!
Hey! Don't get me wrong. All of the more 'personal scenes' with Tina and Steve were the best parts of this piece. And I really got a kick out of the way they fed off of each other on a comedic level. Plus I have to say that Mark Wahlberg, James Franco, and Mila Kunis, were good in it too. Even if their respective role's were either too conceptual or too fleeting by nature.
Overall 'Date Night' was a fairly good film. The good parts were good. The bad parts weren't. And I suppose it is well worth the watch if you are a fan of Steve Carell and the always adorable Tina Fey. What do you say about that obligatory blooper reel?
Ha! Nuff said.
THE RATING: B-