Steve Carell and Tina Fey exhibit an excellent chemistry in this comedy about a couple looking to reignite the spark in their marriage. Phil Foster (Carell) and his wife Claire (Fey) plan a date night to try to add a little magic into a boring, monotonous marriage. When they try to get a table at a fancy restaurant in Manhattan, they are unable to get seated. Phil decides to take a reservation for a no-show, a couple named the Tripplehorns.
Date Night Movie Review – Confrontation
As they’re eating they are approached by a couple of men who question them about a flash drive they are believed to have stolen from a mob boss name Joe Miletto (Ray Liota). After trying to explain how they’re not the Tripplehorns, they are threatened at gunpoint, so Phil tells the men it’s in a boat house in Central Park.
The movie continues with the Fosters figuring out that the Tripplehorns are actually Taste and Whippit Felton, a married couple played by James Franco and Mila Kunis. The exchanges between Carell and Franco in this scene are fantastic. The awkward insults delivered in a cumbersome style make for spit-take laughter. After realizing they may be in harm’s way, the Feltons give the Fosters the flash drive and take off.
Date Night Movie Review – The plot thickens…
After discovering incriminating photos on the drive of a public figure and prostitutes, the Fosters find themselves in the middle of a mob cover up and crooked cops.
The plot of this movie isn’t fantastic, but the way these characters gel together in their comedic performances allows the story moves along very well. As the title describes, this is a great date night movie that’s full of laughs, and has a tender ending.
Date Night Movie Review Final Rating: 8/10