The missus and I had Date Night sitting around from Netflix for a while. It’s not that we weren’t excited about watching it, but with her going back to work and us having a newborn, there just wasn’t a lot of time for movie-watching. Then came the glorious weekend! After hanging out poolside for most of the day on Sunday, we came back to the house and watched this as well as You Again? which I didn’t see enough of to review, but would call it a not-bad romantic comedy in the vein of Meet The Parents. It’s not really the kind of movie for me, but there you go.
Date Night starts Steve Carell and Tina Fey as a tired and busy husband and wife who decide to kick things up a notch and go out on a legit date in New York City one night from their home base of New Jersey. When they can’t get their way into a hot new restaurant, they wind up snaking somebody else’s reservation and wind up in trouble with some crooked cops. Since they’re being chased by cops, they can’t go to the police and wind up spending the rest of the movie figuring out how to save their asses with the help of a former PI of sorts in the form of an always shirtless Mark Wahlberg. As these things go, it’s an over the top romp that goes from bad to worse.
If you’re a fan of Carell or Fey’s humor then this flick should be right up your alley as he plays a slightly smoother and less awkward version of The Office‘s Michael Scott and she plays a less emotionally damaged version of Liz Lemon from 30 Rock. That might sound boring or repetitive, but their senses of humor really play well off of each other. The story kind of reminded me of a crazy 80s teen movie like License To Drive or Adventures In Babysitting, but starring really good comedians who know how to deliver their lines like nobody else. Add in the fact that the cast also includes James Franco, Mila Kunis, Taraji P. Henson, Common, Jimmi Simpson from Breakout Kings, Ray Liotta, William Fichtner, Leighton Meester (as a babysitter no less), Kristen Wiig, Mark Ruffalo, Bill Burr, Olivia Munn and you’ve got a recipe for success. My two favorite scenes from the movie were the car chase and the dance scene, the latter of which had me ROLLING.