Date Night (2010)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

USA, 2010.  Twentieth Century Fox, 21 Laps Entertainment, Dune Entertainment.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Shawn Levy.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

 and Steve Carell play a comfortably married New Jersey couple whose life has become completely overrun with work and parenthood, their exciting nights out involving a local eatery and getting home in time for the babysitter. One night, deciding that his overtired self and overworked wife need a real evening on the town, Carrell takes Fey to a fancy restaurant in Manhattan where they find they can’t get a table to save their lives. When the opportunity pops up to take someone else’s reservation, they throw caution to the wind and snatch it up, except that they accidentally walk into a North By Northwest situation: the reservation was for a couple being hunted down by the mob, and now our hapless suburbanites have been mistaken for them. The desire to spice up their marriage is fulfilled in tall order when these two suddenly find themselves scramming all over town to stay one step ahead of their pursuers while also tracking down a USB drive that contains the information that the bad guys are after. It’s sometimes fun, buoyed by the presence of its stars and a funny cameo by Mark Wahlberg, but the whole thing is completely derivative and uninspired. It’s the kind of movie that people complain is unoriginal and yet keep going to see over and over again for decades, while letting the good stuff like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang go unnoticed.

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