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Date Night (2010)

Review by CJ

Director:
Shawn Levy

Starring:
Steve Carrell, Tina Fey

Other notable appearances:
Jon Bernthal, Mark Ruffalo, Kristen Wiig, Jimmi Simpson, Common, Ray Liotta, Mark Wahlberg, Gal Gadot, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Bill Burr, William Fichtner, will.i.am

Running time:
88 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
The House, Horrible Bosses, Couples Retreat, The World’s End

 

When married couple Phil (Carrell) and Claire (Fey) decide to spice things up and take their date night out of the suburbs and into the city, they could never have imagined how hot things could get.

Regular readers will know that rom-coms aren’t really my favourite genre, but I adore Tina Fey as an actress, comedian and writer, and find Steve Carrell to be very funny. So I thought I would give it a shot.

My first thought when watching Date Night was that any movie that starts off with ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’ by The Ramones can’t be too bad. Luckily, the punk rock omen held up its end of the bargain.

Date Night is a fun comedy film that incorporates clever humour, a tumultuous relationship and a well developed case of mistaken identity to form one of the best rom-coms I have seen in a very long time.

As already mentioned, I find Tina Fey and Steve Carrell both incredibly funny and their roles in Date Night are no exception. There are lots of fantastic cameos in Date Night but my personal favourites were Mark Wahlberg and Gal Gadot who added a bit of adult humour while their characters also triggered significant progression in the main characters’ development.

I found Date Night as a whole to be a hilarious romp that had a great leading pair and a strong group of supporting actors. It’s definitely worth checking out if you prefer a more adult (not that kind of adult — minds out of the gutter ploise!) but equally wacky take on the rom-com genre.

Rating:

“If we’re gonna pay this much for crab, it better sing and dance and introduce us to the Little Mermaid.”

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2 Comments on Date Night (2010)

  1. So how many rom-cons does this make it that you’ve enjoyed now? And Tango & Cash doesn’t count. Although between you, me and the thousands of readers, Tango & Cash is still one of the best Bromantic Comdies around.

    • I am a huge fan of Bromantic Comedies. As far as rom-coms go though, I think this is the fifth one I’ve reviewed here and the fourth one I’ve enjoyed. I’ve played it pretty safe though choosing ones with comedic actors I know I enjoy.

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