Featuring two of the people Hollywood considers most funny or at least type casts in the roles of comedies, Date Night is something I didn’t expect to like. At all.
Date Night (2010) Film Review
Life is more than a little stale in the Foster household. Claire (Tina Fey) is one busy working mom who doesn’t get a minute to herself. When she does manage to ready herself for bed, getting sexy is the last thing on her mind. Husband Phil (Steve Carell) is in the same daily grind and when they do talk about making out, he’s more than a little disenchanted. When their kids aren’t waking them at five in the morning, the pair are busy in their boring jobs.
However after learning of the news that neighbors are planning to divorce, Phil decides he’s going to take Claire on a proper date. This because losing them and her is more than he is prepared to deal with. Little does he realize that their normal and lovely date night will become anything but.
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This is one of those film’s I was sure was going to be nothing but a string of crude jokes. While there is plenty of this, it’s actually cuter than I assumed. Though Fey and Carell aren’t favorite actors, what I’ve seen him in are actually some movies I consider perfectly rewatchable. This one too is a good time and that’s a rarity in what I find in movies today.
The script actually moves a little slower than I expect but the supporting cast is full of familiar faces. This includes Mark Whalberg, Mark Ruffalo and in an appearance long before she became the household name she is now, Gal Gadot appears. Watching these many popular stars all appear and line up makes the film more likable and entertaining.
I also appreciate that the script takes time to examine, no matter how unbelievable for their circumstances, the normalcy of the marriage. They bring in little idiosyncrasies that are cute between them, and proof that Claire and Phil are solid, and I appreciate that they come out better for all they go through. This is one of those films that’s prefect for anyone who enjoys the films Killers or Keeping Up with the Jones (which Gal Gadot also stars in). It’s a fun time that makes for a good Saturday night in.
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You can find Date Night for rent or purchase digitally on Amazon Video; or at publication, it’s streaming with Hulu.
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Content: there is some crude humor and discussion about having sex. Using vagina and penis is a running joke or several times; there is a use of the f-word along with other common profanities. Two people have to “work a pole” in order to gain an audience; they rub against one another and it’s clear their one-person audience likes it. A woman suggests that they “fool around” but keep it “above the waist.” Other conversation suggests a woman is drinking to deal with having to “please” her date later on. A couple has sex (non graphic) on a front lawn. There’s a running joke about a married person being attracted to someone who’s very fit; another joke asks if a couple wants to make it a “foursome.” The film is PG-13.