Tina Fey and Steve Carell star in two of the most popular sitcoms (30 Rock and The Office, respectively) on TV right now. They combine comedic forces as a boring married couple from New Jersey in the new film Date Night.
This funny flick is directed by Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum)and is written by Josh Klausner (Shrek the Third).
Phil Foster (Carell) is a tax lawyer. Claire Foster (Fey) is a real estate agent. They work all day and then take care of their two kids at night, then quickly fall asleep every evening. Phil with his masculine breath right strip on his nose and Claire with her alluring retainer in her mouth.
An exciting night out for Phil and Claire is having potato skins and salmon at a local family eating establishment.
In an attempt to add some spark to their lives, Claire gets all dolled up and Phil agrees to take her out to dinner at a trendy restaurant in New York City on a Friday evening, without a reservation.
Of course, when they arrive, there are no tables available. When their exhilarating night out in the Big Apple looks like its going to be a failure, Phil makes the hasty decision to take the Triplehorn’s reservation, after that couple no-shows.
Two not-so-happy looking men (Jimmi Simpson, The Invention of Lying and Common, Terminator Salvation), thinking Phil and Claire are the Triplehorns, come up to their table and tell them to step outside for a private conversation.
Phil and Claire think they’ve been busted for stealing the Triplehorn’s reservation and agree to go with them.
Suddenly, Phil and Claire have guns pointed at them and the two goons are demanding a flash-drive that belongs to their gangster boss, Joe Miletto (Ray Liotta).
After somehow managing to escape from Miletto’s two brutes, Phil and Claire spend the rest of the night trying to not get killed, while trying to figure out a way to get themselves out of this big mess.
Tina Fey and Steve Carell work very well together. They are totally believable as a married couple. When Phil and Claire dance erotically together in a night club so they can get near a certain someone, an equally funny William Fichtner (Blades of Glory), who they hope can help them, I laughed so hard I almost had tears coming out of my eyes.
James Franco and Mila Kunis are hilarious in their brief scene as Taste and Whipit, the Triplehorns, the low-life couple whose reservation Phil and Claire swiped that started all their problems. Franco and Kunis are so entertaining that they steal the scene from Fey and Carell. Claire even tells Phil, “You’re losing control!”
Another small, but knee-slapper of a scene involves comedian J.B. Smoove (TV’s Til Death) as a taxi driver that gets caught up in a wild car chase between Phil and Claire and Miletto’s two thugs. Smoove looks like his eyes are going to pop out of their sockets he is so scared.
Ray Liotta is a natural, of course, as a mobster boss. Remember Goodfellas?? I’m sure hunky Mark Wahlberg will catch the eye of many ladies as he appears shirtless in all of his scenes as a security expert that Claire and Phil turn to for help.
Even though Josh Klausner’s story doesn’t seem realistic at times, like how an ordinary, dull married couple can keep out-smarting the mob, city government and the cops, Shawn Levy is still able to blend good acting with funny situations to make for an enjoyable movie.
So, if you’re looking for a laugh, Date Night will not disappoint you.