Date Night

Date Night

What she said:


Tina Fey and Steve Carell made this movie for me. Frankly, I probably would not have liked it if it wasn't them. Not that it's horribly bad. It's not, but it's also not horribly funny, which is what you would expect. Thank goodness the laughs that this movie does offer come through in a big way. As usual, Tina Fey's delivery is spot on. Carell also plays the fumbly loser dad pretty well.

Initially, you'll think this movie is fantastic. The first 20 minutes are interesting and loaded with jokes. Then things start to slow down as the action is keyed up. The movie shifts into action/thriller mode, which is sort of odd for these actors. Thank goodness for Mark Wahlberg, who sinks his teeth into this comedy. Actually, this movie is sort of perfect for him, because it offers comedy but is still sort of action. Anyway, he's strong in this film as well.

It's a shame that the comedy doesn't sustain throughout the entire flick, and that the storyline isn't entirely solid. This movie could have been a classic, but instead it's a nice little popcorn flick. A special note on the length of this movie. It comes in at less than an hour and a half. At first, you'll think you're being short-changed. But then you'll realize that any more would have worn you out.

Diagnosis: Thumbs 75 percent up.

What he said:


This movie was kind of an interesting one. The storyline was not all that great and the action felt out of place (and actually detracted from the jokes for a while). But to be honest with you, that really did not matter all that much to me.

I find both of these people to be very funny. Tina Fey and Steve Carell both have this amazing ability to play awkward and uncomfortable very well. They go about it different ways; she's more of an introvert with a snarky streak and he's the outwardly uncomfortable, dorky type who tries too hard. If you like these two, you'll probably find some enjoyment in this movie. For a movie that isn't all that great, they both have some pretty funny one-liners at times. They both also had the "normal couple" thing down pretty well, both as a couple and individually.

Mark Wahlberg was also surprisingly funny. Though that could have been because his best (and only) scenes were with Fey and Carell, but he was at least smart enough to go with it. Some of the looks between him and Carell (as the jealous husband) were hilarious.

The casting made this movie much more enjoyable than it would have been otherwise.

Rating: Thumbs up.

This movie review was completed on August 12, 2010