By Da’Mon Guy
Date Night comically highlights the trials and tribulations of married life. It stars Steve Carill (Dinner for Schmucks) and Tina Fey (Saturday Night Live). The movie features an all star supporting casts which is the real strength of the film. Taraji P. Henson (The curious Case of Benjamin Button), Common (Just Wright), James Franco (Pineapple Express), Ray Liotta (Goodfellas), Mark Wahlberg (The Other Guys), William Fitchner (Zodiac), Mark Ruffalo (Shutter Island) and Mila Kunis (The Book of Eli) are all featured as they commit to the comedic decadence.
An everyday suburban couple, The Fosters (Carrel and Fey), try to add some spice to their lives by going to an new, popular, restaurant. The resturant is overbooked and when they can’t get a table they decide to take another couple’s reservation. A case of mistaken identity causes the couple to fall into a series of comedic events as they try to clear their names.
Date Night displays the ups and downs that most married couples face and then it pokes fun at it. The comedy of Date Night is in the truth of these situations. There are at least two or three circumstances that every couple can connect with. This is where the magic of Date Night lies. That’s why Date Night is likable. The movie will relate the best to those long tenured couples as it really touches upon all of the concerns that most of them face. Either it’s the sex, or lack of, the husband leaving the toilet seat up, the man attending his wife’s interest, or the fear that you will outgrow one another. Date Night comically address all of those concerns and more.
Steve Carrel and Tina Fey are perfect as the Fosters. They compliment one another well as they look like a suburban couple and they have excellent chemistry. The real treat of Date Night is the amount of cameos that it contains. Almost every role in the film is portrayed by an established star.
It isn’t too creative nor is it innovative but it does what it‘s supposed to. It’s a good movie for couples to connect and laugh. Phil and Claire can easily be interchanged for any couple that been in these situations. It’s not so much that its that good but the movie makes fun at those moments that every couple has. This is why Date Night is a really good movie for a date night.