A bounty hunter learns that his next target is his ex-wife, a reporter working on a murder cover-up. Soon after their reunion, the always-at-odds duo find themselves on a run-for-their-lives adventure.
Phil and Claire Foster are a couple who have been married for several years. Their days consists of them taking care of their children and going to work and coming home and going to bed. But they find time to have a date night wherein they go out and spend some time together. When another couple they know announce that they're separating because they're in a rut, Phil feels that he and Claire could be too. So when date night comes Phil decides to do something different. So they go into the city and try to get into a new popular restaurant. But when it's full and still wanting to do this, Phil decides to take the reservation of a couple who doesn't show up. While they're having dinner two men approach them and instructs them to stand up and go with them. They think the men are with the restaurant and want to talk to them about taking someone else's reservation. But it appears the couple whose reservation they took crossed someone and the two men work for this person. The men are after ... Written by
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When Claire and Phil return in disguise to "Claw Restaurant", Phil is wearing Claire's glasses. Because of this, she needs to look extremely close to the electronic display at the hostess station to retrieve a telephone number. However, after Phil and Claire break into the competing realtor's office, Claire retrieves a telephone number a few feet away from the computer monitor, still not wearing her glasses. See more »
[after Claire points out the two corrupt cops]
Oh my God! The bald and the crazy... gay couple date. Shit... my pants we forgot our gay couple date.
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A Disappointing Film From Two of the Funniest Actors of Today
The comedy film Date Night is directed by Shawn Levy and stars Steve Carell and Tina Fey. It takes place in modern day New York City.
The film starts off with the average couple, Phil and Claire Foster (Carell and Fey), and how they live out their average lives doing their jobs and taking care of the kids. They go on hundreds of date nights eating the same things every time and things have become ordinary. But when Phil finds out his good friend is getting divorced he decides to try and spice things up with Claire and takes her to a fancy restaurant in New York City. At the restaurant there are no tables open unless they had made a reservation so they steal someone else's reservation who wasn't there. Two men approach them and bring them outside demanding for a flash drive which they don't have because they are not the people they are looking for. And that is when all the jokes miss and another hour of ridiculous pursuit.
The screenplay for this film was decent. Many of the jokes in the film missed but I think mostly that was due to the delivery of them. Every now and then something unrealistic happened such as the bad guys shooting at them from forty feet away when they could have easily just walked up to them and shot them at point blank range. There were many clever lines in the film but I thought the beginning could have been juiced up more. I mean there were many chuckle jokes throughout the film but no burst out laughing jokes. The writing was not the weakest part of the film but it could have been improved.
The direction for the film was weak and it is why I believe the film failed. It just didn't really connect me to the film. The problem may be that Levy is used to doing kids movies and has now made one for adults. Most great comedies are great because it has great comedic direction and this one just didn't have that. It is all in the reaction shots and that is where the film lacked, the only part where it did have good reaction shots was when it was Carell, Fey, and Wahlberg. Now Levy did do an alright job working with his actors, but then again this film will not be remembered in the long run.
The acting in this film was mediocre. Carell and Fey are two of the biggest comedians there are right now so going into this film I expected a lot and left disappointed. They had their moments but it was nothing like the prime of "The Office" or the prime of "30 Rock". The film just doesn't live up to their careers. The supporting cast was quite good though. The best scene of the film was with James Franco and Mila Kunis. That was probably the only time I really laughed. The scenes with Wahlberg were also good but I thought they could have been improved as well.
Overall I give this film a 5/10. I would recommend it to anyone that is a fan of the comedy genre.
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