Tuesday, April 27, 2010

DATE NIGHT

Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Mark Wahlberg, James Franco
Taraji P. Henson, Common, William Fichtner, Ray Liotta


"One Ordinary Couple.
One Little White Lie."


Cinema 8, Robinsons Galleria



A simple date night turns into a case of mistaken identity for Phil (Steve Carell) and Claire (Tina Fey) Foster. Soon the rest of their night out on the town turns into a thrilling yet dangerous adventure.

This entertaining family oriented film succeeds largely due to the brilliant comedic timing of its lead stars. The Tina Fey and Steve Carell tandem work well together as a couple whose marriage is mired in a boring existence. Their weekly date night is a good idea as it adds some much needed spice. They also enjoy some time off from the rudimentary tasks of parenthood. I am amazed though at how they were able to nicely adapt to a night filled with car chases, relentless pursuit from the 'bad' guys and strange encounters with shady characters. But the normal people suddenly out of their comfort zones, forced into exceptional situations and their reaction to these scenarios premise is what draws the most laughs.

The film is also sustained by a good supporting cast composed of reliable actors like Ray Liotta, William Fitchner, Taraji P. Henson and a shirtless Mark Wahlberg! Heh. Even though they played somewhat caricature versions of their characters. It was still fun to watch.

So even though the plot is filled with loopholes and is a bit too convoluted to be believable, the film was an amusing entertainment piece. It can qualify as a good date movie!

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