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Date Night
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08.19.2010 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Shawn Levy

Actors:
Steve Carell
Tina Fey
Mark Wahlberg

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
An everyday married couple whose life has become a tandem bore decide to spice up their relationship with a date night at a fancy restaurant. Unable to get a table they decide to steal someone else’s reservation creating a case of mistaken identity with disastrous results.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I’m not really a Steve Carell fan, or at least I’m not a fan of his latest attempts at comedy. I dug his character in BRUCE ALMIGHTY and 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN but when EVAN ALMIGHTY came a calling, Carell’s career took a ginormous nosedive as far as I’m concerned and he’s been tittering out of control like a stubborn dog who needs to be put down ever since. I’ll admit that he’s found a great niche in his hit show THE OFFICE (at least there he’s funny). Here...not so much.

Don’t get me wrong, DATE NIGHT does have a couple things going for it. I enjoyed the banter between Carell and Tina Fey, especially when they do their impressions of other couples in the room. These impressions weren’t mind blowing but they were good for a chuckle. The cameos really helped in the laugh category with Marky Mark Wahlberg leading the battle (and in my mind stealing the show a bit). The shirt bit was by far the funniest part of the film for me. It was cool seeing James Franco and Mila Kunis pop up briefly but one guy I can do without is Common. He plays the same stiff dumbass in every film, why and how he keeps getting roles is beyond me (also, big round of applause to William Fichtner who was hilarious).

I get what they’re trying to do with the story here but it’s a little depressing, especially in the opening few minutes of the film which puts a huge downer on things. People are already scared of marriage and view it and kids as the end of the world. Life can be a monotonous grind and yes, couples do fall into a routine sometimes but one thing they don’t want to see in movies (supposed comedies at that) are their lives being slanted negatively. Not to mention the underlining theme here (at least from Claire’s best friend who’s getting divorced) is forget marriage, leave your man and lets go dancing followed by a gang bang with three men. Monogamy is already a thing of the past, between this and all that TWILIGHT nonsense with Bella pretty teaching kids that it’s okay to be with two guys at the same time, it’s no wonder most relationships are in shambles.

DATE NIGHT is Steve Carell trying very hard to bring some of his OFFICE SPACE mojo back to the big screen but I’m just not feeling it. Leaning on a slew of cameos can’t carry a film’s one good joke to the next when there are about twenty really bad ones in between. Besides, if this were a real scenario, those cops would have shot them into Swiss cheese in the first place. Two simpletons like these two wouldn’t have lasted the night. I did get a kick out Wahlberg’s super computer though, that thing was straight out of MINORITY REPORT, too bad he wasn’t the real star here as his character had “cool comedy” written all over it.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: Director Shawn Levy gives us another phoned in commentary all by his lonesome when he should have included some of the cast for a few laughs (or an attempt at some anyway). When are these comedy directors gonna learn?

Deleted Scenes: More Marky Mark was cool and all but not even he could make these boring ass scenes worthwhile. Yawn.

ALT City: A minute and a half worth of alternate takes on a couple scenes that made both my eyes and ears want to kill themselves.

Extended Scenes: There’s ten minutes worth but the only good one is (you guessed it) the Marky Mark one.

Directing 301: Here we have director Shawn Levy rambling on for twenty minutes about directing. If I’m gonna listen to a director ramble on with tips I’d much rather it come from Cameron or Bay as at least they’re interesting.

Disaster Dates: Here we have five minutes worth of cast members re-telling accounts of their worst dates. My worst date was with a chick who believed she was a three hundred year old witch. True story.

Directing Off-Camera: Another three and a half minutes of the director’s nonsense, man is the guy annoying.

Steve and Tina Camera Tests: Yet another three minutes from this director (whose clearly in love with the sound of his own voice at this point) about camera tests and lighting.

Gag Reel: It saddens me to no end that this film is so unfunny that even the gag reel is painful to watch.

PSAS: Here we get a two minute fake commercial where Steve and Tina try to promote a holiday (date night) that doesn’t exist. Nope, this isn’t funny either.

Previews: There’s a theatrical trailer, four other previews as well as a Digital Copy of the film. You can also choose between the theatrical version and extended version...but either way the film still sucks.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Steve Carell should just stick to THE OFFICE and cameo appearances in funnier people’s films like say THE HANGOVER 2. This film should be a clear indication of such but again, I’m not a big fan of his in the first place so don’t take my word for it if you’re curious. That said, it’s only a rental, nothing more.
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