“Date Night”
a review by Darby O’Gill

A date night, for those of you that don’t know, is a very important thing to married couples. It’s the one and only chance they get to enjoy some alone time; they might go to dinner or a movie. It’s also very important to not waste that precious time on something stupid. I’m pretty sure you can see where this is going. If you think going to see Date Night on your next date night will be a good use of you time, you’re going to be greatly disappointed. I know. How can that be? Steve Carell and Tina Fey… That sounds like comedy gold. Sadly, you couldn’t be more wrong. This thing is a total train wreck from start to finish.

In Date Night, Steve Carell and Tina Fey play a married couple that would desperately like to get that old spark back into their relationship. With their lives quickly becoming that of an irrelevant joke, the Fosters decide to break the norm, and venture into the Big Apple for an extravagant night on the town. But, when they steal a reservation at a ritzy restaurant, they find themselves in the middle of the most unbelievable of action films. No, really. I think even a four year old would walk out of this movie. With the Fosters now being mistaken for the Tripplehorns, they find themselves on the run from killers, and out of their suburban element. Of course they turn to the police for help, but wouldn’t you know it, they’re dirty cops. It gets even worse when we meet Mark Wahlberg’s character Holbrooke, a naked version of James Bond’s Q… Why? I have no fucking idea! This movie will seriously drive you to drink, which might improve your enjoyment of it, but I highly doubt it .

I really wish I could tell you why this movie doesn’t work. You’ve got two unbelievably talented and funny comedians that everyone would love to see together in a movie, and yet they still manage to screw-up a sure thing. I just don’t get it. I would also like to think that Fey and Carell are smart enough to realize that this movie was a bad idea from the start, but yet here we are, and for some bizarre reason people will like it. If they really wanted to work together, as they should, I would much rather them take their time and make sure that the script was airtight before wasting their time making a piece of crap like this. Date Night really has nothing to offer. Sure, there are a few funny moments, but to be honest, the humor is sophomoric at best. Seriously, if you consider yourself a fan of Tina Fey or Steve Carell, do yourself a favor, and stay that way by not seeing this movie.

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