Date Night (2010)
Steve Carell and Tina Fey are set to play a married couple in "Date Night." The story follows a couple who find their routine date night becomes much more than just dinner and a movie. Wahlberg plays a successful and crazily buff securities expert who flirts with Fey's character. Franco portrays a not-too-bright con man and petty criminal. Meester is onboard as the couple's babysitter. Henson plays the one good cop who believes the couple is in danger, and Common portrays a villain. Wiig rounds out the cast as the actress' best friend.
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Date Night DVD Review
The plot of Date Night is pretty simplistic and should appeal to anyone that has been married for a while. Phil and Claire Foster's lives have come very routine. They work everyday, take care of the kids, and have the typical married couple "date night" at the same place every week. However, after hearing another couple are getting divorced because of this routine, the Fosters are not ready to give up. They head to New York City to light a spark in their marriage; however, one little white lie causes a night they will never forget!
Carell and Fey hit their roles right on the head; I personally thought at the beginning of the film that I was looking at the my own marriage from a third-person perspective. They truly make you believe they are a married couple who have lost all romance in their relationship. However, once the crazy night out in New York ensues their comedic elements really come to life, and you can tell why they are two of the great comedians of all time. Hitting their timing perfectly, they show you how a couple can have fun while being in a situation that would make most people be scared out of their wits.
The supporting cast hosts some great cameos by Mark Wahlberg, William Fichtner, James Franco, Mila Kunis, and Ray Liotta, who proves they can still be funny in small bits on the screen.
The only major problem I found with the film is the excessive use of green screen, which was used primarily when the action would be too great a risk for the insurance companies, the film, and the actors. This especially showed true of the hilarious car chase featured half way through the film. It would have been the perfect scene if you were not distracted as to how fake it is.
The features on the DVD are a bit weak for today's standard. You get the standard blooper reel, a few funny Public Service Announcements, a couple of featurettes and deleted scenes.
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