An Out of Control “Date Night”

By Kayla Caldwell

I know the typical trap that high profile comedy movies usually fall victim to: all of the funny parts were shown in the previews. “Date Night” also has the added stigma of “the movie has too many big names, it must be a mess.” However, while the night featured in the movie is a total shit show, the movie itself is absolutely hilarious.

Personally, I was doubtful that any other outcome could be possible because “Date Night” is the product of a collaboration between Steve Carell and Tina Fey. How could it not be funny?

The movie starts off with a slow glimpse into the monotonous life of Phil and Claire Foster (Carell and Fey). They have two young children who run their lives, mundane jobs, and a night out consists of going to the same restaurant they have for years and ordering the same food.

At a book club gathering the couple finds out that Claire’s sister has left her husband because they had become perfect roommates instead of a couple. This jolts the Fosters into trying for a more ritzy and romantic night out on the town.

As I’m sure you have seen in the previews – the homely couple could not get into the upscale restaurant on their own, so they decide to steal another couple’s reservation. All was going well until two men interrupt their dinner and instruct them to step outside. Thinking it is the restaurant realizing their lie, the couple follows them into the alley. This is where the crazy night really begins, with funny scenes shown in the preview, like, “Sideways! That’s a kill shot!”

With a pretty stacked cast of Carell, Fey, Mark Wahlberg, Mark Ruffalo, Leighton Meester, James Franco, Mila Kunis and more, this movie is definitely worth the $10 (or $8 if you go to Schine Box Office!)

The movie is wild, as expected, with scenes portraying an Audi attaching to a taxi from a high speed chase collision, Carell calling Franco a whore, and the couple doing some out there dance movies (the sex robot?) to gain entrance to a sketchy club. This movie will definitely have you laughing.

Now, it is possible that my judgment is a little clouded by my love for Steve Carell, but I kind of want to go see it again. I left this movie quoting the funniest lines, and arguing with one of my friends about how this movie was so much better than “The Last Song.” Steve vs. Miley? C’mon people.


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