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PG-13 (for sexual and crude content throughout, language, some violence and a drug reference)
Directed By
Shawn Levy
Run Time
1 hour 28 minutes
Cast
Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Mark Wahlberg, Taraji P. Henson
Theatre Release
April 09, 2010 by Twentieth Century Fox

Date Night is a film that tries to be a lot of things: A comedy, an action movie, a madcap family-friendly adventure, a "perfect date night movie," and a feel-good star vehicle for two of network television's most familiar faces. Usually when a movie tries to be too many things, it fails miserably. Date Night, however, manages to succeed in most areas, thanks mostly to the charisma and chemistry of its two lead stars.

In the film, directed by Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum), Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Steve Carell (The Office) play Claire and Phil Foster, a thoroughly normal, yuppie-ish couple from New Jersey with two young kids, two solid careers, and a weekly "date night" at a local restaurant. Their by-the-book marriage isn't on the ropes, but it's not exactly brimming with passion either.

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Date Night is fun and refreshing, even if it is a little conventional. What sets it apart from the other "crazy things happen to normal people one night" comedies is the skill with which Fey and Carell manage to display all sorts of comedy while also maintaining their dignity. They are adults, and while capable of hilarious physical comedy and shifty-eyed antics (most amusingly when Fey has to have a conversation with a shirtless Mark Wahlberg), they also maintain a sense of propriety that makes them believable as normal suburban parents. There are some things they won't do, even for a laugh—even to get out of a sticky situation in the criminal underworld. In this way, Date Night bears a closer resemblance to Adventures in Babysitting than it does to the very R-rated The Hangover, though both of these movies seem to have influenced the conception of Night.

The episodes and antics of Date Night come and go quickly, and include some ...

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