"Date Night", the latest room-com in American theatres has a oft repeated story line mild mannered out of towners mugged by big city chaos.
However, “Date Night" movie manages to deviate from the run of the mill stuff in spite of a fairly stale storyline and an overlong car chase.
While story might be dated the script and the cast make it saleable and thus makes it watchable. But what is eminent that the star cast of Steve Carell and Tina Fay adds the zing to the movie. Phil and Claire Foster( Steve and Tina) play a suburban New Jersey couple , Steve an accountant and Tina a real estate agent whose marriage lacks the spirit specially with two hyper demanding kids.
They attempt to bring the zing back in their lives by going for weekly date nights at a dull local steakhouse.
When none of these work, Phil decides to change things by driving to nearby Manhattan for a big town night out at a trendy sea food joint. This food joint turns out to be one of the high society ones and since they reached without reservations they are made to wait. Soon they notice that a table is called for a couple, the Tripplehorns and when there is no response they pretend to the Tripplehorns.
What seems to be good idea turns out to be a bad one soon as they find out. They are soon accosted by a pair of thugs who ask for the flash drive that they had apparently stolen from a local crime boss Miletto (Ray Liotta) and while they manage to escape from the clutches of the thugs they manage to find their way to the swank condo of one of Claire old real estate clients’ condo, a high tech security expert named Holbrooke(Mark Wahlberg).
Holbroke agrees to help the Fosters track down the Tripplehorns; Meanwhile a small time drug dealer named taste (James Franco) and his stripper girlfriend Whippit (Mila Kunis) also have similar problems like that of the Fosters. Next the fosters visit Peppermint Hippo the strip club where Whippit works and Miletto keeps his money.
The movie has wonderful comic moments which make it sustainable. Credit must be given to director Shawn Levy for setting up such comic moments in the movie and gives the much needed pace and life to the movie. The movie has its moments of pleasant mischief in spite of not so great screenplay by Josh Klausner. This is a movie that makes you leave the theatres with a smile on your lips.
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