Movie Review – Date Night
In New York City, a case of mistaken identity turns a bored married couple’s attempt at a glamorous and romantic evening into something more thrilling and dangerous.
What Worked: Based on the trailer, I had low expectations. Based on the two leads, I had high expectations. So this could have gone two ways, either a great script with an awesome cast or just an okay script with an awesome cast. Date Night is the latter. In lesser hands, this would be some throw away forgettable comedy, but Fey and Carell bring something that the screenplay was lacking in. They make you believe they’re married and have this long history together. More jokes work than not and becomes really fun to watch overtime. So I do suggest you see it with an audience but also watching it at home as rental would be just fine.
What Didn’t Work: This is an “all star cast”. So every time you turn your head, its another cameo by an A list actor. It became a, “Oh its that guy”, “Oh crap its her from that show” kind of movie. It seemed like the crew said, “Okay we have an alright script, so lets throw in a bunch of actors that a lot of people know and the audience will buy a ticket”. Also a lot of the scenes seemed straight out of a sitcom. I kept waiting for the laugh track to play. And its predictability is no surprise.
Review written by: Michael Brawley. View more of Mike’s thoughts on film on his blog.