Girls can drag their guys to the newest box office comedy Date Night without being worried about their significant other being bored out of his mind.
Steve Carell (The Office) and Tina Fey (30 Rock) play Phil and Claire Foster, a New Jersey couple who find themselves bored with their suburban life.
An accountant and a real estate agent by day, the two are barely able to stay awake on their weekly date night at the usual spot. In an attempt to spice things up, they head for a more exciting night out in the city.
One stolen reservation later, the two find themselves in for much more than the fancy seafood dinner they bargained for.
Mistaken for another couple, the Triplehorns, by a pair of thugs, they must maneuver their way out of several near-death encounters. This involves the obvious guns, fast cars and, of course, pole dancing.
The two quickly prove themselves as bad plan makers, but as fate and possibly just pure luck would allow, the two manage to elude the bad guys.
While the plot is funny, it is somewhat predictable. Despite the fact that the couple makes a great comedic duo, viewers can easily see where some scenes are heading.
In one scene Fey drools over sweaty, shirtless, former client Holbrooke (Mark Wahlberg, The Lovely Bones) and it doesn’t take much to imagine what is going through Carell’s mind.
Fey does a great job of balancing Carell’s over-the top nature with her sweet but quirky disposition. Together they banter back and forth, bringing lots of laughs, yet they also have some more serious moments.
By the end of the movie, the two are both believable and charming as heroes even with their many flaws and mishaps.
The supporting cast also helps make the film with appearances from Mark Ruffalo, James Franco, Leighton Meester and Mila Kunis.
Franco and Kunis are particularly hilarious as the real “Triplehorns” with their crazy personalities. The two pull off a wacky, slightly redneck couple well.
While the PG-13 movie as a whole is laugh-worthy comedy, it doesn’t meet classic standards. However, Carell and Fey fans will not leave the theatre disappointed.
The movie deserves three out of five stars for its comical misadventures.