Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Directed by Shawn Levy
Starring Steve Carrell, Tina Fey, Taraji P. Henson, Common, Jimmi Simpson, Leighton Meester, Mark Wahlberg, Kristen wiig, Mark Ruffalo, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Ray Liotta, William Fichtner, Bill Burr, Will.I.Am

I had really conflicting expectations of Date Night because on one hand it stars Carrell and Fey whom I personally consider to be among the funniest people on the planet (especially Fey thanks to the absolutely brilliant TV show 30 Rock) and on the other hand it is directed by Levy who in turn has an amazing ability to ruin otherwise extremely promising projects like The Pink Panther and Night At The Museum and turn them into safe, non-threatning and boring pieces of dry dirt.

Carrell and Fey play the Fosters, a boring married couple struggling to keep their marriage alive in the midst of everyday life. They go on a date night at a posh NY restaurant and steal some other couple's reservation only to find that as a result they now have killers on their tails because of a case of mistaken identity.

Date Night is not a brilliant comedy. There are enough laughs to keep spirits up and Carrell and Fey are funny even if the material isn't what they'd deserve. Levy leaves a surprisingly large room for his starring couple to navigate which is most likely why Date Night isn't the disaster it might've been. Wahlberg does his usual ego boost as he plays a hot, shirtless private contractor who helps the Fosters. I know there're people who think he's a brilliant actor but personally I think he's the same in every damn movie. Wahlberg has those two expressions and by that standard is no better than Steven Seagal. "But he was nominated for an Oscar!" Yes he was but that was simply because The Departed was the one film where his limited skills happened to work in favor of the character. Don't get me wrong, he's done some great films such as Boogie Nights, Three Kings and Shooter, but the films themselves were brilliant. I think his brother, Donnie is clearly the better actor as witnessed in The Sixth Sense and Band Of Brothers.

Date Night on paikoitellen huvittava ja toimiva komedia, joka saa suurelta osin kiittää menestyksestään sen pääosia, Carrellia ja Feytä. Käsikirjoitus lässähtää välillä junnaamaan tylsiä ideoita, mutta virhe yleensä korjataan tarpeeksi pian. Suuria tähtiä vilisee sivuosissa jatkuvalla syötöllä, mutta jos Carrellin ja Feyn naamat eivät ole koskaan miellyttäneet katsojaa, ei tässä filkassa luultavasti ole mitään nautittavaa.

Date Night at IMDb

I'm a huge fan of stand-up comedy and as it happens, Date Night features one of my absolute favorite comedians Bill Burr in a small supporting role, so in honor of that, here's a little taste of his stand-up material.