Date Night-mare! Movie review

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Date Night-mare!

Date Night woos 3&1/2 Red Vines for big action laughs

They are the leads from my current top sit-coms: “30 Rock” and “The Office.”  But I confess I was just as leery to see Date Night as I was anxious.  Surely somebody was going to screw up the comedy dream team of Tina Fey and Steve Carell.  Probably the screenwriter with some lame rom-com plot with stupid dialogue and overly precocious kids.  Well I am happy to say that I was so wrong, the kids were barely even in this movie!  

Thank heaven, too because the very beginning of this movie is exactly what I was afraid of but only the very beginning.  It isn’t long before the average American couple in a rut, are catapulted to a bumbling Nick and Nora on the run to solve a mystery and save their uneventful lives.

The “Fosters” are quite shaken to learn that their closest married friends (played by Kristen Wiig and Mark Ruffalo) are calling it quits.  To prove to themselves, if no one else, that their marriage is still alive and vibrant they kick up their regular ‘date night’ with an impromptu trip into the ‘city’ (NYC) and a feast at a trendy hot spot.  While there they become victims of mistaken identity.  How and why that happens is a punch line that is used throughout the movie and instead of becoming stale it only becomes funnier, each time it is used.

A great deal of the movie’s charm and hilarity solely rests with the leads.  Fey and Carell work off each like a well oiled machine---gun!  If the outtakes during the credits are any indication, much of the comedy comes from their expertise at improve.  That neither one is a stranger to physical comedy is a double whammy!  And it sure comes in handy because this movie is as much of an action comedy as it is a romantic one-maybe even more so. 

But Carell and Fey have an excellent cast to bounce laughs off of.  Mark Wahlberg as a shirt impaired private eye is an absolute riot!  And not just because he had me giggling like Fey’s ga-ga character.  James Franco and Mila Kunis continue to defy their good looks and mine comedy gold from outrageous characterizations.  I am so happy every time I see these two go for the performance and not settle for casting requirements that begin and end with their beauty. 

One of my personal favorite character actors, William Fichtner (“Invasion”, “Prison Break”) is always fun to see and his turn as a DA with a big, smarmy secret is no different.

Adult themes aside, this is an amazingly ‘safe’ comedy.  A seedy nightclub with nefarious goings on is embarrassingly PG.   Girls bare more on MTV during spring break than the strippers in this joint.  And when it comes to the slutty dance moves- well no move is dirty in the hands or should I say hips of Fey and Carell.  Blue language?  Loose lips are almost non-existent.

I think it’s safe to say that this is the most adult comedy you can expect to share with anyone on a date night out-even your mother- that won’t leave you both wishing you had made a safer choice.  So grab someone who wants a good laugh and enjoy!

A preview of this movie was provided to me by the studio but it in no way effects my unbiased review.