Is your life monotonous? Do you feel like you are bored of your partner. Well stop whining and go watch Date Night!
I really did not know what to make of this movie when I first saw the preview. I really like Tina Fey and Steve Carell and their comedy style. I really cannot think of an instance where these two have worked together, at least if there was one I never saw it. So I was extremely interested to see what kind of chemistry they have.
The most exciting pull of the whole movie though is definitely the cast. When I watched the preview and saw stars like Mark Wahlberg, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Jimmi Simpson, and Common, I knew this movie would have star power at the very least.
Well being that this is a slow weekend for movies this was a nice little story that I really enjoyed. It’s a somewhat unoriginal premise but then takes that and spins it with a more realistic couple and more realistic reaction to a crazy situation. The comedy was great and the improvisation stands out because it really was quite hilarious. Anyways, I am ready to get to the SPOILER TALK, how about you?
Below are some of my spoiler filled thoughts about the film. Don’t forget to add your input at the bottom in the comments section!
WARNING: If you have not seen Date Night, do NOT read any further. There will be SPOILERS below.
-The movie starts off showing the monotony of Phil and Claire Foster (Steve Carell and Tina Fey) and their normal date night routine. During their night they like to make up stories about other couples around them. The first couple they talk about has a man with the biggest chin I have ever seen. Move over Jay Leno!
-They get home and see a news story on the news about D.A. Frank Crenshaw (William Fichtner) cleaning up the streets. Don’t tell me he is going to end up being the overall villain in this story. He will probably run around hitting people with that stupid broom.
-Phil hopes for some action but then changes his mind and Claire asks if he wants to just keep it up town. Tina Fey I am not sure what keep it up town means in this instance but you can definitely keep it up town with me! Wow, wait rewind did you just say potato skins make you gassy. Nevermind Claire, I agree with Phil. Go ahead and go to sleep.
-Claire and Phil participate in a book club and are in a discussion about it. What? Phil has to read a book about a teenage girl having her first period in the desert? Holy crap that guy is the most patient guy in the world.
-Brad Sullivan (Mark Ruffalo) and Phil have a discussion about Brad and Haley Sullivan (Kristen Wiig) breaking up and Brad decides to reference the movie Sixteen Candles with the character, and I quote “Long Dick Dog.” Can I see the remake with Long Dick Dog? That would be very interesting!
-Now the most important part to pull from Claire and Haley is that Haley wants to take her top off and bang three guys. Wow go ahead and take your top off and go for it girl. Oh yeah and something about a bird.
-Claire and Phil both decide to have a more interesting date night and Claire also thinks she should possibly stuff her bra. Wait rewind stuff the bra? Tina your already big enough no need to stuff!
-They go to a new restaurant called the pretentious douche bag where the host says things like scooper dooper busy, and mink you. He answers the phone and says your welcome as if the person was lucky that they even answered the phone. Can I meet this guy so I can just punch him in the face?
-Will i am cameo, shoot me now. Thank god we are saved by the Armstrong (Jimmi Simpson) and Collins (Common) who seem to be the start of a problem for Claire and Phil’s good date night.
-Before you go night boating make sure you take your intravenous penis medicine because you don’t want to bleed all over the boat. Especially if you are going to be running from the most cliche bad guys in the world. “You are dead,” very extensive vocabulary guy!
-Oh great they are cops! Dirty cops. Well at least we get to see Claire and Phil go meet their gay couple friends. Oh wait they are using that as a metaphor for the Armstrong and Collins! They must be the worst cops ever if they can’t shoot the broad side of a barn. I mean don’t cops practice on a firing range. Oh yeah and make sure you remember to buy some Dentyne gum. I mean could that product placement be more blatant?
-There is a lot of running gags and physical comedy going on. The first running gag is everyone being outraged at the Fosters for taking the reservation. The second is Claire running into open drawers because of Phil. Not really that funny but when they ran into the glass door I did laugh a little bit.
-Holbrooke (Mark Wahlberg) is doing something I don’t care about on the noisiest computer ever and I can’t stop laughing because all I can think about was the S.N.L. skit where he talks to animals.
-Phil’s Fat Albert voice is ridiculously funny.
-Phil and Claire meet Taste and Whippit. Than someone gets punched in the neck and the phrase “Zip your Vagina Marvin Burr”. Someone should copyright that phrase cause I almost pissed myself from that. Taste really can’t keep his stuff together. How could he buy the wrong nipple clamps! How dare him!
-Now that is an awesome chase sequence. Wow the Cabbie (J.B. Smoove) is from Curb Your Enthusiasm and he is super funny in both this and that. Oh my lord he has a Kindle with the book about the girl that Phil had to read as well. The song that is playing during this sequence rocks so hard.
-Peppermint Hippo sounds like the most magical place in the world.
-Claire is right, they are definitely in danger of getting whacked off. Especially after Phil tells Holbrooke to put on a fucking shirt.
-The pole dance is more awkward than the first couple of episodes of The Office! I mean if she could just pop that coochie right like Phil told her to. Oh yeah and if Armstrong and Collins were both there the whole time why didn’t they come out earlier. It’s not like they haven’t seen them before. Weird.
-SWAT team comes after Claire counts to three and all of the bad guys are caught. Oh yeah and by the way the bloopers after the end of the movie are awesome. And there is also a great bit after the credits that extends the scene with Phil and Claire and Olivia Munn as the hostess.
Your turn! What did you think of DATE NIGHT? Did you like the cast as much as I did? How were the jokes? Is it better than the earlier comedy offerings of the year so far?