Have you seen Shawn Levy’s screwball comedy Date Night? It would have been better to call it Mr. & Mrs. Foster with Steve Carell and Tina Fey doing their best to thrill the viewers. The movie is more entertaining than Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler in The Bounty Hunter. Steve Carell has more juice than Gerard Butler and of course Tina Fey has more passion and soul than Jennifer Aniston.
Phil and Claire Foster are a sensible, loving couple with two kids and a house in suburban New Jersey. The Fosters have their weekly “date night” — an attempt at re-experiencing the spice of the dates of yesteryear, involving the same weekly night out at the local Teaneck Tavern. Their conversations quickly drift from barely-date talk to the same chore-chat they have at the dinner table at home. Exhausted from their jobs and kids, their dates rarely end in fore- or any other kind of play, let alone romance. After seeing two of their best friends — another married couple with kids in suburban New Jersey — split apart from living the same life they themselves lead, Phil and Claire begin to fear what may lie ahead: a state of bland indifference and eventual separation. In an attempt to take date night off auto-pilot, and hopefully inject a little spice into their lives, Phil decides a change of plans is in order: take Claire into Manhattan to the city’s hottest new restaurant. The Fosters, however, don’t have reservations. Hoping to be seated sometime before the clock strikes twelve, they steal a no-show couple’s reservations. What could it hurt? Phil and Claire are now the Tripplehorns. The real Tripplehorns, however, it turns out, are a thieving couple who are being hunted down by a pair of corrupt cops for having stolen property from some very dangerous people. Forced on the run before they’ve even finished their risotto, Phil and Claire soon realize that their play-date-for-parents has gone awry, as they embark on a wild and dangerous series of crazy adventures to save their lives — and their marriage.
Production Status: Released
Genres: Comedy and Romance
Running Time: 1 hr. 28 min.
Release Date: April 9th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual and crude content throughout, language, some violence and a drug reference.
Distributors: 20th Century Fox
Production Co.: 21 Laps Entertainment
Studios: 20th Century Fox
Box Office: $95,659,488
Filming Locations: New York, New York, USA
Produced in: United States