I have mentioned before on this blog that I have been waiting for Shawn Levy to make a film for someone his own age. I've always known he was a capable director, but he had misses like Cheaper by the Dozen and The Pink Panther. It was quite relieving to hear the F-Word in a Shawn Levy movie. The Night at the Museum franchise has been solid, but this movie is what I've been really waiting for.
I loved Date Night.
Phil and Claire Foster (Steve Carell and Tina Fey) are an average married couple. They don't have too many problems, but they're not perfect. One night, after Phil decides that their life is too predictable, he takes Claire out to Claw, a nice new restaurant to spice things up. It is there that they decide to steal someone else's reservation, since they would most likely be waiting forever. After all, this is a restaurant where the host answers the phone by saying, "This is Claw, you're welcome".
They assume the identity of the Tripplehorns, who just so happen to owe Joe Miletto, a mobster. This debt comes in the form of a flashdrive that two corrupt cops end up hustling the Fosters for, in a case of mistaken identity.
The rest is a not exactly cliché action comedy backed up by some terrific cameos, and awesome cinematography.
As you probably guessed Steve Carell and Tina Fey make this movie better than it should be. You stick two of the funniest people around into a movie as costars, and you are bound to have a funny movie. At least that usually works if your name isn't Adam McKay.
The importance of character is not forgotten in this movie, and one of the best things about it is the casting. Not one person is miscast. Even Common. The awesome cameos that pop up in almost every scene was one of my favorite things about it. Even a small appearance by JB Smoove as a cab driver late in the second act left me with good memories. Be it Mark Wahlberg, James Franco, Mila Kunis, and many others that I won't spoil, everyone was great. Franco may in fact steal the movie.
Go see Date Night. It doesn't pretend to be something it's not. You will laugh, it will excite you, and it may even tug at your heartstrings. I raise my glass to Shawn Levy, and toast him to a career filled with more movies like this.