Date Night movie review

Posted: August 6, 2010 in Movies, review

After reading another scathing review of the movie “Date Night,” I must rebut. First of all, unlike so many current movies, the trailer made the story look appealing to me. Critics have panned the movie as being low brow; well, I don’t consider myself a fan of “low brow” humor, but I‘ll take a flick that’s pure entertainment over one with self-important preaching through tall blue people any day. And I must not be alone in that, because the theatre we were in had a relatively good turnout, and the audience laughed in response to almost all of the attempts at humor.

I am by no means a fan of Tina Fey or Steve Carrell, but I disagree with reviewers’ claims that they have no chemistry. I think the mild awkwardness between their characters shows how much the marriage has fallen into a rut.

I really enjoyed watching as the couple gets sucked into their adventure. At one point as they’re scrambling to, well, get out of the mess, the Tina Fey character makes a bold move, and Steve Carrell’s character looks at her and gasps, “Who *are* you?” It’s very good when one can still be surprised by one’s partner. At the risk of over-thinking the story, that harrowing night embodied all of the troubles (boredom, doubts, etc.) creeping into their marriage, and it helped them see different sides to each other — and determine that they’re going to stick together.

Bottom line: no, “Date Night” isn’t Shakespeare, but it is definitely watchable. As with all movies, don’t let critics’ bad reviews – and honestly, I think critics look for bad things to say because they think it makes them sound clever – scare you off if the movie’s premise sounds like something you would enjoy.

(Originally posted on Tue May 11, 2010 12:21 pm)


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