Think Steve Carell and Tina Fey, and you think funny. Date Night is probably funnier than it should be because of the Second City comedy troupe veterans and the supporting cast.
Date Night — the story of a suburban married couple on the date from hell — gives both of them ample opportunity to display their comic chops. They play an "average" New Jersey couple named Phil and Claire Foster, who pretend to be another couple, the Tripplehorns (James Franco and Mila Kunis), who are late for a reservation at a trendy Manhattan restaurant. The problem is the Tripplehorns are the target of two hit men/cops on the take (Jimmi Simpson and Common).
This sets in motion a lot of silly events. The mistaken-identity gimmick might not be an original idea, but Date Night, directed by Shawn Levy from a screenplay by Josh Klausner, gets its energy from the cast playing it for keeps. Most notably, having tough guys Ray Liotta (as a mob boss) and Mark Wahlberg (as a security expert) act as if they are in a Martin Scorsese film gives Date Night its comic edge.
Date Night retails for $29.98 or $39.99 on Blu-ray.
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