These Two! Enough Said!
Movie: Date Night
Main Actors: Steve Carell, Tina Fey and Mark Wahlberg’s muscles.
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Passionate Expressions: A few.
Useless Vulgar Language: There are a few very strong ones in this movie. It is an extremely lighthearted comedy so the language cannot be totally tied to the plot.
Sex in Reality: Yes, it is portrayed in a good light, although it is mostly talked about between Carell and Fey. I especially love the part where they are rolling around on the front lawn during the credit scene.
Imaginary Sex: Yes, this happens as well, although most of it occurring in a strip club. It is meant to be funny but there was enough of it going on that did not fit the tone of the movie to that point. The movie seemed to mock that kind of imaginary sex that is always beautiful but just out of reach, they just showed more than you would have expected them to at the end.
Real Violence: Carell displays some of this manliness, but again this movie is a comedy.
Action Violence: Most of the violence in this movie is in this category. There is not a lot of violence; some gun shots and car chases but that is about it.
Pointless Violence: Didn’t see any.
Overall Rating: A
Visual Effects: B
Food to Watch With: Whatever finger food you and your significant other like to share and wine.
Plot Synopsis: Married couple is mistakenly taken for another couple by a New York crime lord.
Review: Fey and Carell once again prove they are the top of the comedy list. I think there are some great comedians out there in Ferrell, Stiller and others but that group tends to resort to extremely crude jokes for laughs. Not the duo in this movie. Carell proved in The Office that not only can he create the funniest character on TV, but he can make you fall in love with a bone headed and sometimes “five year old acting” boss and Fey has shown us in 30 Rock that she has one of the most random and quirky minds out there. The two of them combine to bring us a comedy about a married couple that doesn’t treat marriage like the insignificant, immature, vampire loving teenage hormone freak fest that Hollywood has recently portrayed it as. This movie shows marriage (specifically marriage with kids) as something that require work, sacrifice and understanding; on top of that, they made it hilarious. Every time I watch this movie my sides ache from laughing so hard. From Fey drooling while taking out her retainer to Carrel begging Wahlberg to put a shirt on, this movie is one funny joke after another. If you are married and you haven’t seen this movie then go out and rent it. It’s awesome.
Life Lessons: You don’t need shoulder muscles that are two feet tall to be the hero.
Summary: One of the best romantic comedies of all time.
Would I Watch This Again: My wife and I watch it all the time.