Movie Reviews

Review: Date Night

Director: Shawn Levy

Steve Carell
Tina Fey
Mark Wahlberg
Taraji P. Henson
Jimmi Simpson
William Fichtner
Ray Liotta
Mila Kunis
James Franco

A case of mistaken identity leads a suburban couple on a run for their lives.

This film has a fantastic cast, as director Shawn Levy magically acquires with every one of his films (Night at the Museum, Pink Panther), and as usual with his films, it disappoints. There is just something about Levy’s films that just make them instantly forgettable. I am not mad that the films are disappointing or not as funny as they should have been, but I am also not satisfied with them, they are just…there.

The cast does everything it can with the material they are given. The film has Mark Wahlberg and Taraji P. Henson, both who have been nominated for an Academy Award, then you have Ray Liotta and Mark Ruffalo who should already have awards themselves. It has the comedic talents of Carrell, Fey, Jimmi Simpson, Mila Kunis, and so on. Yet, with all of this talent, I have to say that there are one or two laugh-out-loud moments to be had (thanks all to J.B Smoove of Curb Your Enthusiasm), but the rest are just little snickers. This may seem a little cold-hearted, but I had no real connection with any character, leaving it unable to care what happened to them. This film really should have been a comedic free-for-all.

The film is entertaining, but is forgettable as soon as you leave you seat. Fans of Carrell and Fey will thoroughly enjoy, as they do what they can to salvage the movie. Other than a great scene involving the cabbie played by Smoove, there is not much fun to be had. As with the rest of Levy’s films, this was simply a cash-in deal, and that it did. Cheap and quick to make, this film has probably already more than doubled its budget in ticket sales. So on that note, nice job Levy.

Rating: PG-13 for sexual and crude content throughout, language, some violence and a drug reference
Runtime: 90 minutes

Grade: C-

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