Is it a sign that I am getting older if I say that I fully felt for the problems the characters were having in “Date Night”? Yes this is a screwball comedy, but it is based on things that I think we all feel. After years of marriage, Claire and Phil Foster, played by Steve Carell and Tina Fey, find that life has become mundane.
One of their close couple friends are getting a divorce because they feel more like “excellent roommates” then two people who are in love. Claire and Phil fear the same thing happening to them so they decide to have date night once a week. At first this doesn’t seem to help at all as they find themselves at the same restaurant, eating the same food and poking fun at the same couples over and over.
One night they decide to head out of New Jersey, in to Manhattan to eat dinner at a trendy new restaurant. When they get there they are initially denied but decide to shake things up by taking an absent couple’s reservations. They decide to be the Tripplehorns for a night. This turns out to be a bad idea when two thugs show up to kidnap the Tripplehorns and refuse to believe that it is a case of mistaken identity.
This leads to a series of hilarious setups where the leads must escape dangerous situation after dangerous situation each in rather comedic fashion. One of my favourite scenes involves a shirtless Mark Wahlberg, who is a former client of Claire’s. The Foster each react differently to this calm buff gentleman.
Through out this film a lot of the humour is based on the Foster’s banal life which they have grown accustomed to. Carrell and Fey are perfectly cast as each brings an equally dry sense of humour to the situation. I also started to really care about their situation, which is odd for a comedy like this.