I know it’s cool to hate on whatever is popular, but I’ve never been cool a day in my life, so I’ll just say it: I love Tina Fey and Steve Carell. I think they’re funny without being juvenile, clever without being inaccessible, and attractive without being scary. And since “The Office” and “30 Rock” continue to be two of my favorite TV shows, I’m thrilled to see these two teaming up in a movie.
In “Date Night,” Fey and Carell are the Fosters, a married couple living in NYC and caught in a typical marriage rut. Then when they pretend to be another couple to get their reservation as a fancy restaurant, their marriage gets an unexpected jolt of life. Turns out that the couple whose reservation they stole are wanted by some shady characters who refuse to believe that the Fosters are who they say they are. After narrowly escaping an alleyway attack, the Fosters are on the run, trying to find safety, clear their name, and find out why exactly this other couple is in so much trouble.
Fey and Carell seem to play off of each other well in the trailer, and the supporting cast also looks great, with James Franco and Mila Kunis as the mysterious reservation-ditching couple and Mark Wahlberg without a shirt. I don’t deny that Fey and Carell’s movie careers so far have been hit-or-miss — “Baby Mama” and “Get Smart” were lackluster, but “Mean Girls” and “The 40-Year Old Virgin” were excellent — but it will be fun to see them taking on an action comedy which will give them more to do than sit around trading witty banter (not that that would necessarily be a bad movie, either …).
“Date Night” tries to get the magic back on April 9, 2010.
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