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April 14, 2010 > Movie Review: Date Night

Movie Review: Date Night

By Mona Shah

Meek suburban couple Phil (Steve Carell) and Claire Foster (Tina Fey) and team up for an adventure that turns a run-of-the-mill married couple's date upside down, in "Date Night."

Phil and Claire Foster are a sensible, loving couple with kids and a house in suburban New Jersey. The Fosters have their weekly "date night"- an attempt at re-experiencing the spice of their dates of yesteryear - involving the same weekly night out at the local Teaneck Tavern. Their conversations quickly drift from barely-date talk to the same chore-chat they have at the dinner table at home. Exhausted from their jobs and kids, their dates rarely end in the fore- or any other kind of play - let alone romance.

After seeing two of their best friends - another married, suburban couple - split apart from living the same life they themselves lead, the Fosters begin to fear what may lie ahead. In an attempt to take date night off auto-pilot and hopefully inject some spice into their lives, Phil decides to take Claire into Manhattan to the city's hottest new restaurant. The Fosters however, don't have reservations. Hoping to be seated sometime before the clock strikes twelve, they steal a no-show couples reservations. What could it hurt? Phil and Claire are now the Tripplehorns.

The real Tripplehorns, it turns out, are a thieving couple who are being hunted by a pair of corrupt cops for stealing property from some very dangerous people. Forced to run before they've even finished their risotto, Phil and Claire realize that a "date" to save their marriage has gone seriously awry as they embark on a wild and dangerous series of crazy (and hilarious) adventures to save their lives.

Rating: PG-13 for sexual and crude content throughout, language, some violence and a drug reference.
Runtime: 1 hr. 28 min.

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