Phil and Claire are a suburban married couple who have a "date night" once a week, but lately it's becoming boring. Deciding to be a bit daring, they opt to head into bustling Manhattan for the night, hoping to have a date to remember. And that's where things go pear-shaped. The restaraunt they choose is a popular eatery, and without having made a reservation, they "claim" another couple's booking. Unfortunately, they get mistaken for this other couple, who are involved with some sinister criminals, and Phil and Claire soon find themselves getting into all sorts of trouble.
The plot is very straight-forward and simple, but yet the movie manages to be highly enjoyable, thanks mostly to the hilariously energetic performances from Steve Carell (star of The Office) and Tina Fey (star of 30 Rock). There is also a highly effective cameo performance from Mark Wahlberg which is quite funny as well. (Unfortunately there's also a very wasted cameo from Ray Liotta)
What also makes the movie work are the constant moments of laugh-out-loud humour, as well as some action thrills thrown in for good measure. Special mention has to be made of an exciting yet funny car chase through busy downtown streets, as it manages to rival anything that macho action director Michael Bay has ever put on film.
Carell and Fey make a great comedic team, and while the movie offers nothing really special and original, it does manage to make you laugh almost all the way through, and nowadays, that's a rare quality in comedies. (4 out of 5, by Carlisle Johnson)
Phil and Claire Foster are a couple who have been married for several years. Their days consists of them taking care of their children and going to work and coming home and going to bed. But they find time to have a date night wherein they go out and spend some time together.
When another couple they know announce that they're separating because they're in a rut, Phil feels that he and Claire could be too. So when date night comes Phil decides to do something different.
But little do the Foster's know that for tonight, different is going to be an understatement.
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
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• Tina Fey
||192 x 137 x 15mm (L x W x T)
||1 hour, 28 minutes
Region 2. This DVD will play in all South African DVD players.
|| Dolby Digital 5.1
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