Do you feel a draft? Tina Fey, Steve Carell and Mark Wahlberg in Date Night.
Positioned somewhere between a smart comedy and one too convinced its audience won't like that, it's easy to admire Date Night on the grounds that it allow its stars some leg room. The casting of Tina Fey and Steve Carrell gives the movie most of its authenticity. As Claire and Phil Foster, they embark on an NYC date night of criminal mixups, some badly directed action, and numerous encounters with a shirtless Mark Wahlberg, while convincingly embodying the sort of domestic nerds who call into question how other married couples still sit on the same side of the table at restaurants. The actors, including the name-brand supporting cast, rise above the material. Comparisons to Martin Scorsese's trapped in New York comedy After Hours are superficial because director Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum
) has no atmospheric feel for urban nightlife. It's only the characters reminding us that this is all happening on the same night that sells the concept. The stars work hard for a movie that isn't putting in much. (MP)