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Date Night

Date Night
Starring:
Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Mark Wahlberg, Taraji P. Henson, Jimmi Simpson


Rated: PG-13 Sexual and crude content throughout, language, some violence and a drug reference
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: April 9, 2010 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox

A busy, tired married couple decide to change their usual plans of a date night at a local family restaurant, and spice things up by going into New York City to a new "in" place for dinner.

Claire (Tina Fey) and Phil Foster (Steve Carell) get a baby sitter for their two lively kids, dress up in their fanciest duds and make the trip from their suburban New Jersey home for a night of fun and a little excitement.

They don't expect the kind of excitement they encounter however. When they can't get a table at the popular place, Phil tells the hostess that they are the Tripplehorns, a no-show couple, and take their reservation.

In the middle of their perfect evening, a couple of thugs force them into the back alley and threaten them unless they return a stolen chip to their mob boss (Ray Liotta). The Foster's mistaken identity sets up all of the funny, unbelievable comedy that follows.

An otherwise normal couple gets entangled with the police, the mob, a security expert (played by a shirtless Mark Walberg), and two shady characters (Mila Kunis and James Franco).

The Fosters work hard at their jobs, try to be good parents, and just want a little fun at the end of the week. Both Fey and Carrel are married and have kids, and they are very believable and funny in their roles. It's easy to relate to and like Claire and Phil - they are so normal. And that's what makes this comedy so entertaining.

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