Thursday, April 15, 2010

Jason watches DATE NIGHT

Steve Carrell and Tina Fey are two of the funniest people on television. So why team them up in roles where they're a boring married couple, hamstringing their talent so the "comedy" can come from the wacky situations they find themselves in? And the situations aren't wacky so much as dangerous--the story doesn't no whether to be an crime-action-thriller or a slapstick comedy. There are sporadic scenes where their talent comes out--a repeated gag where they guess what other couples at the restaurant are saying, a truly screwball gag where they play hipsters to steal some crucial information, and a repeated gag about how a shirtless Mark Wahlberg makes Steve Carrell so uncomfortable. And the climax is pretty good. But these are far enough between that they only serve to offer glimpses of how much better this could have been.

Running Time: 88 minutes
My Total Minutes: 180,208

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