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Movie Review: Date Night

Steve Carell + Tina Fey = Hilarious!

By taking two of the funniest comedians today and putting them in a movie tailor-made for them was genius! I personally thought that they were the best thing about the movie.

To me, the reason this film worked was not because of the plot or script, but rather the talents of the two funniest people in Hollywood today: Steve Carell and Tina Fey. Seriously. The two seemed to have an impeccable comedic connection that brought out a timing that reminded me of the best comedy teams of all time. Their timing was exceptional and they have an unbelievable chemistry together, which was crucial.

And when they came across some fine supporting characters, which I thought was an ensemble cast of sorts from the VERY shirtless Mark Wahlberg to the excruciatingly funny cameos of James Franco and Mila Kunis, there was further hilarity that ensued from the interactions.

On a technical aspect, the film exceeded my expectations. The direction was competent at best. The cinematography and camera work was nothing short of great. The editing was fluid. The script, though with some flaws, was still pretty well written.

Yes, the plot was a little too campy, illogical and cliched. It started out clear cut enough - mistaken identities, blackmail, bad guys, good guys and whatnot - but then when it came to tying it all together, it went a bit sloppy and somewhat contrived. The ending was also way too overdone and silly compared to the rest of the film. I mean, they could have kept it in better context.

That being said, the movie is a light-hearted comedy at it's core and for that purpose it got the job done tremendously. It's a very straightforward film that doesn't try to be more than it can be, keeping things simple and to the point.

Really. If you're looking for something masterfully done, look elsewhere. But if you just want to see two stars who are funny be funny despite some of the limitations in the script, then I think this is it.

At the very least you get to see the two show off their "skills" in a strip-club scene, and, did I mention Mark Wahlberg doesn't have on a shirt at all? Haha. Too funny.

Movie Review: Date Night Reviewed by DAM on 12:27 AM Rating: 5

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