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Date Night (2010)
Rekindling the romance has never been this dangerous!
Witness the most action packed romantic comedy since "Blind Date." Although I doubt seriously "Date Night" will dominate the box office like the remake of "Clash of the Titans" has, but it certainly is a entertaining movie. One that shouldn't be missed. The film essentially follows a normal suburban couple, Claire (Tina Fey) and Phil Foster (Steve Carell), living an average mundane married life together. Both of them working stressful tiring jobs everyday while raising a family of two kids. Sadly, most of the romance from their marriage has been reduced to a boring routine; where the only romantic plans they ever have are often scheduled one night a week. Even then it's mostly routine where sure they still get along as good friends, but the romantic spark just isn't there anymore. As even intimacy becomes an after thought to them. However, when they witness they're friends getting divorced because they too started to grow tired of their everyday mundane boring married life, both Claire and Phil suddenly start to question their relationship as well.
Wondering if they'll end up like their friends if the romantic spark isn't put back into their lives. In an attempt be more romantic with each other, Phil and Claire decide to go to a prestigious restaurant in the city. Unfortunately, the place is so popular that people literally have to make a reservation at least a month in advance. Phil and Claire didn't know this fact until they got there, so now they're on the outside looking in; wondering what to do. Just as all things seemed lost for the night, apparently a couple called the Triplehorns didn't make it for their reservation. As the host calls out the Triplehorns name several times with no reply, Phil suddenly decides to take matters into his own hands and pretends that they're the Triplehorns. His wife reluctant at first, but she too eventually decides to join Phil on the act; seeing as how the Triplehorns didn't make it for their reservation. Unfortunately for them, that might be one move they might soon regret.
In a case of mistaken identity, two goons working for a big league mob boss is looking for the couple calling themselves the Triplehorns. Thus, turning Phil and Claire supposed romantic evening into a rather dangerous and action packed thrill ride they may not soon forget. As they have to deal with all sorts of trouble from the likes of the mafia, crooked cops and politicians. Now who else could say they ever had a date like this?
Although like all romantic comedies, "Date Night" falls into the stereotypical cliches of it's genre where the audience knows how the story is going to play out. You have a witty resourceful wife who is a bit under appreciated for the hard work she puts in both at her real estate job and raising the kids. While the husband is essentially some gullible schmuck that's just lucky to be with her, as he feels his wife never trusts him enough to handle things. Indeed, "Date Night" does fall into those tragic cliches, but that's not to say the film is boring or bad by any means. Far from it actually.
In fact, this is probably one of the funnest and action packed romantic comedies I've ever seen. Sure, the story was predictable, but the characters were rather charming. Plus, the chemistry between Tina Fey and Steve Carell felt authentic on the big screen without rushing it; which is something most modern romantic comedies tend to miss. Which makes it even more surprising is how perfectly "Date Night" mixes in just the right amount of action and comedy to constantly keep the viewer on the edge of their seat. Something that this year's "Bounty Hunter" tried to do too, but it failed at miserably. Where as "Date Night" spins the action, comedy and romance with perfection.
Generating non stop laughs that will appeal to not only the low brow sort of humor but to those that prefer sophisticated style of comedy as well.
"Date Night" may not be this year's most popular film, nor should anyone expect it to win any sort of award. However, it's definitely a great romantic comedy for those yearning for one that has a lot of action in it. Or those that just want to enjoy a few laughs. "Date Night" is certainly an action packed adventure that shouldn't be missed.