I love Steve Carell and Tina Fey. They are two of my favorite actors.Despite some tepid comments I heard about this film, I wanted to see itbecause I love 'em so much. How could a movie go wrong with them in it,right?
Wrong! What a painful experience. I so wanted to at least like thismovie, but even that was asking too much.
Let's review the plot. Steve and Tina's characters have an unexciting,sexless marriage. They routinely go on Date-Night every Friday. Butnothing happens afterwords. No sex, just sleep. Trying to spark thingsup, Steve takes his wife to a new, trendy restaurant. There are noseats available, so Steve steals the reservations of some no-shows,pretending they are that couple. Thugs show up, thinking they are them,and a roller coaster ride through the city follows.
This could be a great pretext for funny situations. But not with thiswriter. The movie wasn't funny. While Tina and Steve did the best theycould, the material didn't work. The writer didn't know how to set up ajoke, and pay if off. Scenes that could have been humorous fell flat.Watching them try to make us laugh with this flat script, and adirector who does not have a feel for comedy, was painful.
I couldn't wait to get out of the theater, and that was after the firstfive minutes. I still love Tina and Steve, but not here. I can't tellyou how sorry I am that I give this movie a 1/10. I was literallycringing in some of the scenes.
There isn't a number low enough to describe this movie. And whichderelict exactly was responsible for the PG-13 rating anyway? I satthere between my teenagers literally cringing over the distastefulsexual content, etc., etc.. Sitting through scene after scene in thehopes that they would at some point get better, until we finally left,wishing we hadn't given this movie a single minute of our time. Yuck!Total yuck! Total and complete trash! A laugh or two here and there inthe theater seemed almost as contrived as the movie. Now I understandwhy Tina was so against Sarah. Sarah actually has a standard or two.
I'll gladly ban any future Steve or Tina flicks going forward.
From director Shawn Levy (Cheaper by the Dozen, Night at the Museum), Ithought from the looks of it this was some kind of spoof of Mr. andMrs. Smith, but it turned out to be much more interesting than that.Basically the Fosters, husband Phil (The 40 Year Old Virgin's SteveCarell) and wife Claire (30 Rock's Tina Fey) have been married for manyyears, and to get away from working, looking after the kids and thehouse, they often find time for a "date night". Worrying that they aregoing to separate, Phil wants to make the next date night different, sohe tries to get him and Claire into new restaurant Claw. The place isfull, but when the opportunity to steal a table from a couple thatdon't show up comes, they take it. While having dinner, Phil and Claireare interrupted by two men thinking that they are the "Tripplehorns"who have the "flash drive", stolen from mob boss Joe Miletto (RayLiotta), and threaten them with guns to get it. When they eventuallyescape the two men, Collins (Common) and Armstrong (Jimmi Simpson), thecouple try to explain what happened to police Detective Arroyo (TarajiP. Henson), they see the two men are with the cops, so they can't trustthem. They decide to try and find the flash drive to end the wholething, starting by finding the address, from the phone number, of theTripplehorns, with the help of security expert Holbrooke (MarkWahlberg), who never wears a shirt. After visiting the Tripplehorns, orrather couple Whippit (Family Guy's Mila Kunis) and Taste (Spider-Man'sJames Franco), to get the flash drive, there is a hilarious car andtaxi crash chase with the two fake cops and the couple, with wimpy cabdriver (J.B. Smoove). Unfortunately the lose the flash drive crashingin the New York river, but Phil looked at it before this to findpictures of DA Frank Crenshaw (William Fichtner), who hangs around witha lot of prostitutes. In the strip club claiming to be theTripplehorns, Crenshaw and Miletto corner Phil and Claire where a feudescalates, but thankfully Claire counts to three (like she does withthe kids) and it's all over. Also starring Leighton Meester as Katy,Kristen Wiig as Haley Sullivan, Mark Ruffalo as Brad Sullivan andWill.i.am. Carell and Fey are terrific as the normal married couplehaving the hellish action filled night, Whalberg with his shirt off isamusing, and the action scenes give you something else to focus onother than the small gags, a very likable comedy action. Very good!User: eelliemaee
this was a ridiculously top notch LAUGH OUT LOUD humor. Nice and easy,nothing too raunchy (which is nice for a change). Tina Fey is my newhero, she is so quirky and I just love her humor. Normally I HATE stripclub scenes in movies cause they are SO OVER DONE and always inabundance with exploiting women and having an eye full of T& A but thestrip club scene actually somewhat made fun of stripping and how sillyit actually is. I was holding the chair in front of me from laughing sohard.Steve delivers a great performance. They are in a non stop chasethrough out the movie where they find themselves in hilariouspredicaments and all along the way clever one liners. I am going to seethis one again and again! A+ If you want to see some silly humorwithout all the garbage like a lot of movies have, this one is it. itsrefreshing and will leave you laughing as you leave the theater. Idid.......User: Rachit Gupta
Steve Carell and Tina Fey have done an outstanding job with this film.Not just with acting, but with wacky expressions too.
The movie itself isn't very intelligent or novel. But hey, as long asit makes you laugh 15 times or more in a span of 80 minutes, its notall that bad is it?
The scenes where Fey and Carell ad-lib other couples at the restaurantsare by far the cutest. Also, the scene with a motored boat in CentralPark was funny. The point being, all through the film, Fey and Carelldo mad things and though they aren't the most intelligent they're stillgood enough for you to throw your head back and laugh hard.
Mark Wahlberg look awesome as he stay shirtless through the film. Andcameos by Mark Ruffalo, James Franco, Ray Liotta and William Fichtnerare superb too.
A particular scene where two cars get lodged from their hoods is kindafar fetched. But heck, I enjoyed this movie thoroughly. I'd recommendit to those who don't mind a fun filled mad ride.