Date Night (2010)

Feature Film | Comic Thriller | USA | English | 1h28m
Dir: Shawn Levy | Scr: Josh Klausner | Ph: Dean Semler | Prod: Shawn Levy & Tom McNulty | Mus: Christophe Beck | Ed: Dean Zimmerman | PD: David Gropman | AD: Dan Webster | Snd: Craig Henighan | Cast: Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Mark Wahlberg, Taraji P. Henson, Jimmi Simpson, Common, William Fichtner, Leighton Meester, J.B. Smoove, Kristen Wiig, Mark Ruffalo, James Franco, Mila Kunis

In this mildly diverting comic thriller, a married couple, having naively turned up at a swanky new restaurant without ringing ahead, cheekily takes the reservation of another couple, who appear not to have turned up. However, when it turns out that the missing twosome is in the midst of blackmailing both a local gangster and the DA, the two suburbanites suddenly find themselves accused by a pair of crooked cops of being the actual perpetrators, and subsequently in a desperate race to find the real culprits in order to save their own skins. The performances of Carell and Fey are fine, and some of the cameos prove quite amusing, particularly those of Franco and Kunis as the skankiest of couples, but much of the proceedings are rather silly, with the laughs often proving few and far between.