Both Steve Carell and Tina Fey have become popular in recent years, and for good reason. They are able to do comedy without relying on ridiculous pratfalls and borderline vulgarity. Because of this, I was curious to see what Date Night would be like.
Date Night is driven by the witty humor of both actors, and is a giant step above many of the "comedies" of recent years. Phil and Claire Foster, played by Carell and Fey, are a normal couple who encounter trouble in a proverbial "wrong place-wrong time" situation. The hilarity of the movie comes from how they try to extricate themselves from the situation. They alternately have freak-out moments and moments of almost criminal brilliance. It was particularly hilarious seeing them pretend to be "the people" of a celebrity.
While there are a few unbelievable moments, it is quite good as a whole. The comedy never lags, the witticisms continue, and the acting is good. Date Night is an excellent movie–it is simultaneously cleaner and more humorous than many recent comedies. It showcases the abilities of both Carell and Fey, and manages to tell a good story at the same time.