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Date Night


Date Night could have been so, so bad. The movie has a high concept, but low ambition. When you hear the premise, it sounds like half a great idea melded with half a terrible idea. It might just as easily have been a Tom Arnold/Jenny McCarthy direct-to-DVD comedy as a major motion picture showcasing two of the top comic actors of our day. Somehow, in an act of sheer alchemy, this silly, preposterous, absurd story has been turned into one of the funniest movies I've seen in many months.

By Mike McGranaghan

Once upon a time, comedians Steve Carell and Tina Fey were not very well known. Now that they have become household names, expectations were high that their pairing in a feature-length movie would result in a film full of big laughs. "Date Night" succeeds most of the time in this respect, although the story briefly goes flat, but recovers nicely to a satisfying conclusion, including some riotous outtakes.


"Date Night" is one of the better comedies in recent years. Reminiscent of the very funny 1970 movie "The Out of Towners" with Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis, "Date Night" is one of those little gems that, 20 years from now, you'll stumble across on late night TV and relish all over again.

By David Kaplan

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