Nick Schager Reviews Date Night

Steve Carell and Tina Fey’s partnership as the lynchpins of NBC’s Thursday night schedule is crudely translated to the big screen in Date Night, a creaky comedy only tolerable thanks to its stars’ likeability. In Shawn Levy’s wannabe-zany saga, spouses Phil (Carrel) and Claire Foster (Fey) decide to shake themselves out of their domestic-parental doldrums by enjoying an evening on the town in Manhattan, a plan that backfires once they’re denied a table at a ritzy new restaurant, steal another couple’s reservation, and are then mistaken by armed thugs as blackmailing thieves in possession of a stolen flash drive. Cut from a distinctly ’80s episodic night-gone-wild cloth, the ensuing proceedings are rife with noise and commotion, from shootouts to car chases to Claire pretending to be a strip club whore and Phil masquerading as her “pimp daddy.”

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