Movie Monday: Date Night

Date Night stars Steve Carell and Tina Fey as Phil and Claire Foster, a married couple whose relationship has fallen into a predictable, unexciting rut. One night, while trying to spice up the usual date night, they find themselves caught up in some unexpected trouble through a case of mistaken identity. Through a series of hilarious and crazy events, the Fosters learn what is truly important to them, each other.


When I first heard that Steve Carell and Tina Fey were doing a movie together called Date Night, I got very excited. How could it be anything less than hilarious? Then I saw a trailer and my hopes came crashing down. However, since the very title of the movie fit so well with this blog, I knew I had to check it out for a Movie Monday. Thankfully my disappointment with the trailer was unwarranted.

I found Date Night hilarious and fun from beginning to end. It changes from a comedy based on real, every day situations, into a zany Action/Comedy about half way through. I would have preferred the movie to stay with the low key style of the first half, but I think they pulled it off regardless. I can’t remember laughing this much at movie in a very long time.

A lot of people complain that Steve Carell plays the same character all the time. On the surface that may appear to be true, but being an avid fan of The Office and all things Michael Scott, I can definitely see the uniqueness in the characters he plays. Phil Foster is no Michael Scott. That being said, if you’re a fan of The Office or 30 Rock, the humour in Date Night will likely be right up your alley.

There’s nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable for an hour and a half because you aren’t sure if your date objects to the content of a movie. So if you’re going on a first date with someone, read up on the movie first so that your night won’t be ruined by any surprises.

As the name suggests, Date Night is a great choice for a fun, laugh filled night out with someone special.

He turned the gun sideways! That’s a kill shot! – Phil Foster


These days, Brad and I rarely cough up the money to catch a new movie at the theatre. However, we recently cashed in some Air Miles for a few BOGO movie tickets that needed to be spent. Since we both love Steve Carell, his new movie with Tina Fey, Date Night, was an easy choice.

Thankfully, Date Night was not one of those movies where all of the funny scenes are in the trailer. This movie is generously doused with knee slapping funnies throughout its 88 minutes, right through to the very last scene.

Though most couples will have a good chuckle, those who are married or have been together for a while will especially appreciate and relate to the story and its comedy, as a lot of the humour plays on the day to day exchanges between man and wife.

Brad and I aren’t overly prudish when it comes to movie content, but if you refuse to watch anything you couldn’t view with your 5 year old niece, you may want to go refill your popcorn during the club scene or one of the 50 million times Mark Wahlberg has his shirt off.

I’m pretty fussy when it comes to comedies, but Date Night is a definite winner. If money’s tight don’t rush to the theatre, but be sure to rent it when it comes out on DVD/Blu-ray.

For the locals:

– Empire Theatres recently announced their “Reel Deal Tuesdays” discount night. Enjoy a date night of your own for just 5.99 each.

– Costco has an Empire Entertainment Pack. Get two general admission tickets, 2 regular popcorn and 2 soft drinks for $25!

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