CATEGORIES Reviews
It's the comedy one-two punch that Peacock sitcom fans have dreamed about: Tina Fey and Steve Carell. But you won't find the pairing on their respective Emmy-magnet shows ('30 Rock' and 'The Office'). Coming Friday to a movie theater near you, 'Date Night' stars Fey and Carell as a New Jersey parents in a romantic rut.

Claire and Phil Foster (Fey and Carell) decide to spice things up and spend their weekly "date night" at a chic restaurant in the big city. Gunplay ensues -- not to mention a high-speed pursuit.

'Date Night''s third wheel is Mark Wahlberg, who is finally breaking out of a string of grim dramas ('The Lovely Bones,' 'We Own the Night,' 'The Departed'). Also making an appearance is James Franco, along with Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig and Mark Ruffalo.

The critics got to see 'Date Night' on the job. Many of you will have to get a babysitter -- or should you? Let's hear what the critics had to say. It's the comedy one-two punch that Peacock sitcom fans have dreamed about: Tina Fey and Steve Carell. But you won't find the pairing on their respective Emmy-magnet shows ('30 Rock' and 'The Office'). Coming Friday to a movie theater near you, 'Date Night' stars Fey and Carell as a New Jersey parents in a romantic rut.

Claire and Phil Foster (Fey and Carell) decide to spice things up and spend their weekly "date night" at a chic restaurant in the big city. Gunplay ensues -- not to mention a high-speed pursuit.

'Date Night''s third wheel is Mark Wahlberg, who is finally breaking out of a string of grim dramas ('The Lovely Bones,' 'We Own the Night,' 'The Departed'). Also making an appearance is James Franco, along with Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig and Mark Ruffalo.

The critics got to see 'Date Night' on the job. Many of you will have to get a babysitter -- or should you? Let's hear what the critics had to say.

Entertainment Weekly
: "Date Night is a conservative comedy with mainstream values and easy-to-follow lessons. (Lesson one: Don't steal somebody else's reservation at a Manhattan hot spot!) But with Carell and Fey collaborating, the movie becomes far more interesting than its plot or structure. Phil is a kind, resourceful, appreciative husband and father. Plus, he's funny. Claire is a quick-witted, adaptable, perceptive wife and mother. Plus, she's funny.

Roger Ebert: "We're halfway prepared for a low-key romantic comedy when all hell breaks lose. They pretend to be an absent couple in order to grab a reservation at a trendy restaurant, and two hit men assume they are that couple and topple them into a screwball comedy. Yet all the time Phil and Claire seem like the kind of people who don't belong in a screwball comedy. That's why it's funny. They're bewildered."

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The Hollywood Reporter: "[Fey and Carell] star in two of the wittiest, most sophisticated sitcoms on the air, but for this movie pairing they're stuck with an endlessly silly plot line and overblown physical mayhem that is instantly forgettable. The fact that they make it so funny nonetheless is a testament to their abilities."

Chicago Tribune: "The people on-screen keep saving this one, none more so than James Franco and Mila Kunis. As lowlifes mixed up in the Tripplehorn saga, they give "Date Night" a shot in the arm, simply for the way Franco says the line, "Like I wanna spend the rest of my life selling stolen wheelchairs!" Their one scene lasts maybe five minutes, but they are crucial minutes. Their interplay with the stars of this vehicle makes up for a lot of backfiring elsewhere.

Associated Press: "Clearly, things have gone wrong when the outtakes pasted over the end credits cannot even provoke a chuckle. Skip this "Date Night."