Two comedies that involve mistaken identity, slapstick and farce come to the fore this week. First there's the Steve Carell-Tina Fey pairing in 'Date Night,' in which a staid married couple decides to enliven their relationship by painting Manhattan red -- but with unintended consequences. Then there's 'Death at a Funeral,' a remake of a British comedy about a dysfunctional family attending their patriarch's funeral -- also with a host of unintended consequences. Read on. 'Date Night'
What It's About: Steve Carell and Tina Fey star as a sensible, loving couple with two kids and a house in suburban New Jersey. Their typical date nights include a run-of-the-mill evening with little-to-no romance, but one night they decide to reignite the spark by going to Manhattan's hottest new restaurant ... without a reservation. They get more than they bargained for when a case of mistaken identity hurtles them into an adventure involving corrupt cops, a mob boss and a crazed cab driver.

It's Kinda Like: 'Did You Hear About the Morgans?' meets 'Adventures in Babysitting'

What We Say: What happens when you take two talented comedians and give them a mediocre script with a done-to-death story line? You have this lukewarm comedy that somehow provides some major laughs despite plodding direction by Shawn Levy ('Night at the Museum'); you just can't beat Carell and Fey as a modern-day Lucy and Ricky. But what's with the over-the-top car chase?

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'Death at a Funeral'
What It's About: When the patriarch of a dysfunctional family dies, his funeral turns into a family circus. Things start out poorly when the wrong body shows up in the coffin; that's followed by a sibling rivalries, a psychedelic drug overdose, blackmail, indecent exposure and a corpse that won't stay in the box. Oh yeah, add in some nasty bathroom scenes and old family skeletons. Remake of the 2007 British film of the same name.

It's Kinda Like: 'The Big Chill' meets 'Harold and Maude'

What We Say: At times funny, this Neil LaBute ('Nurse Betty') comedy for the most part squanders a great cast (Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Chris Rock, Zoe Saldana, Loretta Devine, Danny Glover, Regina Hall, James Marsden, Luke Wilson, Ron Glass, Keith David and Peter Dinklage) on shtick and slapstick. There's too much crudeness and not enough real farce to sustain much interest; most of the characters are so unlikable you just don't give a hoot what happens to them. We stuck it out to the end to see how the gay-midget plot line got resolved.
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