Cyborg’s Opinion: Date Night (Movie Review)

ANTONIUS CYBORG PERITO

Honestly, “excitement” wasn’t the first thing that came to mind when going to see this movie. But the feeling I had entering the theater and the one I had upon exiting were two completely different ones. The movie was a pleasant surprise. While I can’t say that the plot was completely original I can give the film credit for making it its own.

The film centers around the characters Phil and Claire Foster (Steve Carell and Tina Fey), your typical boring married couple. Minus any spoilers, I’ll say that the couple decides to take an out of the ordinary date night together in an effort to break away from the bland routines they had grown accustomed to in their marriage. One plot device leads to another and a case of mistaken identity at the restaurant they eat at has them on the run from the city’s most dangerous crime boss and his two goons. This is where the story takes off, placing the characters in different crazy situations as they make an effort to get out of harm’s way. And what the heck, let’s have them learn a life lesson that will put the spark back in their marriage along the way too.

I must state for the record that Steve Carell and Tina Fey make this movie what it is. They work off of each other in a way that two other actors might not have been able to. It’s as if some writer in Hollywood walked into an office said “Hey, what do you think would happen if we put Steve Carell in a suit and have him (insert funny situation here)?” Somebody wanted to know badly enough to make this movie. While it feels like the movie could’ve squeezed in a few more big laughs, it did have some scenes that you’ll be glad you were present for and an all star supporting cast that adds to the list of funny encounters the two main characters have. I’d like to give James Franco and Mila Kunis credit for a hilarious scene they did that even seemed to steal the show from Carell and Fey while all four were on screen together. So here’s the bottom line. This type of movie has been done before and will be done again. This movie gives a new modern day spin to a very 80’s type storyline. Mix that in with two brilliant comedic actors to play the leading roles and enough guest stars to make the Oscar Committee shiver and what have you got? Well, you’ve got a movie that honestly could’ve been worse. It turned out to be thoroughly entertaining despite its flaws, and this is coming from someone who usually is NOT a fan of the PG-13 filler movies that inevitably hit theaters every year.

Now I’ll give you something you can take home to mamma, my review in numerical form. DATE NIGHT starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey gets an 8 (“It’s the funniest thing you can go see with freshmen!”) out of 10.

This has been Antonius Perito, and this was (drum roll please)………………… Cyborg’s Opinion.