First Look: Steve Carell & Tina Fey’s Date Night

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date night with steve carell and tina fey First Look: Steve Carell & Tina Fey’s Date Night

Just looking at the first photograph from the upcoming Steve Carell and Tina Fey comedy, Date Night, makes me smile. Carell and Fey, the king and queen of NBC’s Thursday night comedy line-up, are both known for making even the most ridiculous of characters sympathetic and human (Fey’s Sarah Palin being the best example).  They’ve earned so much comedic credit along the way and they look cute together. Knowing that, I want to say this is sure to be the funniest movie of 2010.

Even better, they’re supported by a cast of standouts from both the comedy and dramatic world: Kristin Wiig, James Franco, Ray Liotta, Mila Kunis and Mark Wahlberg.

So then why aren’t I more enthused?

The story sounds solid enough; Carell and Fey play characters who have achieved the American dream: happily married with nice kids, a nice house, and a nice life. In fact, it’s so nice that they’re bored. When friends who seem to have an equally ideal existence announce they’re getting divorced, our protagonists decide to reignite the old passion before it burns out for good.

But the fire proves hard to start. In one scene, they try getting it on, but end up turning one another off. This leads to the title event, a date night in which they pretend to be glamorous people meeting for a romantic dinner.  There’s mistaken identities, a mafia attempt on their life, and a chase through the streets of New York, with plenty of laughs along the way.

That’s the idea anyway.

The director, Shawn Levy, struck box office gold with the Night at the Museum movies, but many (myself included) found themselves groaning more than guffawing. And like many of Hollywood’s perfect failures, this one comes from a team of writers.  The first draft, by Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Ocean’s Thirteen), won an honorable mention from the 2008 Hollywood BBC Elite List. But that’s since been re-written by Simon Kinberg (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, X-Men: The Last Stand), Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada, 27 Dresses), and Josh Klausner (Shrek the Third, the upcoming Shrek Forever After and the just-announced Thomas The Tank Engine movie).  For those who weren’t keeping count, that breaks down to action, romance, and yucks.

Here’s the full pic:

date night steve carell tina fey First Look: Steve Carell & Tina Fey’s Date Night

No question Carell and Fey are funny people, but with flimsy material and lackluster direction, this comedy might fall flat on its face even while it whistles its way to the bank. What’s your take?

Date Night hits theaters April 9, 2010.

Source: USA Today

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  1. I think it can. I really didn’t like Get Smart :(

    I’ll wait and see though.

  2. The picture reminds me of that one movie with bruce willis and kim basinger… I think it was called blind date. If its anything like that movie i’ll probably like it… ” ok now moonwalk”… Hilarious movie.

  3. This movie looks and sounds absolutely great! I don’t think there is any way that it can go wrong.

  4. well I thought Carrell was quite good in Dan in Real Life. If it works along those wicked romantic comedy chops, then I suspect he’ll do fine.

  5. The Man Who Knew Too Little was a funny movie, but I usually hate the ‘mistaken identities – chased by the maffia’ angle. And besides, The Office is great, 30 Rock is absolutely not funny.

  6. Could be interesting, they are both definitely funny.

  7. Um, ok, haemye. What crawled up urs and died? 30 Rock has won tons more awards than The Office. I think this will be a good movie :) crawled up yours and died?

  8. So you actually thought that Tina Fey made Palin look sympathetic? Wow. I thought she did a great job of portraying her as the total tool that she is.

    I will be checking this out. Maybe Netflix it though…

  9. Interesting descriptions of Palin: “the most ridiculous of characters” and “total tool.”

    Carol is brilliant, Fey should be a good supporting role. I think it’ll be great.