Friday, March 9, 2012

Date Night (2010)

I'll keep this one short. This looks like a movie and sounds like a movie, but it doesn't feel authentic in any way. Steve Carrell and Tina Fey never seem like real people. From the opening scenes, their marriage feels fake and the plot feels forced. They merely seem like actors pretending to be married.

The sad truth about "Date Night" is that it's one of those movies that you want to like because you know that there is potential for a good movie in it, but that ultimately disappoints (like so many modern offerings). I chuckled a few times, but it was not consistently funny. There was one inspired action sequence, and a few scenes where Carrell and Fey have chemistry, despite not having characters. The plot at times requires the audience to not ask questions like "why wouldn't you just tell the cop that those cops are crooked?"

When it was over I told my girlfriend that I thought it would of been better if it was made in the 1980's, or even the 90's, if that makes any sense. It wants so badly to be something as good as "Adventures in Babysitting."

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