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Date Night


(Shawn Levy, 2010)


Basic citylife-is-hell comedy (e.g. After Hours, The Out-of-Towners, Adventures in Babysitting) whose appeal is all in the casting.

Date Night is held aloft by the performances of Carell and Fey, who appear to have improvised the majority of their scenes together. I’m assuming this is so, since their riffing is light-years ahead of the tame script. James Franco and Mark Wahlberg also deliver consistent laughs in supporting turns.