Steve Carell and Tina Fey play Phil and Claire Foster. The Fosters are a pretty typical married couple. They have kids, full time jobs and don't have much alone time with each other. This is where "date night" comes into play.
Phil is told by one of his closest friends that he and his wife are going to get divorced. Phil begins to wonder if that is what's going to happen to him so he decides to take date night a bit more seriously than he has in the past. He decides that he and Claire should go into the city and eat at a new, trendy restaurant. What are the odds that they would need a reservation? I mean it's only New York City! Predictably they are told their is no room at the inn. So what's a starving couple to do? You take someone elses reservation of course! They pretend to be the Tripplehorns, who didn't show up, and that's when things get a bit hairy. Two thugs come to the table and tell Phil and Claire to follow them outside. Turns out the Tripplehorns stole from a very shady character and the thugs have come to collect. The rest of the movie is all about Phil and Claire on the run, trying to clear their name and trying to save their marriage.
I was really hoping that the movie was going to be funnier. That's not to say that I didn't laugh because I did, I just think it could have been a lot funnier. If you stay for the credits (not many people do) you will see some very funny outtakes that I wish were left in the movie. Some of the lines that Fey uses in the outtakes would have been hilarious in the movie. Instead they went with less funny ones.
There were two running jokes throughout the movie that I thought should have just been one time punch lines. The jokes themselves were funny but it felt like they were trying to beat me over the head with them in order to make sure I was laughing.
Mark Wahlberg played Holbrooke Grant, a special ops/spy/intelligence guru who the Fosters go to to help them figure out what's going on with the Tripplehorns and the thugs. I'm convinced Wahlberg was picked for the role in order to make every man watching the movie feel terrible about themselves. I should add, mission accomplished my friend. There isn't a single scene in which he has his shirt on. My advice gents, if you are with your lady on your own date night, send them to go get popcorn just before Wahlberg comes on the screen. This will save you the "you should really start exercising" conversation after the movie. I would also like to start the rumor that Mark Wahlberg has signed on to star in the next Twilight movie as the lead werewolf.
James Franco and Mila Kunis are the Tripplehorns and they were very funny as the low income, thieving couple. I just wish they would have been in the movie a bit more but I also may have gotten tired of their schtick. Who knows.
I did like the movie but I didn't love it. I wanted it to be funnier and maybe because Carell and Fey were the stars, my expectations were higher for big laughs.