Spoiled by Crude Shenanigans
Release Date: April 09, 2010
Starring: Tiny Fey, Steve Carrell, Mark
Wahlberg, Common, James
Franco, Ray Liotta, William
Fichtner, and Jimmi Simpson
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 88 minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox/News Corp.
Director: Shawn Levy
Executive Producer: Joe Carrociolo, Jr., Josh
McLaglen and Tom McNulty
Producer: Shawn Levy
Writer: Josh Klausner
Address Comments To:Rupert Murdoch, Chairman/CEO, News Corp.
Chase Carey, President/COO, News Corp.
Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos, Chairmen/CEO
Fox Filmed Entertainment
20th Century Fox Film Corp. (Fox Searchlight Pictures/Fox Atomic)
10201 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 369-1000
The movie stars Steve Carrell and Tina Fey as Phil and Claire Foster, a suburban couple in New Jersey who want to spice up their weekly date night with a romantic dinner at a fancy restaurant in Manhattan. Phil plans this on the spur of the moment, however. So, when they get to the restaurant, the snooty maitre’d gives them little hope of getting a table. When it seems that a reservation under the name of Tripplehorn isn’t going to appear, Phil and Clair claim to be the Tripplehorns.
The Fosters enjoy a wonderful, but expensive dinner. Just when they are about to leave, however, two guys show up and force them to go into the alley. Phil and Claire think the two men are from the restaurant, but the men actually want a computer flash drive that the Tripplehorns apparently stole from a mobster. Thus begins a night of narrow escapes and comical escapades. It all leads to a tense showdown with the mobster and a high public official in the city who secretly works with him.
DATE NIGHT has some very hilarious moments, including one of the funniest car chase scenes in many years. The movie also affirms marriage. These positive elements are spoiled, however, by much foul language, including lots of light foul language and some strong foul language. More annoying and offensive are the movie’s attempts at sexual humor. For example, there is dialogue focused on using crude terms for male and female genitalia (the “p” and “v” words). There is also a scene at the end where Phil and Claire pose as an erotic dancer/prostitute and her pimp to get into the mobster’s main dive. At the club, the public official in cahoots with the mobster mistakes them both for prostitutes and forces them to perform a suggestive dance routine on a stripper pole in an exclusive back room area.
There is more crude humor than just these examples. Clearly, then, this obscene, off-color material demands extreme caution or worse. It just becomes too much by the time the end credits roll. It’s also not very funny. Moviegoers with an ounce of intelligence in their brains and purity in their souls will want to avoid such crude nonsense.
DATE NIGHT has some very hilarious moments, including one of the funniest car chase scenes in many years. The movie also affirms marriage. These positive elements are spoiled, however, by much foul language, including lots of light foul language and some strong foul language. More annoying and offensive are the movie’s attempts at sexual humor. MOVIEGUIDE advises extreme caution for all moviegoers.