DATE NIGHT Add To My Top 10

Spoiled by Crude Shenanigans

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Release Date: April 09, 2010

Starring: Tiny Fey, Steve Carrell, Mark Wahlberg, Common, James Franco, Ray Liotta, William Fichtner, and Jimmi Simpson

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 88 minutes

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
Website: www.fox.com

Content:

(B, PaPa, LLL, VV, SS, N, AA, DD, M) Light moral worldview affirms marriage and stops social villainy by criminals and corrupt officials but is spoiled by strong pagan content used to provide crude humor; about 21 obscenities (including one “f” word and some “s” and “a” words), two GDs, 30 light profanities like “My God,” man vomits, and the words p*nis and v*gina are used multiple times for “humor”; some strong, mostly comic violence includes child jumps on top of dad to wake him up, men hold guns on innocent couple, fighting, wooden ceiling falls on villain, extensive car chase with cars banging into parked cars and front ends of two cars getting hooked together, and police cars crash into one another; strong attempts at sexual humor include couple poses as an erotic dancer/prostitute and her pimp to get into a mobster’s main dive, couple forced to perform suggestive dancing with a stripper pole, multiple uses of the words p*nis and v*gina, couple visits a man who has clearly been involved with sexual relations that night with a foreign woman who comes down the stairs to the living room covered up in only a sheet, woman with man asks couple if they want to have sex with them and, when they say no thanks, she tells the man in a foreign language that’s good because they don’t look very strong, some sexual innuendoes and malapropisms, and seedy nightclub has skimpily dressed women dancing; upper male nudity and brief partial rear female nudity, plus light female cleavage; alcohol use and couple gets slightly tipsy from wine; no smoking or drugs; no smoking but one drug reference; and, two cops are corrupt but two other cops are not and a corrupt public official is involved with a mobster, but their dastardly intentions are thwarted, plus references to blackmail and intended blackmail.

Summary:

DATE NIGHT stars Steve Carrell and Tina Fey as Phil and Claire Foster, a suburban couple in New Jersey who get involved in a case of mistaken identity involving a mobster, two corrupt policemen and a corrupt public official. DATE NIGHT has some very hilarious moments and affirms marriage, but these positive elements are spoiled by too much foul language and too much crude sexual humor.

Review:

DATE NIGHT has some very hilarious, funny moments, but they are spoiled by plenty of light foul language, some strong foul language, and crude attempts at sexual humor.

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.

In Brief:

DATE NIGHT 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. When a reservation under the name Tripplehorn doesn’t show, 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. The men want a computer flash drive that the real 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 who secretly works for 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. MOVIEGUIDE advises extreme caution for all moviegoers.