Wednesday, April 14, 2010
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3 stars out of 4
When I saw the previews for this film, I thought it looked like it would be fun and entertaining. It did not disappoint! With such strong comedic leads, Steve Carell and Tina Fey, you know you're in for laughs. The plot follows a married couple who has settled their way into a rut and the husband decides their next date night will be different. By taking someone else's dinner reservation, they are soon on an unplanned adventure. I enjoyed the humor and also the nice message on marriage and staying together. Put it on your agenda for your next date night!
Cindy Evans, Duluth
2 stars out of 4
A movie with more fluff than stuff, it tries, but in the end remains forever a bubble offering that can't match the talent. Steve Carell and Tina Fey are arguably very funny and talented people but the suspect story line can't keep pace with their talent, and the movie moves aimlessly along a forgettable and weak path. The best part arrives at the end when the amusing "outtakes" are better than the movie and you hear a real music legend, Jackie Wilson, sing a super song.
The movie chronicles the Fosters, a boring couple, who are in the middle of raising their kids. But in an attempt to add some spark to their mundane lives, they have occasional date nights, one of which leads to the premise of the movie. But the whole deal is too predictable and lame to get much traction.
So the flick is mildly amusing at best and bad at worst. You just can't pay $9 for two minutes of funny screw-ups and one song. Stay clear of this façade.
Rick Wright, Auburn
2 stars out of 4
I anticipated enjoying this movie, not because I thought the premise had a lot of potential, but because I think both Steve Carell and Tina Fey are funny people. Unfortunately, both actors played their parts as boring suburbanites to the letter and did not allow their comedic appeal to shine through. They weren't funny, the premise wasn't funny and the supporting actors weren't funny. The plot was too silly to be believable. Many of the scenes could have been shuffled randomly with no detriment to the story. In a movie expected to keep me rolling, I laughed out loud only one time, which is why I gave the film 2 stars instead of 1. My recommendation? Wait for the DVD.
Jenni McKinney, Buford