An action-comedy about Claire and Phil Foster (Tina Fey and Steve Carell), a typical suburban couple whose lives – including their weekly date nights of dinner and a movie – have become routine. To reignite the marital spark, they visit a trendy Manhattan bistro where a case of mistaken identity turns their evening into the ultimate date night-gone-awry. But as Claire and Phil take their unexpected walk on the wild side, they begin to remember what made them so special together.
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BY Andreas Heinemann Flicks Writer
Steve Carell and Tina Fey have reached the level of comic royalty thanks to their lead roles in The Office and 30 Rock respectively. Now they return to the big screen and pair up for the first time with this hybrid of middle-aged romcom and Hollywood action movie.
Fey and Carell both show why they are so highly regarded, bringing pitch-perfect comedic timing to their parts as they bounce material off each other like it’s the most natural thing in the world. The cast is fleshed out with a supporting crew of big names who nail their roles. There’s even a car chase scene so original and slickly executed that it rises above pastiche to provide an adrenaline-fueled sequence.
If the film has a flaw, it’s the way it can’t quite integrate Fey and Carell’s relationship sub-plot, from boring married couple to rejuvenated lovers, into the greater narrative. You can feel the laughs grind to a halt on the occasions where this theme is pushed. The action elements of the script also come close to imploding under the weight of their own convolutions near the big finale.
In spite of this, it’s a movie that should get a good reaction out of a wide range of viewers and would make an enjoyable date night of your own.
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Didn't make any sense - a screwball comedy genre failing abysmally with irritating lead characters gurning at every opportunity and being hysterical instead of having any gags or any imagination. You're better off with the Man Who Knew Too Little to show how mistaken identity comedy is really done. Possibly one of the woporse comedies I have ever seen.
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