Date Night was SO funny I could not believe it. Very rarely do I pay to see a movie in theaters. I must admit; the sole reason I went to see this is because I absolutely LOVE Tina Fey. Everything she does is gold. Steve Carell is funny but he's got a schtick. A lot of what he does feels the same. However, Fey & Carell's chemistry in Date Night is tangible. I, as an average American female, can believe that there is a couple somewhere in the world just like Fey & Carell. The film begins with Phil & Claire Foster as a suburban New Jersey family with two kids and a mortgage. The Fosters' only escape from their monotonous life in their weekly date night. We see one of their dates nights in which they visit the same restaurant and order the same thing every time. One particularly funny scene is when they're sitting at the dinner table and they're making up stories for the people around them. I can honestly say this is something I've done before with my girlfriend. It's quite entertaining when Fey & Carell do it. The next date night Phil decides that he needs to spice up their date night once in a while so he takes them to Manhattan to the new seafood restaurant, Claw. When the snooty host declines them because they don't have a reservation, Phil then takes someone else's reservations. When two men approach the "Tripplehorns" Phil & Claire think that they work for the restaurant so they follow them into an alley. When the two men pull guns on them, they soon realize that they are not waiters. The thugs ask the Fosters for a flashdrive but since they aren't the Tripplehorns, they don't know what the men are talking about. A case of mistaken identity ensues and Phil and Claire try to escape from the men who turn out to be crooked NYPD cops. With the help of one of Claire's ex-clients and some smarts between the two of them, Claire and Phil have a date night that they will never forget.
The movie is hilarious overall. Their chemistry is great, the jokes are funny, and there's a scene that involves the term "sex robots." How can it go wrong? Even though it didn't break box-office records it's the best movie I've seen in a while. I recommend it for anyone who enjoys a good laugh.
Even the bloopers are fantastic.
Couples Retreat is not what I expected. I expected a lame movie about a few couples going on vacation. Wait--it's exactly what I expected!!! It starts out with Dave (Vince Vaughn) living his mundane life with his wife and two kids. When his best friends Jason and Cynthia announce their possible divorce, they are offered a luxury vacation at a resort called "Eden." Jason and Cynthia show their friends a PowerPoint presentation about Eden and try to get them to go on vacation in hopes that all of their marriages will be saved. Once they arrive on the resort the four couples discover that their 'vacation' includes 6 AM couples' therapy, yoga, and Jean Reno in a speedo. It's not exactly what they think. The movie has a few laugh out loud moments but overall is tense and awkward. More often than not I found myself annoyed with Jason's stick-in-the-mud, fuddy-duddy attitude and Dave's asshole-ness. Overall it wasn't a great movie. Nothing was really memorable and nothing exciting stuck with me. The best part of the movie was Kristen Davis in lingerie. The movie's ending is predictable but sweet. It did not make me like Vince Vaughn. I have never liked Vince Vaughn. If you don't like Vince Vaughn, don't see the movie.
And don't even get me STARTED on the fact that the movie poster omitted the fourth couple of the movie, who just happen to be African American.
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