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Date Night

Released

Latest Home Video

Aug 10, 2010

MPAA Rating:

PG-13


Run Time:

88

Director

Shawn Levy

Cast

Steve Carell

Tina Fey

Studio

2010 Twentieth Century Fox

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Overall C+
ViolenceB-
SexC+
LanguageD+
Drugs/AlcoholC+
Run Time88

Making the Grades

Phil and Claire Foster (Steve Carell, Tina Fey) are the stereotypical two-income, two undisciplined kids, too-tired-for-sex suburbanite couple. The tax accountant and his real estate agent wife do, however, have a regular date night, which puts them far ahead of many other time-strapped and weary marriage partners. Still they worry their relationship is slipping into a less-than-zesty routine—especially after they discover their friends (Mark Ruffalo, Kristen Wiig) are divorcing.

So rather than spend another comfortable evening at the neighborhood steak house, they decide to shake things up with a dinner date in Manhattan. The restaurant they are headed for is packed by the time they arrive and they don’t have a hope of getting in until Phil lies about their last name in order to take another patron’s reservation.

Like most seemingly harmless fibs, this one requires another one to cover it up. And before they’ve even had time to order dessert, the Fosters are escorted by a pair of solemn looking men (Jimmi Simpson, Common) out the back door and into an alley where they expect to get a tongue lashing for taking another customer’s table. Instead the men produce guns and demand that the "Tripplehorns" return a piece of stolen property. From that moment on Phil and Claire are caught up in a cascade of lies and crimes that has the New York City Police department and a gaggle of thugs hot on their trail.

Happily married couples are a rarity in the movies. (Filmmakers seem to prefer to have husbands and wives shooting at one another—Mr. & Mrs. Smith or at least arguing strenuously—Did You Hear About the Morgans?) But short of one or two tense moments when Phil voices his disappointment over their lack of intimacy and Claire complains about Phil’s inability to shut drawers, this couple rarely argues. They also don’t get cozy or even exchange a passionate kiss. The director seems intent on sparing viewers from having to watch a married couple smooch even though strippers, prostitutes, invitations for group sex, a buff, shirtless security officer (Mark Wahlberg) and passionate saliva swapping between a couple of tattooed criminals (James Franco, Mila Kunis) are fine. Later while trying to conceal their real identities to protect their kids, Phil and Claire do resort to talking tough and nasty on the street and performing in a strip joint.

Many of the cast members on this project have worked at SNL and Second City, honing their comedic skills and timing. Yet their talent fails to translate this script into the kind of engaging marital romp audiences should expect from these performers. And though there are lines and moments in the film that seem perched on the edge of hilarity, the chemistry between these characters never really generates into something magical. Combine that letdown with plenty of crass, trash talk and sexual innuendo and this film becomes a bit of a disappointing choice for a Date Night—whether you’re married or not.

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Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Date Night.

Is it important for married couples to continue the courtship after the wedding? Why do some husbands and wives struggle to do that? How can "life" interfere?

What things do Phil and Claire discover about one another during their adventure?

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Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
PG Violence, Coarse and Sexual Language.
AB PG Sexual Content, Language May Offend.
MB PG Not Recommended for Young Children, Language May Offend.
ON 14A Sexual Content, Violence, Language May Offend.
QC G
NB
NS
NL
PE
14A

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Details on home video releases of Date Night...

Date Night releases to home video on August 10, 2010 as a Single-Disc DVD and on Blu-ray With Digital Copy.

Date Night: Single-Disc DVD comes with the following bonus extras:

- Gag reel

- Extended Car Chase

- Directing Off Camera

- Date Night PSAs (three versions)

- Directing 301 with Shawn Levy

- Audio Commentary with Shawn Levy

Date Night: Blu-ray With Digital Copy includes all of the above, plus:

- Deleted Scenes

- Extended Scenes

- Disaster Dates with the Cast

- Steve and Tina Camera Tests

- Live Lookup

- Digital Copy of the Movie

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kdeering32@msn.com says: Jun. 12, 2010

in my opinion it should have been given a D to F rating not a C+ extremely inappropriate and way worse than Bounty Hunter. this movie should have been rated R.  It was discusting and definately not appropriate for children.  The strip club scenes lasted for a very long time and left nothing to the imagination.  I walked out!

SteveA says: Jul. 24, 2010

Funny movie that should’ve been rated “R.”  In no way was this film appropriate for a 13 year old child.  Nearly constant sexual references that were quite far from subtle.  It includes topics no decent parent would want their 13 year old child to even have to consider, such as anal intercourse, foursomes (not about golf), “doing it” in all kinds of ways…the list goes on, and on, and on, and on.

The strip club scene was beyond belief - how anyone could rate this PG-13, I don’t know.  And how this site could give it a C+ is even more beyond me.  I say it’s better to err on the side of caution.  Some parents might see “C+” and figure it’s okay.  IT IS NOT.  And, I’m a pretty liberal parent.

Ciao!

thomasrw says: Oct. 25, 2010

This movie was AWFUL! It’s full of crude, crass, low-brow sexual innuendo and dialogue. It’s title suggests it makes a good date-night movie, but my wife and I were left in a very uncomfortable mood! I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone!

Heinemann says: Aug. 13, 2012

This movie was so funny I think it should have been pg I would show it to a 8 year old kid.

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