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Review: 'Date' doesn't live up to the trailer

Hollywood Wrap with George Pennacchio
April 8, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Entertainment reporter George Pennacchio says Tina Fey and Steve Carell are two very talented comedians, but their new film "Date Night," didn't have him in stitches. In "Date Night," Steve Carell and Tina Fey play a married couple with two children and two busy lives. Both work hard to make time for their marriage.

On a special night out they grab someone else's table at a fancy restaurant and at first, with musician Will.i.am nearby, it's fun. But the fun ends when they discover the people they pretended to be are wanted by some bad guys. This is when a new adventure begins.

Did I laugh? Yes, but only a couple of times.

Mark Wahlberg is funny as a shirtless someone trying to help the two out of their bad situation. And some of the film's best moments involve James Franco and Mila Kunis as a trashy couple involved in the movie's mystery.

"Date Night" is wacky and silly, yet it succeeds in having a relationship that feels very real even when surrounded by so many comedic unreal situations.

The movie has its moments and a few of them are terrific, but I don't feel like I get enough for my money.

"Date Night," from start to end -- with outtakes -- is only about 83 minutes. In the end, this film doesn't live up to its trailer.

"Date Night" also stars Taraji P. Henson and Ray Liotta. It's rated-R.