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A likable pairing can only take a movie so far, but that doesn’t stop Steve Carell and Tina Fey from working their comedic asses off to take Date Night as far as it can possibly go. They are the sole highlights amid the darkness that is Shawn Levy’s inert direction, which consumes nearly every element of the film with its studio hackery. There is no tension in the plot, the action is bland and incomprehensible, and the majority of big comedic gags are too broadly handled to be funny. It’s almost a miracle that Date Night doesn’t drag Carell and Fey down with its middle-of-the-road lameness, but through their genuine chemistry and well-timed improvisational skills, they manage to inject a great amount of spontaneity, warmth and actual humor into the movie. It doesn’t quite save it, but it’s enough to make the film a semi-enjoyable afternoon rental.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – Audio commentary with director Shawn Levy, featurettes (“Directing 301 with Shawn Levy”, “Directing Off Camera”), an extended car chase, a gag reel, and Date Night PSAs (three versions). Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as deleted and extended scenes, a Disaster Dates with the Cast featurette, Steve and Tina Camera Tests, and a digital copy of the film.

Target Best Buy Fry’s
$16.99 $17.99 $16.97
Amazon – $16.99
Target Best Buy Fry’s
$24.99 $25.99 N/A
Amazon – $24.99

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