Date Night DVD review

Mostly fun fish-out-of-water comedy with Tina Fey and Steve Carell

US (15+). Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Ray Liotta

This dumb and mostly fun fish-out-of-water comedy would be far more dumb and much less fun if it wasn’t for some relatively amusing casting and a punchy running time that acknowledges the limits of its script. Fey and Carell are Claire and Phil Foster, a married New Jersey couple who have watched their love life dwindle and their social diary gather cobwebs, who decide that a ‘date night’ away from the kids is well overdue. But when Phil, in a moment of unusual boldness, steals the reservation of the mysterious ‘Triplehorns’ in a trendy Manhattan restaurant, they find themselves the unlikely target of gangsters headed by a self-mocking Ray Liotta.

The script is lowest-common-denominator stuff – a case of mistaken identity, car chases, strip clubs, boat rides – but the rapport between Carell and Fey is easy to warm to and an episode involving a shirtless Mark Wahlberg as an old friend of Claire’s who challenges Phil’s uneasy masculinity provokes genuine laughs. Fey and Carell are far better than this, but when the other options in the action-romcom territory include Jennifer Aniston’s The Bounty Hunter, who’s complaining?

Soho Garden to host one-off nights with seven famous London bars this season

Summer package includes 50 percent off room rates, complimentary breakfast and more

We pick out ten Dubai bars that are perfect for a bit of romance

Here are 40 of the latest openings in town, from clubs and bars to gyms and museums

Why we need to start taking Annie Starke seriously

Warehouse’s buzzing brunch has a party vibe, but don’t go for the food


Follow us