Press Play: Date Night

Press Play: Date Night

Aug 11, 2010

This week's must-see DVD/BD, and why we're lovin' it.

What? Date Night

Who? Directed by Shawn Levy and starring Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Mark Wahlberg, Ray Liotta, Mark Ruffalo and James Franco

Why? Rare is the romantic comedy that is strong enough for a man yet made for a woman. With the threat of the insufferable Eat Pray Love on the horizon in theaters, guys should make a play for a date night with Date Night instead to satisfy their partners' need for that on-screen lovin' feeling. Likable leads Steve Carell and Tina Fey star as Phil and Claire Foster, a married couple from New Jersey whose lives have become a tad monotonous. In an effort to reignite some passion, Phil takes his wife to a trendy Manhattan restaurant and impersonates two no-shows—the Tripplehorns—to get their table. While enjoying dinner and making up funny stories about the lives of other guests, the Fosters are abducted by two goons who think they are the Tripplehorns and who demand that the couple turn over a valuable flash drive for their mob boss (Ray Liotta). Phil and Claire ditch their captors at Central Park and get to a police station only to discover that their kidnappers are actually corrupt cops doing double time for the mob. Out of options, the Fosters go on a wild goose chase through New York in an effort to find the real Tripplehorns, get the flash drive and get back to their safe suburban existence.

Date Night comes home on DVD and Blu-ray in an extended edition that features more hilarious scenes and outtakes not shown in theaters. This is good news because you'll want to spend more time with Carell and Fey, who have effortless chemistry on-screen and are totally believable as a couple stuck in a rut. The supporting cast is game to play, too, like Mark Wahlberg's turn as a playboy security expert with whom Fey shamelessly flirts as Carell pleads with him to find a shirt. A highlight is Fey and Carell's awkward striptease in front of mobsters as they go way outside their comfort zones for this wild ride that proves to be one of the most enjoyable romantic adventures in years.

What Else? Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain a gag reel, extended car chase, "Date Night PSAs," "Directing 301 With Shawn Levy" and a commentary track by Levy. The BD adds deleted and extended scenes, "Disaster Dates With the Cast" and "Steve and Tina Camera Tests."

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