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Date Night Review

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3.0

Dave White Profile

At Applebees... Read full review

3.0

Jen Yamato Profile

A marriage made in sitcom heaven. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    56

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    These talented performers star in two of the wittiest, most sophisticated sitcoms on the air, but for this movie pairing they're stuck with an endlessly silly plot line and overblown physical mayhem that is instantly forgettable. The fact that they make it so funny nonetheless is a testament to their abilities.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Watching these two intensely likable comedians work together is a special pleasure.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    For this 21st-century Nick and Nora Charles, the flame is kept alive despite his nighttime anti-snore nose strip and her nighttime bite guard -- thanks to a shared appreciation of the hilarity of nose strips and bite guards.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    This is the rare screwball comedy that is superbly paced, cleverly plotted and hilarious from start to finish.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 14 & under

Funny duo packs in the silly sex jokes, plus minor gun play.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this farcical comedy, filled with the kind of pratfalls, comic car chases, and silly humor of Tina Fey and Steve Carell that appeal to teens, is geared more toward adults. It contains sexual innuendo and coarse languagethroughout, plus mature themes related to married life, and episodes of violence and gunplay -- all played for humor. Onelong sequence takes place in a strip club and includes near-nude women,suggestive dancing, and the threat of violent behavior. There aremultiple discussions of menstruation, infidelity, and sexualmisbehavior. Strong language abounds ("asshole," "s--t," "penis,""whore" and one use of "f--k"). The leading characters are held at gunpoint andshot at many times, however, it's all comedic action and no one isinjured or killed. One comic car chase results in dozens of crashes,shattered windows, a character hanging onto carhood, and a main character ending up in a river, unharmed.

  • Families can talk about danger and violence in the movie. Did you ever feel that the main characters were in serious jeopardy? What tools did the filmmakers use to show that it was all in fun and there was no real danger?
  • The movie had lots of sexual humor. How was the humor different from other movies where sex plays a prominent role? Did the fact that some of the sex jokes involved married people make them more or less funny? Why or why not?
  • What did the Fosters learn about themselves during their adventure? How did they surprise each other?
  • Would it surprise you to learn that the pole dancing scene was neitherscripted nor rehearsed? Describe "improvisation" and talk about otherinstances in movies and on television where the material might havebeen improvised.

The good stuff
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    Messages: The ultimate message is one that reinforces the positive aspects of a traditional marriage and the monogamous relationship, despite their many challenges, including monotony, irksome behavior, and even temptation. The husband says he does things he doesn't like because that's part of marriage and it's important to him to make his wife happy. Also, he asks his wife to trust more of the day-to-day household management to him and release some of her resentments. Through the ordeal, they are able to see one another in a new light and rekindle their affection.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: The main characters are in love and seem to be good parents, but are also reckless, bumbling incompetents in the face of extraordinary circumstances. They lie, steal, and break into a store under extreme duress. Lawenforcement officers are either honorable good guys, or corrupt villains.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Lots of action with characters held at gunpoint, heavy gunfire, anddangerous gangsters. The hero and heroine are constantly on the run,captured and menaced by two or more very bad guys. A lengthy car chaseresults in huge numbers of car crashes. All of the action, however, isintended to be comedic with no real threat ofinjury or death.

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    Sex: A very long sequence takes place in a strip club with women in variousstates of undress (no actual nudity), sexual posing, dancing, andcavorting with customers. A pole dance scene is played strictly forlaughs. There is some kissing and embracing between couples, but noovert sexual activity. Lots of sexual innuendo throughout, including repeated scenes with a shirtless Mark Wahlberg, and discussion about the possibility of group sex. The final shot finds a marriedcouple, fully clothed, embracing and rolling together in the grass.

  • language false3

    Language: Language is coarse throughout, including one use of "f--k," and several uses of: "s--t," "vagina," dumbass," "pissed," and "asshole." Repeateduse of "penis," "bitch," "whore," "whacked off," etc. Many uses of "God" and "Goddamn" as exclamations. There are sexualinnuendos from beginning to end, all intended as humor. Several references to menstruation.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Kindle has a major product placement in one short scene. In another scene a bus stop ad features Dentyne gum prominently. Some fancy cars. Brief references to Radio Shack and Diet Sprite.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Wine is served with meals and in one scene the couple gets fairly tipsy and goofy. There are scenes in both a cocktail bar anda strip club which show many people drinking. One mention of the drug "nitrous" referring to a girl nicknamed "Whip-It."

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