It often happens that the jokes shown in a film's trailer are all it's got. And, worse still, they lose their magic when you actually see the film because you've seen the trailer. But Date Night is not that film, as it has far more comedy than the trailer could even hint at.
Phil and Claire Foster (Steve Carell and Tina Fey) are a married couple in their 40s, working by day and looking after their children at night. To try to keep their relationship fresh, the pair has a date night every week.
One night, Phil is determined to make it special. Acting completely out of character, he takes another couple's reservation in a restaurant. What follows is a comic-thriller case of mistaken identity.
The film has a wealth of fresh humour that will keep you guffawing throughout, such as the recurring gag about a shirtless Mark Wahlberg.
The film dips into sentimentality when the pair talk about how important they are to each other, but falls short of demonstrating genuine romance, given most of the film is fuelled by their wisecracking.
Carell pulls off an amazing performance, distancing himself from the role that made him famous (Michael Scott in The Office), and from previous film characters. Brilliant though he is, the clear star is Fey, whose delivery of humour and emotions are even better than her impression of Sarah Palin.
YP rating: 4/5