Date Night

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Not to be confused with Date Movie.
Date Night
Date night poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Shawn Levy
Produced by Shawn Levy
Tom McNulty
Written by Josh Klausner
Starring Steve Carell
Tina Fey
Taraji P. Henson
Mark Wahlberg
Music by Christophe Beck
Cinematography Dean Semler
Edited by Dean Zimmerman
Dune Entertainment
21 Laps Entertainment
Media Magik Entertainment
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • April 6, 2010 (2010-04-06) (New York premiere)
  • April 9, 2010 (2010-04-09)
Running time
88 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $55 million[2][3]
Box office $152,263,880[2]

Date Night is a 2010 comedy crime film directed by Shawn Levy and starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey. It was released in the United States on April 9, 2010.[1] For a time it was marketed as Crazy Night in Europe but later the title was changed back to the original Date Night.[citation needed]


Phil and Claire Foster (Steve Carell and Tina Fey) are a married couple from New Jersey with two children and whose domestic life has become boring and routine. Phil is a tax lawyer while Claire is a realtor. They are motivated to reignite their romance after learning that their best friends, Brad and Haley (Mark Ruffalo and Kristen Wiig), are planning to divorce to escape the married-life routine and to have more excitement in their lives.

To avoid the routine that had become their weekly "date night", Phil decides that he will take Claire to a trendy Manhattan restaurant called "Claw", but they cannot get a table. Phil steals a reservation from a no-show couple, the Tripplehorns, despite Claire's misgivings. While eating, they are approached by two men, Collins (Common) and Armstrong (Jimmi Simpson), who question them about a flash drive they believe Phil and Claire stole from mobster Joe Miletto (Ray Liotta). Phil and Claire try to explain that they are not the Tripplehorns, but the men threaten them at gunpoint. Not seeing any other way out, Phil tells them the flash drive is in a boathouse in Central Park.

At the boathouse, Claire pretends to search; while Collins and Armstrong's backs are turned, Phil hits them with an oar and escapes with Claire on a boat. At a police station, Phil and Claire talk with Detective Arroyo (Taraji P. Henson), but discover Collins and Armstrong are also detectives, presumably on Miletto's payroll. Realizing they cannot trust the police, they decide to find the real Tripplehorns. They return to the restaurant and find the Tripplehorns' phone number.

Claire remembers a former client, Holbrooke Grant (Mark Wahlberg), is a security expert. At his apartment, Grant traces the Tripplehorns' cell phone signal to an apartment owned by a Tom Felton. Collins and Armstrong arrive, but Phil and Claire escape in Grant's Audi R8.

They arrive at Felton's apartment and break in. They question Felton, nicknamed "Taste" (James Franco), and his wife "Whippit" (Mila Kunis) about the flash drive and Joe Miletto. It turns out that Taste and Whippit did go to the restaurant but left as soon as they spotted Collins and Armstrong outside. Realizing they are still in danger, Taste gives the flash drive to Phil and flees with Whippit. When Phil and Claire get back in the Audi, Armstrong and Collins chase them. Phil and Claire crash the Audi head-on into a taxi, resulting in their Audi and the cab being attached at the bumpers. Both windshields are shot out, so Phil and the cab driver (J. B. Smoove) agree to drive off under the Audi's power to get away. Phil climbs into the cab to help control it (in reverse) while Claire drives the Audi, Collins and Armstrong still pursuing along with other NYPD vehicles. Phil checks the flash drive on the cab driver's Amazon Kindle and finds pictures of district attorney Frank Crenshaw (William Fichtner) with prostitutes. After evading Collins and Armstrong, they are separated by an SUV. The cab's brakes fail, causing the cab driver to jump out and Phil to ride the car into the river; Phil swims away and later says the flash drive stayed in the river.

On a subway train, Phil learns that Taste had obtained the flash drive to blackmail Crenshaw on behalf of Miletto. They return to Grant's apartment, and Grant reluctantly agrees to help them again. Phil and Claire go to an illegal strip club that Crenshaw frequents, with Claire under the guise of a new prostitute and Phil as her pimp. After doing a pole dance for Crenshaw, they confront him and tell him they are the Tripplehorns. Collins and Armstrong come in and hold them at gunpoint, taking them up to the roof with Crenshaw. Miletto arrives with henchmen and it is revealed that Crenshaw has been paid by Miletto to keep him out of jail. When Phil mentions the photos, a fight escalates between the mobsters and Crenshaw, Collins and Armstrong. Phil asks Claire to count to three, her typical method of calming their children. When she does, a helicopter appears carrying Arroyo and a SWAT team. They come onto the roof to arrest Miletto, Crenshaw, and everyone else. It is revealed that Phil was wearing a wire courtesy of Grant, who had informed Arroyo of the situation.

Afterwards, Phil and Claire have breakfast at a diner, where Phil says he would marry Claire and have their kids all over again. When they return home, they kiss passionately on the front lawn, the first time they have kissed in the film.



Filming began in mid-April 2009.[6]


Confirmed songs for the soundtrack are listed below:


Critical response[edit]

The film received positive reviews. Review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes reports that 67% of critics have given the film a positive review, based on 220 reviews, with an average score of 6.1/10.[7] Another review aggregator, Metacritic, assigned the film a weighted average score of 56 out of 100 based on 37 reviews from mainstream critics.[8] Roger Ebert gave the film three and a half stars and two thumbs up saying "If you don't start out liking the Fosters and hoping they have a really nice date night, not much else is going to work."[9] Jim Vejvoda of IGN gave the movie 3 out of 5 stars saying "Date Night suggests a lot of comedic possibilities (Wahlberg's character being just one of them, and the Fosters' escape from the police station being another example) but it never quite capitalizes on all of these set-ups. Despite these shortcomings, the film still manages to be a lot of fun".[10]

Box office[edit]

On its opening weekend, 20th Century Fox reported that Date Night grossed $27.1 million, about $200,000 more than Warner Bros. reported for Clash of the Titans. In a recount, Clash of the Titans retained the #1 spot for a second-straight weekend with $26.6 million. Date Night debuted at #2 with $25.2 million, nearly $2 million less than Fox had reported a day earlier.[11] The film has gone on to gross $98,711,404 in the United States and Canada and $53,557,629 in other countries totaling a worldwide gross of $152,269,033.[2]

Awards and nominations[edit]

The film won the Teen Choice Award for Movie Comedy and Fey won the Teen Choice Award for Movie Actress: Comedy.[12]

Home media[edit]

Date Night was released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 10, 2010.[13] The DVD includes both theatrical (88 minutes) and extended (101 minutes) versions of the film, alternate scenes, two featurettes, public service announcements, and a gag reel.[citation needed] The Blu-ray contained a digital copy while Target had an exclusive combo pack that contained the Blu-ray, a DVD copy, and a digital copy.[citation needed] The Target exclusive also had a different cover.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Date Night at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ a b c Date Night. The Numbers
  3. ^ Fritz, Ben (April 8, 2010). "Movie projector: Steve Carell, Tina Fey do battle with 'Titans'". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). Retrieved May 9, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Tatiana Siegel; Michael Fleming (2009-04-13). "Wahlberg, Franco join 'Date Night'". Variety. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  5. ^ Justin Kroll (2009-05-26). "William Fichtner". Variety. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Jay A. Fernandez (2009-05-13). "Threesome set for 'Date Night'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  7. ^ Date Night at Rotten Tomatoes
  8. ^ Date Night at Metacritic
  9. ^ Ebert, Roger (April 7, 2010). "Date Night". Chicago Sun-Times. If you don't start out liking the Fosters and hoping they have a really nice date night, not much else is going to work. 
  10. ^ Date Night Review. IGN. April 9, 2010.
  11. ^ Germain, David (2010-04-12). "'Titans' tops 'Date Night' in box-office recount". ABC News. Associated Press. Retrieved 2010-04-12. 
  12. ^ Seidman, Robert (August 8, 2010). "Winners of 'Teen Choice 2010' Awards Announced; Teens Cast More Than 85 Million Votes". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on August 9, 2010. Retrieved August 9, 2010. 
  13. ^ Date Night - DVD Sales. The Numbers

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