Date Night

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Date Night
Theatrical release poster
Directed byShawn Levy
Written byJosh Klausner
Produced byShawn Levy
CinematographyDean Semler
Edited byDean Zimmerman
Music byChristophe Beck
Distributed by20th Century Fox[1]
Release dates
  • April 6, 2010 (2010-04-06) (New York City)
  • April 9, 2010 (2010-04-09) (United States)
Running time
88 minutes[3]
CountryUnited States[1]
Budget$55 million[4][5]
Box office$152.3 million[4]

Date Night is a 2010 American romantic comedy crime film directed and produced by Shawn Levy and written by Josh Klausner. It stars Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Taraji P. Henson, Common, and Mark Wahlberg. The film tells the story of a case of mistaken identity in New York City, which turns a bored married couple's attempt at a glamorous and romantic evening into something more thrilling and dangerous.

Date Night premiered in New York City on April 6, 2010, and was released theatrically on April 9, 2010, by 20th Century Fox. It grossed $152.3 million from a $55 million budget.[3]


Phil and Claire Foster are a married couple from New Jersey with two children whose domestic life has become boring and routine. Their sex life is perfunctory and demystified. 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, 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, 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 and Armstrong, who question them about a flash drive they believe Phil and Claire stole from mobster boss Joe Miletto. Phil and Claire explain that they are not the Tripplehorns, but the men do not believe them and threaten them at gunpoint. Not seeing any other way out, Phil lies and tells them it is in a boathouse in Central Park.

At the boathouse, Claire pretends to search and while Collins and Armstrong's backs are turned, Phil hits them with a paddle and escapes with Claire in a boat. At a police station, Phil and Claire talk with Detective Arroyo 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 cellphone number of the Tripplehorns.

Claire remembers a former client, Holbrooke Grant, a security expert and James Bond-like action hero. At his apartment, Grant traces the cellphone signal to an apartment owned by Thomas 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", and his wife "Whippit" about the flash drive and Joe Miletto. It turns out that they went to the restaurant, but left when they spotted Collins. Realizing they are in danger, the couple give the flash drive to Phil and flee. When Phil and Claire get back in the Audi, Armstrong and Collins shoot at them. Phil and Claire crash the Audi into a Ford Crown Victoria taxicab, resulting in the cars being attached at the bumpers. Phil and the cab driver decide to drive off to get away. Phil climbs into the Ford to navigate while Claire navigates the Audi. Phil finds pictures of district attorney Frank Crenshaw with prostitutes on the flash drive. After evading Collins and Armstrong, they are eventually hit and separated by an SUV. The cab falls into the river; Phil and the driver escape but without the flash drive.

On the subway, Phil determines that Felton obtained the flash drive to blackmail Crenshaw. They return to Grant's apartment, and Grant is reluctant to help after becoming exhausted by their incompetence, but Phil begs and he agrees. 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 performing 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 and take 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, an argument escalates between the mobsters and Crenshaw, and Collins and Armstrong talk. Phil asks Claire to count to three (her typical method of calming their children). When she does, a helicopter appears and Arroyo and the SWAT team arrest Miletto, Crenshaw, and everyone else, as well as Collins and Armstrong. Arroyo reveals to Claire that she was notified by Grant, who supplied Phil with a wire.

After being declared heroes, Phil and Claire enjoy breakfast at a diner, where Phil admits he would marry Claire and have their kids all over again if given the chance. When they return home, they engage in enthusiastic kissing on their front lawn before lying on their backs and watching the sky.



Filming began in mid-April 2009.[7]


Confirmed songs for the soundtrack are listed below:


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 number-one spot for a second-straight weekend with $26.6 million. Date Night debuted at number two with $25.2 million, nearly $2 million less than Fox had reported a day earlier.[9] The film went on to gross $98.7 million in the United States and Canada and $53.6 million in other countries totaling a worldwide gross of $152.3 million.[4]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, the film has an approval rating of 66% based on 231 reviews and an average rating of 6.10/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "An uneasy blend of action and comedy, Date Night doesn't quite live up to the talents of its two leads, but Steve Carell and Tina Fey still manage to shine through most of the movie's flaws."[10] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 56 out of 100 based on 37 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[11] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale.[12]

Roger Ebert gave the film three and a half stars, 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."[13] 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".[14]

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.[15]

Home media[edit]

Date Night was released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 10, 2010.[16] The DVD includes both the theatrical (88 minutes) and extended (101 minutes) versions of the film, alternate scenes, two featurettes, public service announcements, and a gag reel.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Date Night (2010)". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  2. ^ 26, 2019
  3. ^ a b Date Night at Box Office Mojo
  4. ^ a b c Date Night. The Numbers
  5. ^ Fritz, Ben (April 8, 2010). "Movie projector: Steve Carell, Tina Fey do battle with 'Titans'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 9, 2010.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i Siegel, Tatiana; Fleming, Michael (April 13, 2009). "Wahlberg, Franco join 'Date Night'". Variety. Retrieved May 26, 2009.
  7. ^ a b c d e Jay A. Fernandez (May 13, 2009). "Threesome set for 'Date Night'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 26, 2009.
  8. ^ Justin Kroll (May 26, 2009). "William Fichtner". Variety. Retrieved June 19, 2009.
  9. ^ Germain, David (April 12, 2010). "'Titans' tops 'Date Night' in box-office recount". ABC News. Associated Press. Retrieved April 12, 2010.
  10. ^ Date Night at Rotten Tomatoes
  11. ^ Date Night at Metacritic Edit this at Wikidata
  12. ^ "CinemaScore". Archived from the original on September 16, 2017. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ Date Night Review. IGN. April 9, 2010.
  15. ^ 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 19, 2010. Retrieved August 9, 2010.
  16. ^ Date Night – DVD Sales. The Numbers

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