Steve Carell and Tina Fey are first class members of this generation’s group of comedy geniuses. On April 9, 2010, fans and viewers alike will get to see the two comedy aces shine together as they play a married couple in the action-comedy, Date Night.
Date Night is about Phil and Clara Foster (Carell, Fey), a couple who is hoping to add some spark to their marriage by changing their normal date routine. They decide to go to a popular New York restaurant, without reservations, and they steal the reservation of another couple after not being seated. They soon realize, after being harassed by strangers, that the couple (Mila Kunis, James Franco) they’re being mistaken for, are not exactly law abiding citizens. The Fosters must then go on the run and do whatever it takes to keep themselves alive.
Carell and Fey, both alums of Chicago’s famed Second City, have become critical darlings for their work on The Office and 30 Rock, respectively. Carell shot to fame as a correspondent on Comedy Central‘s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Fey, who formerly held the positions of head writer and cast member on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, has been catapulted into stardom due to her ability to write and perform her own unique material.
This coupling seems like a sure thing. It’s hard to believe that it’s taken this long to get Carell and Fey together on the big screen. They both have such well known comedic delivery and timing that Date Night should be another opportunity for these two to do what they do best. As members of Second City, they were able to hone their improvisational skills and it’s quite possible that their training played a big role in adding to the words they were already given. When the DVD comes out, there’s a strong possibility the “extras” section will be filled with outtakes.
Director, Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Cheaper by the Dozen), put himself ahead of the game by casting these two guaranteed funny faces. Carell and Fey may very well become a classic comedy duo after this film hits theaters.