Cross Your Fingers, Tina Fey and Steve Carell Plan a 'Date Night'

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It makes too much sense really – pairing up NBC Thursday-mates and multiple Emmy award nominees Tina Fey (who’s won a couple) and Steve Carell in a love and marriage feature comedy. It’s a natural, chocolate-in-the-peanut butter type combination that Fox has envisioned, signing the two to star in Date Night, playing a married couple with a routine date night out on the town that inevitably turns into a mishap adventure (Variety). While hardly the most unique of storylines, the assumed comic chemistry between Fey and Carell should be plenty enough to elevate the material, or so you’d hope. An optimist could see potential in this – perhaps the next great romcom team since Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan put together their string of hits. A pessimist might take odds on the chances of a major heartbreak, because that’s what pessimists do.

You may consider Carell’s leveled off box office success following The 40 Year Old Virgin and Little Miss Sunshine, and Fey’s good, but still somewhat shaky lead debut with Baby Mama, but those aren’t the red flags that might temper early enthusiasm. No, the most worrisome thing about Date Night is in regards to the uninspired selections for both the director and screenwriter: Shawn Levy, who besides helming Ben Stiller’s Night at the Museum, has a history of short run TV series and overly broad movies for a well-past-his-prime Steve Martin (Cheaper by the Dozen, The Pink Panther) and the 2003 Aston Kutcher & Britany Murphy stinker, Just Married. The script comes from Josh Klausner, whose claim to greatness is the Shrek 3 screenplay, and whatever Shrek sequel comes next. (Is there a PG-13 in the future for this grown-up comedy?) There’s already some possible dream team casting working in favor of Date Night – the talent behind the lens will need to rise to the challenge and expectation level.

Posted by Ted Zee on August 15th 2008 | Home Page | 1 Comment Subscribe to this site's feed

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