Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Mark Wahlberg |
REVIEWED BY SARA VILKOMERSON
For fans of The Office and 30 Rock-and if you aren’t, why in the name of Michael Scott and Liz Lemon not?-Date Night showcases a divine comedy coupling: a brilliantly matched Fey and Carell as a New Jersey couple looking to jump-start their sleepy marriage with a night out in New York City. The script opts for madcap humor over the kind of biting wit that both comics pull off so well. But Carell and Fey, whose characters are ensnared in a case of mistaken identity, can wring laughs even out of the film’s broad setups. Look for a funny spot by Mark Wahlberg, along with knowing humor about the kind of unsexy inertia that strikes every married couple sooner or later. Mostly, the comic crackle between Fey and Carell makes them the ultimate double date.
Carey Mulligan, Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon | R |
Bring tissues to this one-many, many tissues. After a couple (Sarandon and Brosnan) are shattered by the death of their son, they learn that the woman (An Education’s Mulligan) who survived the fatal car crash is pregnant with their grandchild. In the tradition of Ordinary People, this movie poignantly portrays the complex process of grieving and the different ways a family is made.
Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too?
Tyler Perry, Janet Jackson, Jill Scott | PG-13 |
Four couples from the original Married return for an island-retreat getaway, only to find they can’t escape their insecurities and infidelities. The bickering lasts all the way home, where the melodramatic script turns the ill-equipped Jackson into a histrionic harpy and concludes with remarkable tidiness. Blessedly, film vets Louis Gossett Jr. and Cicely Tyson, in small but lovely roles, give Married the heart and hopefulness the other couples lack.