Date Night is a 2010 romantic/action/comedy film starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey as a hapless New Jersey couple - Phil and Claire Foster. They had been married for a while and were comfortable with each other, and always made sure to arrange a date night.A couple that is friends with them is getting happily divorced because they had gotten bored with each other; Phil and Claire are told independently that they need to spice up their life. So Phil spontaneously decides to take Claire to the exclusive restaurant Claw. Unfortunately, Phil tends to have bad luck with spontaneous plans. This restaurant is so exclusive that reservations have to be made months in advance. So they spontaneously decide to steal another couple's reservation, the Tripplehorns.Unfortunately, someone is after the Tripplehorns and a flash drive that couple possesses, and they don't know Phil and Claire aren't them. After all, the Tripplehorns aren't really the Tripplehorns, either. Phil and Claire are mugged and feel forced to bluff that they know where the flash drive is. The rest of the film is Phil and Claire's attempt to get through the night without being killed or endangering their family at home. This involves skills, knowledge, and connections they didn't know they had, plus a few that they don't have, and multiple near-disasters.It placed second in its box-office clash with the infamous remake of Clash of the Titans, but it was well-received, with critics noted great chemistry between Carell and Fey.The movie provides examples of:
All Is Well That Ends Well: Even though the police know they are directly responsible for breaking and entering, information theft, the destruction of a New York City Cab, quite a few parked cars and a substantial number of police cars, they get off just fine in the end with nary a slap on the wrist. Seems like their Hero Insurance was paid up.
All-Star Cast: Up to 11: Carrell. Fey. Franco. Kunis. Wahlberg. Ruffalo. Fichtner. Wiig.
Blind Without 'Em: Phil wears Claire's glasses when they disguise themselves as a snooty upper class couple, forcing her to get the information they came for by pressing her face right up to the computer screen.
Brick Joke: At the beginning, at home, Claire bangs her shins on drawers someone had left open. Halfway through the movie it happens twice more and it turns out it must have been Phil, since leaving drawers open is a bad habit of his.
Buffy Speak: "We just call it the computer sticky-thing!"
Earlier on, Phil refers to risotto as "that rice thing".
California Doubling: The scenes that are obviously Manhattan were really filmed there, but almost everything else wasn't. All or most of the car chase was filmed in downtown Los Angeles, and both Phil and Claire's house and the house Claire is shown trying to sell in the beginning are located on the same street in Pasadena, rather than somewhere in New Jersey.
Protagonist-Centered Morality: The Fosters, in the course of one night, deal massive amounts of property damage to several cars, commit grand theft auto, drive recklessly / assault citizens with a vehicle, are caught on camera breaking and entering, invade a couple's home, illegally access the GPS chip in a cell phone, assault two police officers, and possibly obstruct justice. We never see any sort of comeuppance on their behalf, and it's almost implied that since they helped break the case, they get to walk off scot-free.
Somewhat justified in that they bring down a conspiracy that goes all the way up to the district attorney. Any subsequent attempt to prosecute them would look like retribution. Though they will end up paying Holbrooke for his Audi (would YOU cross him after what they saw?)
Running Gag: Everyone acting all offended that the main character's took the Tripplehorns' reservation.