Synopsis: A case of mistaken identity propels a couple into an unforgettable adventure.
Release Date: April 8, 2010 MPAA Rating: PG-13
In an attempt to escape the monotony of marriage, Clara (Tina Fey) and Phil (Steve Carell), head out for a night on the town. The result of this escape from the humdrum is a film bordering on just that; leaving the viewer to ponder whether staying home with their kids, a good book, or even quiet solitude would have been time better spent. There is simply not enough of an upbeat temperament to the film. It continually reminds us that this is a couple who lives a life lacking in excitement. They do not bicker, for these two people do honestly love and like each other, but they never let loose just enough to give the movie a hell on wheels level of excitement it desperately needs. When things do pick up everything suddenly comes to a crashing halt as marital counseling sessions make an inappropriate appearance. Time passes slowly as they meander through the city on the run from two corrupt cops who have been mislead that they are another couple. The role of mistaken identity is far too simple and the stupidity of all involved who believe Clara and Phil could be masterminds behind stealing from one of the most dangerous mobsters in town is hilarious in itself. It is a shame that the movie falls below expectations and is no more than a sad excuse to believe entertainment could be derived from placing two popular comedians on screen together. It takes more than star power to make a comedy great, as this film demonstrates quite clearly.
You will completely buy into Clara (Fey) and Phil (Carell) as a married couple who has lost their spark. They move along with ease and have moments where the dry wit of both characters, and their comedian counterparts, is pitch perfect. There simply is nothing that develops between the two characters to bridge the gap between lackluster and exuberant chemistry. We do not hate the two of them together but the story never gives us a reason to absolutely love them either. The two may be better suited given different circumstances and a more well-written script but in this film there is no opportunity for us to really feel the two of them together, for better or worse.
There are a few great laughs. A couple decent ones. Then quite a few that are trying way too hard to get you to laugh, and you do not. The dryer humor of Carell and Fey is well used and there are definite signs of improvisation throughout. For fans of Carell and Fey this movie may come as a dream come true in their coupling on screen but unfortunately it results in no more than a few cheap laughs and lots of mild smiling.
Cast and Crew
- Director(s): Shawn Levy
- Producer(s): Josh KlausnerTina Fey (Clara Foster)
- Screenwriter(s): Steve Carell (Phil Foster)Ray Liotta (Joe Miletto)
- Cast: Dean ZimmermanDean SemlerDavid Gropman
- Cinematographer: Christophe Beck
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- Country Of Origin: USA