It's frustrating when the funniest parts of a movie are in the trailer. But in a new twist on an old annoyance, you have to wait until the credits roll to see the really funny stuff from Date Night, which is comprised of outtakes of stars Tina Fey and Steve Carell riffing on each other.
It seemed almost too good to be true, of course, having Tina Fey and Steve Carell costar in a comedy. Fey, known for her biting wit and bon mots, plays Claire, a real estate agent in Jersey; she belongs to a book club, she tries to sell people huge houses with pickled wood floors, and she is emphatically No Longer Sexy or Cool, as we see in the trailer. Carell, who plays her tired but more or less content husband, is talented at playing characters who retain their humanity, vulnerability, and self-awareness in even the most absurd situations (i.e. Little Miss Sunshine, The 40 Year Old Virgin), which comes into play here. In addition to his talent for playing self-important putzes as in The Office, he's also an underrated dramatic actor, as in Dan in Real Life. They both serve these talents up, but with wildly uneven results.