Television stars in feature films are all the rage this week, with actors from The Office, The Cleaner, Californication, Happy Town, Leverage and two actors from 30 Rock getting leading roles. Of course, in a lot of these cases, we'd rather watch them on TV for free.
Hey, remember the Titans? Somebody did, and they must have given them bad word-of-mouth, because Clash of the Titans has dropped off 56% in its second weekend, making only $26.7 million and almost allowing the Tina Fey-Steve Carell comedy Date Night to squeak into first place with $25.2 million. Granted, Titans has made a total of $230 million worldwide so far, and we doubt Date Night will ever make that much money, but it's hardly an even fight. While Titans has the Kraken, all Date Night could unleash was Mark Wahlberg's pecs. Magnificent, to be sure, but not really worth riding a pegasus around.
Fans of 30 Rock and The Office rejoice! The stars of both shows respectively are teaming up to play a married couple in Shawn Levy's upcoming Date Night. Steve Carrell and Tina Fey, masters of uncomfortable comedy and hilarious slapstick, will embark on a series of comic misadventures in the 2009 release. Variety says Josh Klausner's script "follows a couple who find their routine date night becomes much more than just dinner and a movie." Since Steve and Tina are married, I know one thing that won't be happening on their eventful date night: Sex!
The new movie Date Night, in which Steve Carell and Tina Fey star as a suburban couple haplessly stuck in the middle of some sort of crime spree for an evening's time, is the latest installment in the grand tradition of "up-all-night" movies. To commemorate the occasion, I've pulled together my favorite cult classics of the underappreciated genre and listed them here. Feel free to peruse and then promptly tell me all of the ones I forgot.
After briefly losing out to the still-popular How to Train Your Dragon, which initially reported $20 million in kiddie tickets for the weekend, R-rated not-so-superhero movie Kick-Ass came out on top in its opening bow. Its $19.8 million beats Dragon's third-week $19.6 million and, combined with its overseas income, recoups its budget, hopefully making the prospect of a sequel more likely. Because if there's one thing we love more than little girls beating up criminals, it's watching those little girls grow up to lead productive lives.
I know, I know -- Steve Carrell and Tina Fey sounds like a match made in Heaven. I thought so, too. Who doesn't love 30 Rock, when it doesn't rely too much on guest stars, and who didn't love The Office back before it had slowly begun eating its own tail, like the Midgard Serpent? Sadly, this is not 30 Rock: The Movie, nor is it even a recent, sub-par episode of The Office. This is a movie featuring the stars of Baby Mama and Evan Almighty, and as such it is nowhere near as funny as I half-hoped it would be.