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.
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.
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!
Bill Murray still loves the ladies. While promoting City of Ember, the comedian told MTV that he was pulling for one of today's "funny girls" to join the squad in the new film, currently being penned by two writers from The Office. As long as the movie gets made, I don't care if one of the new 'Busters is an orangutan named Clyde, but a female proton packer would be a good idea. (For proof, look at Janine Melnitz in the Real Ghostbusters cartoon.) Sadly, it doesn't sound like Murray will be involved, but the fact that he's thinking about the movie at all is great.
The Tribeca Film Festival in New York City opens tonight, bringing with it a more streamlined approach than usual. Variety says there are 25% less movies and a more centralized means of getting to them, addressing prior complaints from former attendees like me. The festival, co-created by Bobby De Niro to stimulate downtown Manhattan activity after September 11th, is in its seventh year and has the usual mix of the obscure and the mainstream. While the Tribeca Fest doesn't have the Upper West Side snootiness of the New York Film Festival, the French snobbishness of Cannes nor the ghost of Harvey Weinstein a la Sundance, it does have Travis Bickle shooting you at close range if you act up at a screening. So be on your best behavior if you go.