A Week In Film #240: Heading into midsummer

Date Night title screen
Date Night
Fairly amusing romcom, with Steve Carell and Tina Fey as a weary couple well past the excitement stage, who get embroiled in some serious shenanigans after trying to rekindle the spark in their relationship in a fancy restaurant where they are mistaken for somebody else.

Similar to Out Of Hours but made with fratpack personnel, and with the boorishness dialled down.

Parker title screen
Promising hardboiled revenger with The Stath, based on a Donald Westlake novel – but then it all goes a bit wang. Nice introductory heist that goes (inevitably) wrong – up to this point we’re talking a Prime Cuts sort of thing, with a more Charley Varrick vibe.

Then it comes over two parts Point Blank to one part Out Of Sight, and with much less style than either. I’m not a Taylor Hackford fan, but even by my low expectations this is not one of his best.

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