PLOT SUMMARY: Boring married couple steals a reservation at a restaurant, causing a case of mistaken identity that causes them to be involved with criminals.
UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): Karma is a bitch for reservation-stealers.
PEOPLE: Starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey. They work really well together as a married couple, though Carell is definitely the funnier one. With Mark Wahlberg aka Marky Mark (Dirk Diggler from Boogie Nights), Taraji P. Henson as the good cop (Queenie from The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button), bad cops played by Jimmi Simpson (The Invention Of Lying, the virtual man from Virtuality) and Common, and a D.A. played by William Fichtner (Blades Of Glory, Ultraviolet, Equilibrium, Strange Days, Go, Armageddon). Brief roles by Mila Kunis (Jackie from That 70’s Show, Meg from Family Guy, Extract), Kristen Wiig (never gets enough camera time!) (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Walk Hard, Extract, Adventureland, The Brothers Solomon, Knocked Up), James Franco (Harry Osborn in the Spider-Man movies, Pineapple Express). And of course the cabbie is Leon from Curb Your Enthusiasm!
QUIRKS: It’s a comedy-crime-romance film. I’m not sure if that’s the right order. It might be crime-comedy-romance. Or maybe it’s more comedy in the beginning, crime in the middle, and romance at the very end? It’s an interesting combination. The last action movie I saw that had this much comedy in it was possibly Big Nothing (but it had no romance).
SOUNDTRACK: Not particularly remarkable to me, but it opened with Ramones‘s Blitzkrieg Bop.
MORALS: Authority sucks. But kids suck even more.
POLITICS: Politicians are corrupt.
CONCLUSION: It’s not a 5-star comedy OR a 5-star action/crime/thriller movie, but the two aspects combined made this a successful 4-star movie. Carolyn & I both had a great time watching this. Carrel and Fey work really well together, and they threw in just enough jokes and ridiculous situations to keep the laughs coming — up until the action and romance took over at the climax (which is to be expected in a movie like this).
Also, this movie just reaffirms how shitty it is to have children, and how they take away your freedom.
RECOMMENDATION: Carrel & Fey fans should check this out.
SIMILAR MOVIES: Big Nothing, but add romance.
MOVIE QUOTE: Phil Foster: He turned the gun sideways! That’s a kill shot!
Mood: Pantiara was right!
Music: Kreator – Depression Unrest