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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

April 6, 2010 at 10:49 AM

“Date Night,” and marriage at the movies

I’m going to see “Date Night” tonight and am hopeful that it’ll be fun, or at least better than “The Bounty Hunter” as rom-com-action movies go. (Besides, I have something of a blind adoration for Tina Fey, particularly since she’s been saying in interviews lately that her fantasy is that she’s trapped in a room full of McDonald’s French fries and has to eat her way out. I mean, what’s not to love?) And I was intrigued by this New York Times article about the movie, which says that “Date Night” follows a long tradition in which an otherwise happily married couple pep up their marriage by sleuthing or joining forces in an action-filled adventure. “The Thin Man” is of course the granddaddy of such movies — and what I’ve always loved about that movie (and its many sequels) is the playful way it depicts marriage. Movies aren’t always very kind to married people; generally what we see on the screen is more about what happens before they get married, or what happens when the marriage falls apart. So it’s hard not to root for a film whose screenwriter, Josh Klausner, describes it as “a love letter to marriage.” And any reason to think about “The Thin Man” is a good one. Let’s hope there’s a scene in “Date Night” a fraction as funny as this one, when we meet Nora Charles (Myrna Loy) for the first time.

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