Date Night



Funny duo packs in the silly sex jokes, plus minor gun play.
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  • Review Date: April 9, 2010
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 88 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The ultimate message is one that reinforces the positive aspects of a traditional marriage and the monogamous relationship, despite their many challenges, including monotony, irksome behavior, and even temptation. The husband says he does things he doesn't like because that's part of marriage and it's important to him to make his wife happy. Also, he asks his wife to trust more of the day-to-day household management to him and release some of her resentments. Through the ordeal, they are able to see one another in a new light and rekindle their affection.

Positive role models

The main characters are in love and seem to be good parents, but are also reckless, bumbling
incompetents in the face of extraordinary circumstances. They lie,
steal, and break into a store under extreme duress. Law
enforcement officers are either honorable good guys, or corrupt


Lots of action with characters held at gunpoint, heavy gunfire, and
dangerous gangsters. The hero and heroine are constantly on the run,
captured and menaced by two or more very bad guys. A lengthy car chase
results in huge numbers of car crashes. All of the action, however, is
intended to be comedic with no real threat of
injury or death.


A very long sequence takes place in a strip club with women in various
states of undress (no actual nudity), sexual posing, dancing, and
cavorting with customers. A pole dance scene is played strictly for
laughs. There is some kissing and embracing between couples, but no
overt sexual activity. Lots of sexual innuendo throughout, including repeated scenes with a shirtless Mark Wahlberg, and discussion about the possibility of group sex. The final shot finds a married
couple, fully clothed, embracing and rolling together in the grass.


Language is coarse throughout, including one use of "f--k," and several uses of: "s--t," "vagina," dumbass,"  "pissed," and "asshole." Repeated
use of "penis," "bitch," "whore," "whacked off," etc. Many uses of "God" and "Goddamn" as exclamations. There are sexual
innuendos from beginning to end, all intended as humor. Several references to menstruation.


Kindle has a major product placement in one short scene. In another scene a bus stop ad features Dentyne gum prominently. Some fancy cars. Brief references to Radio Shack and Diet Sprite.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Wine is served with meals and in one scene the couple gets fairly tipsy and goofy. There are scenes in both a cocktail bar and
a strip club which show many people drinking. One mention of the drug "nitrous" referring to a girl nicknamed "Whip-It."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this farcical comedy, filled with the kind of pratfalls, comic car chases, and silly humor of Tina Fey and Steve Carell that appeal to teens, is geared more toward adults. It contains sexual innuendo and coarse language
throughout, plus mature themes related to married life, and episodes of violence and gunplay -- all played for humor. One
long sequence takes place in a strip club and includes near-nude women,
suggestive dancing, and the threat of violent behavior. There are
multiple discussions of menstruation, infidelity, and sexual
misbehavior. Strong language abounds ("asshole," "s--t," "penis,"
"whore" and one use of  "f--k"). The leading characters are held at gunpoint and
shot at many times, however, it's all comedic action and no one is
injured or killed. One comic car chase results in dozens of crashes,
shattered windows, a character hanging onto carhood, and a main character ending up in a river, unharmed.

What's the story?

After some seemingly happy friends decide to separate, Phil and Claire Foster (Steve Carell and Tina Fey) wonder about the solidity of their own marriage. Have

Is it any good?


The pleasure and laughs in Date Night come from the physical comedy,
special chemistry, wry humor, and remarkable talent of the movie's two
stars. It's a film to sit back and enjoy, without thinking too hard about realism. Forget the silliness of the
plot; it's simply the engine that drives the movie and allows the
filmmakers to follow the antics of the Fosters and introduce other
off-beat and vibrant characters (played by the hilarious James Franco, Ray Liotta, Mila Kunis,
and a perpetually shirtless Mark Wahlberg).

As the chase continues, the characters stop runnning
long enough (and the audience stops laughing long enough) to see some
very real and recognizable private moments between Phil and Claire.
Competent direction, a script that tries to bring some logic to the
proceedings, along with the chronically funny characters and material,
make the film seem spontaneous and even heartfelt amid all the
boisterous merriment. Teens might find the slapstick humor funny, but they'll miss the jokes aimed at long-term couples and perhaps even scoff at the sentimental moments.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about danger and violence in the movie. Did you ever feel that the main characters were in serious jeopardy? What tools did the filmmakers use to show that it was all in fun and there was no real danger?

  • The movie had lots of sexual humor. How was the humor different from other movies where sex plays a prominent role? Did the fact that some of the sex jokes involved married people make them more or less funny? Why or why not?

  • What did the Fosters learn about themselves during their adventure? How did they surprise each other?

  • Would it surprise you to learn that the pole dancing scene was neither

  • scripted nor rehearsed? Describe "improvisation" and talk about other

  • instances in movies and on television where the material might have

  • been improvised.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:April 9, 2010
DVD release date:August 9, 2010
Cast:Mark Wahlberg, Steve Carell, Tina Fey
Director:Shawn Levy
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Run time:88 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:sexual and crude content throughout, language, some violence and a drug reference

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Adult Written byMPVS2 September 25, 2010

Not for 13 year old kids!

Hate it !!! Should not be rated PG13!!!! Watch out - the sexual talk is over the top. Comments about "the back door", asking if they want to be sexual partners - just ridiculous! I can't believe this is rated PD 13 and not R. Also has the lovely "F" word in it.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Parent of a 4, 6, 14, and 16 year old Written byhighlander91 September 20, 2010

An OK movie

Some really funny parts, but overall just ok. Maybe it was the melancholy marriage bit that made it feel a little heavy. Kids won't get the marriage stuff and they could have left out a bunch of the language.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages
Parent of a 13, 13, 13, and 13 year old Written bymimsy17 August 11, 2010
An R movie for sexual content and language that was somehow given a PG-13 rating.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing


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