Everyone knows, if something's trending on Twitter, it's probably the most important thing ever and it demands that we stop everything we're doing to read every last tweet branded with the corresponding hashtag. This week, those magnetic topics include the Grammys (hosted by professional Grammys host LL Cool J), the State of the Union address (or the two-and-a-half hours we spent trying to solve the mystery of Joe Biden's sparkling demon eyes), the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (won by a huggable ball of fluff named Banana Joe), the never-ending Carnival Cruise from hell (but hey, they all get another free cruise!), Lady Gaga's canceled tour (does she even have a new album out?), and of course, the Pope quitting Pope-hood (to do what? Doesn't he already spend all day reading and praying?). Naturally, we were able to gauge our interest in these topics based on the level of funny being churned out by our favorite Twitter personalities.
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Without further ado, here are our favorite tweets of the week:
1. Joel McHale (@joelmchale): "Why are there asterisks in the song title for Jay-Z and Kanye's "N****s in Paris"? You can't say "Nachos in Paris" on TV? #GrammysWithJoel" on Feb. 10
2. Danny Zuker (@DannyZuker): "Saw Chris Brown on the Red Carpet so to recap: Side Boob not allowed, but Full Asshole totally cool. #Grammys" on Feb. 10
3. Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs): "Downton Abbey just won best show to change the channel to. #Grammys #DowntonAbbey" on Feb. 10
4. Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack): "Somebody got a new hair dryer, Eric Cantor!!!" on Feb. 12
5. Billy Eichner (@billyeichner): "Did Obama mention House of Cards? #Netflix" on Feb. 12
6. Josh Groban (@joshgroban): "Right now Ted Nugent is strolling around our nations capital with a crossbow lookin' to make some pigeon jerky! #tourism #hunger #insane" on Feb. 12
7. Julie Klausner (@julieklausner): "President Banana Joe will be giving his #SOTU in ten minutes. It will be abut squeaky toys mostly. Good bye." on Feb. 12
8. Kristen Schaal (@kristenschaaled): "If she wants, I'll step in and finish the rest of Gaga's tour. For her fans. And for a chance to wear the tuna tartar tutu or whatever." on Feb. 14
9. Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt): "HUMAN CENTIPEDE 3: CARNIVAL CRUISE" on Feb. 15
10. Stephen Colbert (@StephenatHome): "It's Ash Wednesday-- and we all know what the pope gave up for Lent!" on Feb. 13
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In fact it probably never could have — at least not with director Shawn Levy (The Pink Panther Night at the Museum) overseeing the action. Soon after Fey and Carell emerge on-screen playing a suburban married couple whose relationship has devolved into a dull domestic routine the mistake of their pairing becomes evident. Seeing them together serves only to heighten our recall of their TV work and we can’t help but pine for them as Liz Lemon and Michael Scott. But in Date Night they are stubbornly moored to their portrayals of Phil and Claire Foster two entirely normal people who get along perfectly well but who’ve grown a little bored with their daily lives.
Normal of course isn’t ever very funny (if it were Mormons would rule the stand-up circuit). As such the humor in Date Night is supposed to emanate from the extraordinary circumstances with which the Fosters are faced (a case of mistaken identity makes them the target of corrupt cops and the centerpiece of a criminal conspiracy) the desperate lengths they go to get out of trouble and the interesting personalities they meet along the way. None of which unfortunately director Levy or screenwriter Josh Klausner are equipped to provide. As a result two very funny actors are left to twist in the wind for nearly 90 minutes.
What the film cries out for most is a quality supporting player a Dwight Schrute or a Tracy Jordan to enliven the action and give stars Fey and Carell something — anything — to play against but no one in Date Night proves up to the task. Not the mirthless one-dimensional goons tailing the Fosters. Not the mobster played by Ray Liotta who looks more tired of his novelty Goodfellas shtick than we are. And most certainly not Mark Wahlberg whose comic routine in Date Night involves his face playing straight man to his pectorals.
The action is briefly energized by James Franco and Mila Kunis appearing together in a hilarious surprise cameo (oops!) as a feuding miscreant couple. Their comic spark instantly eclipses that of Fey and Carell yielding more laughs in a two-minute span than the two stars are able to conjure throughout the entirety of the film. Unfortunately for us they leave Date Night almost as quickly as they arrive taking their spark with them.