So then, putting away falsehood, let all of
us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we
are members of one another.
Tina Fey and Steve Carell are fun to watch as Phil and Claire Foster in this cautionary tale ( “Never steal someone else’s reservation at a fancy restaurant!” ) about a New Jersey couple trying to recapture some romance in their marriage when they learn that their friends are getting a divorce. They learn all too well that Paul’s admonition is the best policy, and that falsehood can have dire consequences. Deciding to eat at a fancy restaurant in Manhattan, they discover that it is full, it being a Friday night. The snooty deskman is not about to accommodate them. They go to the bar, and when the name of a party is called out and nobody responds, Phil jumps up to claim that he and Claire are the party.
Phil’s lie leads to a case of mistaken identity when two goons show up at their table demanding that the couple return a stolen zip drive to their gangster boss. They are chased all over Manhattan, afraid to trust the police when they see at a precinct station that the two goons are themselves policemen. They must use all their wits and the help of a wealthy client Claire had once known in her real estate business. A combination of romance and madcap chase, the film is marred by a vulgar scene in a sex club. Despite this, it provides an enjoyable hour and a half romp for a couple wanting its own date night. Just make sure that you make reservations for dinner in advance, and if you don’t, go somewhere else—don’t lie about it.