Opening This Weekend: Tina Fey and Steve Carell’s Big Night

Spring is in the air, and that can mean only one thing: high-concept romantic comedies that wouldn’t necessarily find an audience in the crowded summer months! Here’s our handy guide to the week’s new releases—by which we pretty much mean …

Date Night

What’s the story: A funny thing about Date Night: If it starred anyone but Tina Fey and Steve Carell, you’d probably view the comedy as cinematic arsenic. Ms. Fey and Mr. Carell play a married couple who attempt to spice up their boring routine by going out for the night in Manhattan. Unfortunately, a case of mistaken identity sends them running from cops, crooks and a whole assorted mess of trouble. The premise seems like some studio amalgam of The Out-of-Towners and After Hours, but since Shawn Levy (he of Night at the Museum fame) directs, don’t go in expecting Neil Simon or Martin Scorsese. The reviews confirm as much, so consider yourself warned.

Who should see it: Liz Lemon and Michael Scott.

Also opening this weekend: La Mission, in which Benjamin Bratt gives the performance of his career, and the highly skippable horror film After.Life. (Beware movie titles with innovative punctuation.)

Opening This Weekend: Tina Fey and Steve Carell’s Big Night