The very personable Tina Fey and Steve Carell are both comedic tycoons of this era, so it was only a matter of time before the two would team up. Their successful careers are hard earned and long overdue after years of hard work.

Both play the leads in a successful NBC sitcom: Fey created her self-referential 30 Rock based on her time as SNL’s head writer, and Carrell stars in the American version of The Office. Both shows rewrote the book on comedy. So does pairing them together work? Absolutely. If it wasn’t for their undeniable chemistry and comedic chops, Date Night would have amounted to nothing more than a big, flat splash.

Date Night opens with the Fosters; a committed couple worn out by the status quo. Their marriage has withered to a laundry list of daily routines, even their once- a-week date night is now a burden, where they have to go through the same motions over and over again. Fed up with the monotony, the married couple embarks on an impulsive binge with some zany results.

Driving away from their New Jersey suburb to a trendy fish restaurant in NYC only to find it fully booked, the Fosters spontaneously claim someone else’s reservation. It turns out that the table was booked to a nefarious couple attracting some serious heat. What follows is a paint-by-number mistaken identity scenario– think Dumb and Dumber, only condensed into a single night.

We get to meet a rotating cast of supporting characters played by Kristen Wiig, Mark Ruffalo, James Franco and Mila Kunis, as well as a hunky, shirtless Mark Wahlberg, who, in the movie’s funniest running joke, is perpetually pleaded to put a shirt on.

Director Levy bought us the Night at the Museum films, and didn’t set out to make a laughing riot with this film. Date Night‘s humour is more slice-of-life with economically distributed laugh-out-loud moments. Between the laughs and the thrills, there are surprisingly earnest scenes of reconciliation; the movie’s saving grace next to the lead performances. Equally interesting is the choice to shoot the film on Hi-Def as it gives it this subtle grittiness and sense of realism, putting it a cut above your average trite comedy.

Comedies aren’t exactly known for their envelope-pushing narrative, but you would expect something more substantial from Fey and Carell. Your best bet for a hearty laugh right now, Date Night might leave more to be desired, but it will most certainly leave a charming impression.