Director Nash Edgerton, working from a script by his brother Joel, understands that when you're putting a puzzle together, some of the pieces have rounded corners -- but a lot of them have sharp edges that draw blood.
Given the track record of director Shawn Levy, I approached Date Night with a certain amount of dread -- OK, a lot of dread. So let me say straight off that Date Night isn't terrible -- and I mean that as the mildest of praise.
Perrier's Bounty is delicious and propulsive, a film that rarely pauses to let the viewer catch his breath. It's an expert blend of thrills, laughs and jeopardy - like a strong Irish coffee with a jolt of pepper.
All the warning signs are there: it's the 4th film, it's in 3D, virtually all of the original creative talent (aside from the actors) have moved on. Has the law of diminishing returns caught up with Shrek Forever After? Yes and no -- but mostly no.