Although the language is a little rougher, at its heart, “About Last Night” is your standard romcom with some surprising chemistry. A remake of the Demi Moore/Rob Lowe 1986 film, the 2014 version is much funnier and just more entertaining to watch. Directed by Steve Pink with screenplay by Leslye Headland (based on the 1986 screenplay by Tim Kazurinsky and Denise DeClu, which was based on David Mamet’s “Sexual Perversity in Chicago”), “About Last Night” 2014 is set in Los Angeles and centers on two couples —Bernie (Kevin Hart) and Joan (Regina Hall) and Danny (Michael Ealy) and Debbie (Joy Bryant).
The film begins with Bernie telling Danny about the woman (Joan) with whom he just had a one night stand and what a wild night it was. While he is regaling Danny with his story, Joan is sharing the details of the same evening with her roommate, Debbie. What’s really entertainingly humorous is getting both sides of the same one night stand. As the opening scene progresses, the foursome meet up at a favorite bar and wouldn’t you know it, Danny and Debbie hit it off, too. And with that we’re off to the races.
Danny and Debbie are a quiet-spoken couple who take love and relationships seriously. Their romance follows the traditional trajectory. With Bernie and Joan—who knows what to make of these two? Noisy, belligerent…they might be a case of can’t live with…can’t live without. I write this with a smile, but to say they are the couple from Hell is putting it mildly. That’s what makes “About Last Night” a fun ride. We can see where we’re headed with Danny and Debbie, but Bernie and Joan keep us on our toes.
The movie has a good supporting cast which involves them in subplots about careers, past romances and friendships. These plot points help make the film more dimensional and well-rounded, definitely adding to “About Last Night’s” appeal.
Michael Ealy and Joy Bryant are meant to be the two leads and they are fine…but their story alone is not very interesting. I never thought I’d be writing this, but thank goodness for Kevin Hart. Together with Regina Hall, the two really ignite the screen. Granted, a little of them goes a long way, but they are still terrific. Hart actually acts and is great and Hall matches him step for step. The two of them will next be seen in “Think Like a Man Too,” so we’ll have to see if their chemistry holds.
“About Last Night” wonderfully showcases Los Angeles…both in the daytime and especially at night. I don’t think the city has ever looked so beautiful and inviting.
“About Last Night” doesn’t break any new romcom territory, but it is fun and far superior to its predecessor.