About Last Night (2014)–Movie Review

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3 Stars

About Last Night posterAbout Last Night (IMDB) is a fairly predictable romantic comedy, but it’s funny enough that is doesn’t feel like a waste of time. As movies released on Valentine’s Day go, this is probably one of the better ones.

The movie is about two couples. Bernie (Kevin Hart) and Joan (Regina Hall) are wild and crazy party-goers. Bernie has a business associate named Danny (Michael Ealy) and Joan has a roommate named Debbie (Joy Bryant); both are sensible normal people. Because Bernie and Joan have become an item, Danny and Debbie meet.

The story is mostly about Danny and Debbie who are the only ones the average movie-goer is likely to identify with. However, let’s face it–Danny and Debbie are kind of boring. It is Bernie and Joan who provide all the laughs and make the movie work as entertainment.

This is a remake of a 1986 movie, which in turn was based on David Mamet’s 1974 play Sexual Perversity in Chicago. David Mamet’s title was much more memorable but the movie producers felt that they had to change it, probably because they wanted to set the story in Los Angeles. (OK, it really had more to do with the fact that the average American doesn’t know the difference between “perversity” and “perversion”.)

Anyway, as I said, it’s a predictable story, but there are worse ways to spend an afternoon.