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06 Jun 2014

Blu-Ray Review: 'About Last Night' Is a Big Improvement on the Original '80s Flick

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About Last Night is definitely not just another unnecessary remake of an ’80s film: Kevin Hart and company have made the latest adaptation of David Mamet’s play, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, a wildly entertaining endeavor.

Hart lights up any film—even when they stink. Here, he plays Bernie, a player who finds himself in a relationship with the fiery Joan (Regina Hall). While Bernie and Joan experience a wild rollercoaster ride of sex and spats, Bernie’s best bud, Danny (Michael Ealy), winds up dating Joan’s best friend, Debbie (Joy Bryant). The two have a one-night stand that turns into a long-term relationship—replete with all the problems of a relationship that heated up too quickly.

The main reason to see the film is the pairing of Hart and Hall, who are a crack-up under the direction of Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine). However, Ealy and Bryant also make an appealing and intriguing screen couple, so the movie doesn’t nosedive when the action switches to them. Pink shows that his strengths go beyond broad comedy; he handles some of the stronger dramatic elements just fine.

It’s better than the original, which starred Rob Lowe, Demi Moore and flippin’ James Belushi. Screw that movie—even if Moore was naked for half of the film. 

Special Features: There’s not much to watch on the special-features front, although there is a relatively interesting look at how they remade the movie.

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