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About Last Night (2014)


Let’s face it, all meaningful relationships start with a one night stand.

Danny (Michael Ealy) and Bernie (Kevin Hart) are best friends who work together, go to the clubs and bars together, party together and even pick-up women together. Sure, Bernie’s a bit more of a loose-cannon than Danny is, but they enjoy each other’s company and never let a nice screw with a woman get in the way of their undying friendship. However, things change for both of these guys when they end-up getting involved with two women that not only take themselves by surprise, but each other as well. Danny starts seeing and getting very serious with Debbie (Joy Bryant), the type of girl that seems perfect for him, that is, until he starts having doubts about giving up his freedom and not being his own man; whereas Bernie has a bit of a “friends with benefits” thing going on with Joan (Regina Hall), all until she decides to drop the dreaded, “L word” and screw everything up for all of them. Not just her and Bernie, but Danny and Debbie, too, as they begin to run into more and more fights as they grow more accustomed to one another and realize that maybe there are still more fish out there in the sea.

As most of you may already know by now, I disliked the hell out of the 1986 original with practically most of my heart. So, that’s why, even though I had my reservations, I went into this with a slightly better mind-set. I knew it would be more of a “modern re-boot” of that story, change-up the humor a bit and, if at all possible, make me believe in any of these people banging, loving one another and deciding as to whether or not they should spend the rest of their lives with on another. The fact that I couldn’t believe that for a single second in the original, really killed it, but could they improve that problem here?

Oh no! She's wearing your shirt, man! SHE'S WEARING YOUR SHIRT!! Game over, man!

Oh no! She’s wearing your shirt, man! SHE’S WEARING YOUR SHIRT!! Game over, man!

Well, sorta, but not really. See, here’s the thing with this movie: While it isn’t a note-by-note remake of the original (thank heavens for that), there’s still plenty of times where they lift lines from that movie and it just comes off as a bit awkward. Especially if you take into consideration that the original source material is taken from a David Mamet play, which already makes me laugh thinking of people like Kevin Hart and Regina Hall actually delivering lines from that guy’s writing-style. But anyway, it’s not like the movie at all suffers for trying to be like the original, because in ways, it really isn’t.

It’s just your traditional, love-story that doesn’t start-off other than a simple meeting between two people who get to know one another, talk, have sex and see where they can go with their lives, and then into something very romantic, passionate and, well, melodramatic. I’ve seen this done once, twice and a hundred, million other times, but here, it felt a tad bit refreshing, if only because the movie was funny and took its approach to modern-day relationships in a very understandable manner. The movie wasn’t trying to tell us that one must find that right person for them, get married, have a whole bunch of kids and live like that way for the rest of their lives – it’s more or less saying that “Hey, if you find that special-someone for you, give it a try and see where it goes! If it doesn’t amount to much, at least you can say that you tried, right?” And I think that’s what makes this movie easy-going and a lot less preachy than the original, where that one tried too hard to stuff down our throats that these two people need a love in their life, regardless as to whether they were happy or not before.

I know I’m harping on the original a bit too much, but I think that’s the main reason why I did enjoy myself with this movie. It’s not totally different, but in the places that director Steve Pink actually “updates it”, makes it worth your while. It may not be the most insightful thing ever made about relationships, but with what this movie has to say about them, it’s funny to listen to and see play-out, especially since we actually have characters to care about here. And I’m not just saying because most of them fall in love with one another, which automatically means that we sympathize with their feelings and emotions, but because they’re actually well-written and three-dimensional people this time around.

The biggest improvement in terms of characters between this movie and the original is definitely within Danny and Debbie – they’re development as characters, as well as their relationship together. It probably helps that both Michael Ealy and Joy Bryant have a bit of a better chemistry than either Rob Lowe or Demi Moore had together, but even when they aren’t together and just doing their own thing, they’re still pretty entertaining to watch. Ealy has a laid-back, cool and suave charm about him that makes it seem like he’s ready to get tied-down at any moment, yet not want to sacrifice his partying-ways; whereas Bryant is a sweet, lovable and energetic presence to watch since she always tries to make her man happy and feel better about his life, while also making sure that she doesn’t get treated like crap in the equation neither. Together, they’re a believable couple that doesn’t always say or do the right things to one another, but their happy times together, more than make up for the stupid-decisions each one makes towards the other. That’s why it is easy to not only hope that they stay together until the very end, but at least be able to find somewhere, some place in their lives where they can be ultimately happy.

Sex in the bathroom-stall: We've all been there before, right guys? Come on! Help me out here!

Sex in the bathroom-stall: We’ve all been there before, right guys? Come on! Help me out here!

I know it sounds all sappy and whatnot, but hey, I liked these two together. They remind me of my younger-self when I was making all the ladies weak at the knees, but rather than making it with the loving, caring ones, I decided to go for the school slut. Typical move by yours truly, people. Don’t worry though, I’ve paid the price since then.

Boy, have I ever….

Anyway, everything that I said about Danny and Debbie’s relationship, can easily be said for Bernie and Joan’s, which is one of the biggest improvements/differences between this and the original. Not only did Joan or Bernie not seem to get together in the original, but they also were a bit too one-note for their own good (although it didn’t matter for Bernie’s case, because Jim Belushi is the man). Here though, both Regina Hall and Kevin Hart are great, not just by giving us plenty of laughs to hold our stomachs because of, but because they actually build real, fully-dimensional characters that you know are too crazy, too wild and too energetic to not be together by the end. I’ve always been a fan of Kevin Hart, and here, he made me laugh my ass off more than a few times, and the same goes for Regina Hall who seems to make everything more exciting whenever she just shows up. Put them together in one movie where they have a relationship full of all sorts of sex, passion, alcohol and heated-debates, you’ve got what many could consider “comedic gold”. Though the rest of the movie may not be able to match-up to them, what they both do when they’re given free reign to improvise, go wild and just be funny, it’s great to watch and definitely makes this movie a whole lot better than that shit-piece of an original. I know I keep going back to that, but it’s the truth: Just see this, and screw that bundle of crap. You’ll be doing yourself, as well as your significant-other a huge solid.

Consensus: Not the most unpredictable, nor game-changing rom-com seen in recent-time, but with sticking straight to its characters, their relationships and what makes them who they are, About Last Night is a lot better than the original and makes your time with these people not just quick and easy, but a good time nonetheless. And on Valentine’s Day, trust me, that’s all you’re going to want, you little romantics.

6.5 / 10 = Rental!!

He likes going to Dodgers games. Yeah, so unique.

He likes going to and enjoying a nice, simple game of baseball game. So unique!

Photo’s Credit to: IMDBColliderJobloComingSoon.net

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22 responses to “About Last Night (2014)

  1. thycriticman February 14, 2014 at 4:58 am

    Hart seems to always pick the wrong movies, but at least he was able to provide you with a bunch of laughs. I want to see him featured in a comedy that gets a high score one day, but eh, just wishful thinking. Anyways, glad it topped the original, and I may catch it sometime down the line. But not in theaters…

  2. keith7198 February 14, 2014 at 5:39 am

    Good review and I higher score than I expected. It’s still not one that interests me much and Kevin Hart is a guy whose schtick has run its course with me. He’s more annoying than funny. And does he have a month each month? ;)

  3. Tom February 14, 2014 at 6:43 am

    haha good review dude. I’m almost speechless. I thought this would be utter shit. But it’s great to hear it greatly exceeds the original. Might have to wander into this tmrw night after downing a bottle of booze and getting down on myself for being single on Valentine’s Day. . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  4. Mike D February 14, 2014 at 6:48 am

    all meaningful relationships start as a one night stand?

  5. davecrewe February 14, 2014 at 7:24 am

    Great review and analysis; you did a good job of outlining what you did and didn’t like about this one – always tricky to talk about the films that fall somewhere in the middle. I’m not sure if this is getting an Australian release or not, I sure haven’t heard anything.

    • CMrok93 February 17, 2014 at 6:05 am

      It is very hard to talk about “meh” films because you don’t know what you liked, or didn’t like as passionately as you do for films that you either love or loathe. Still though, I am glad to hear that I did a nice job this time. Thanks!

  6. Joseph@thecinemamonster February 14, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Excellent review, Dan! I really do like Kevin Hart, but it seems that every movie he does, is something that doesn’t peek my interest, or is just down-right awful (his cameo in This is the End being and exception). It sounds like this flick isn’t that bad, I may give it a look. Again, great post :).

  7. Wendell February 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Glad to see that it’s not a total train wreck because I have the sneaking suspicion I’ll be plunking down a few bucks this weekend to see this. V-Day is also the wife’s birthdays so I have absolutely no say in the matter. :)

  8. jeffro517 February 14, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    I considered this to be a movie equivalent to Russian roulette. I’m glad to hear it works more than it doesn’t, but I don’t think it’s one I’ll be rushing out to see in the theater. I also enjoyed your comparisons to the first film, which I had not heard of. Nice writeup!

  9. reel411 February 15, 2014 at 1:32 am

    hmm sounds like a harmless watch

  10. rgagne February 15, 2014 at 4:42 am

    Out of the two romantic movies released today, I’d rather go see Endless Love then be disappointed by Kevin Hart again. Thanks for the great review Dan!

  11. Lights Camera Reaction February 16, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Nice review! I’ve always been a big fan of Regina Hall, absolutely love her in the Scary Movie films. Glad she’s getting good reviews for this. I’ll be sure to check it out when it comes out on DVD.

  12. Mark Hobin February 19, 2014 at 8:27 am

    A generic rom-com immeasurably helped by Kevin Hart and Regina Hall. They were great. Side note: Did anyone notice how much food was wasted in this film. Can’t believe she threw the Thanksgiving turkey out the window. lol

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