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Blu-ray Review: About Last Night

May 20, 2014

About Last Night Blu-ray

About Last Night – A Sony Pictures Release
http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/aboutlastnight/
Blu-ray Release Date: May 20th, 2014
Rated 14A for mature themes and sexual content
Running time: 100 minutes

Steve Pink (dir.)

Leslye Headland (screenplay)

Based on the play Sexual Perversity in Chicago by David Mamet

Marcus Miller (music)

Kevin Hart as Bernie
Michael Ealy as Danny
Regina Hall as Joan
Joy Bryant as Debbie

Our reviews below:

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About Last Night Blu-ray Review By John Corrado

**1/2 (out of 4)

When sexual partners Bernie (Kevin Hart) and Joan (Regina Hall) go on a double date with both of their best friends, his buddy Danny (Michael Ealy) starts falling for her roommate Debbie (Joy Bryant).  This inevitably complicates the relationships between the four, causing the freewheeling Bernie and Joan to fall out of favour, just as the more traditional Danny and Debbie find themselves moving in together.

Based on a David Mamet play that was first adapted for the screen in 1986, About Last Night has some hilariously raunchy dialogue, which starts things off on a promising note during the nicely edited opening scenes.  Although the story and admittedly sweet outcome is predictable, the film makes up for it with these very funny exchanges, all gamely delivered by the solid cast with strong chemistry between the four main players.  This is an entertaining romantic comedy for adults, that overall delivers some big laughs, many of which come courtesy of Kevin Hart.

The Blu-ray also includes four featurettes, the first about making the film and the other three offering some relationship advice.

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About Last Night Blu-ray Review By Erin V.

**1/2 (out of 4)

Based on an ’86 film of the same name, About Last Night follows two couples who are both trying to make things work after a meeting in a club leads to them being in bed on the first date.  Bernie (Kevin Hart) and Joan (Regina Hall) have a fiery relationship that has problems almost immediately, while what Danny (Michael Ealy) and Debbie (Joy Bryant) have seems more stable at first.  Things change though and from trouble dealing with exes, to their own wants and needs in a relationship, things get complicated for both couples pretty fast.

It’s a pretty generic romantic-comedy, although with plenty of funny moments and lots of great one-liners.  While predictable where everyone is going to end up, now that it’s on DVD it’s worth a rental, particularly if you are a fan of anyone in the cast.

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About Last Night Blu-ray Review By Nicole

*** (out of 4)

Based on a 1980s comedy of the same name, About Last Night follows the triumphs and tribulations of two couple pairs who are also friends.  Bernie (Kevin Hart) and Joan (Regina Hall) are the quirky couple, and Danny (Michael Ealy) and Debbie (Joy Bryant) are the sweet couple.  Both have difficulties with their relationships, and must find ways to make them work.

About Last Night is funny, raunchy and naughty at times, yet also very sweet.  The acting is very good, with a range from funny to heartfelt, and Pacino the dog is really cute.  This is a good romantic comedy, and a great choice for when you want something both cheeky, heartfelt and sweet.

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About Last Night Blu-ray Review By Maureen

**1/2 (out of 4)

About Last Night is what happens when two sets of friends get together at a local bar.  Bernie (Kevin Hart) and Danny (Michael Ealy) both work at the same restaurant supply company, and have been drinking buddies for a long time.  Joan (Regina Hall) and Debbie (Joy Bryant) are best friends and roommates.  Joan is flirty and loves a good time, while Debbie is quieter and looking for something more stable.  Bernie is hilariously foulmouthed and a womanizer.  Danny is more sensitive and still getting over his breakup with Allison (Paula Patton).

Bernie and Joan hit it off in a fiery, passionate way based on sexual attraction.  Danny and Debbie start out with a physical attraction that leads them to moving in together and trying to form a conventional relationship.  But both couples end up going through several breakups and makeups before the predictable rom-com outcome wraps up their stories.

About Last Night is predictable, but has some ridiculously funny dialogue, delivered with perfect comic timing by Kevin Hart.  The scenes with Bernie and Joan are really funny.  The scenes between Danny and Debbie are sweet at times, with their storyline providing the romantic to Bernie and Joan’s comedy.

If you don’t mind some raunchy dialogue and sexual content, then About Last Night is an entertaining if predictable romantic comedy worth checking out, especially for Kevin Hart’s fast paced comic delivery.

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About Last Night Blu-ray Review By Tony

*** (out of 4)

The opening scene of About Last Night is exactly what the title says. Over drinks, Bernie  (Kevin Hart) is boasting to his workmate Danny (Michael Ealy) about his one night stand with Joan (Regina Hall), who at the same time at home is telling her somewhat less flattering version of the encounter to her roommate Debbie (Joy Bryant). The following evening Joan brings Debbie along to meet the two guys, and after the more constrained Danny and Debbie watch the others heavily drinking and going off to the restroom together, Danny offers to take Debbie home where they spend a very romantic night together. The following day, it is the turn of Bernie and Joan to envy their friends.

Over the next year, Danny and Debbie become more serious and move in together, though eventually the routine of being a couple proves too much for them. Meanwhile, with a relationship based mainly on drinking and sex, Bernie and Joan are much less willing to commit. Other problems related to work and former partners also get in the way, but the film ends on a hopeful note.

About Last Night is a remake of a 1986 film of the same name, based on the David Mamet play Sexual Perversity in Chicago. Directed by Steve Pink with the action moved from Chicago to Los Angeles and an updated script tweaked for the African American cast, it is a good adaptation, much like Death at a Funeral a few years back. The very raunchy and funny dialogue is well handled by a fine cast, especially when flipping back and forth mid-sentence between conflicting accounts in the opening scenes and later on. However, as in any good play, amid all the laughs there is a heartfelt story that in just over an hour and a half allows us to really feel for the characters.

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Consensus: Although the overall story is predictable, About Last Night is an entertaining romantic comedy for adults, with a good cast and some hilariously raunchy dialogue that leads to a sweet outcome for the characters. **3/4 (out of 4)

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