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About Last Night... (1986)

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44

Average Rating: 7.8/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 5

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60

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Movie Info

David Mamet's play Sexual Perversity in Chicago was adapted for the big screen by fellow Chicago citizen Tim Kazurinsky and became About Last Night... The film stars Rob Lowe as Danny and Demi Moore as Debbie. The pair meet and engage in a torrid sexual relationship, but then slowly negotiate if there is anything more between them. Lowe seeks advice from his loudmouthed friend Bernie (Chicago native James Belushi), whose offers little more than outrageous tales of his randy exploits. Debbie

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Drama, Romance, Comedy

Oct 30, 2001

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (11) | DVD (6)

Writers DeClue and Kazurinsky have created a recognizable geography for every age; you suspect that About Last Night will set off pangs of identification everywhere.

February 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Homework assignment: Is the decision to change both the title and the thrust of Mamet's play evidence of perversity or of perversion? Due tomorrow. Class dismissed.

February 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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The shocks of recognition are largely absorbed by the standard narrative structure that replaces Mamet's blackouts; the characters, instead of functioning as archetypes, look underwritten, half alive.

February 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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This is the yuppie drama that St. Elmo`s Fire wanted to be but wasn't.

January 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Film lacks much of Mamet's grittiness, but is likable in its own right.

January 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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The screenwriters work many nice little observations into their occasionally over-quippish script, but this is considerably smaller than the sum of its parts.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Odious.

February 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Engaging performances from the two leads are complemented by a witty script with some great one-liners, and five-star support from James Belushi.

February 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

About Last Night... is occasionally wonderful, but inevitably disappointing.

February 13, 2014 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Lowe and Moore do well as the on-again, off-again partners, although it is James Belushi, in an over-the-top supporting performance his brother John would have been proud of, who all but walks off with the show.

February 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

What emerges on the screen, however, is largely bland and prettified, virtually indistinguishable from any other trendy Hollywood romance of its period.

February 12, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It takes a lot in order for Jim Belushi to be the best actor in something.

October 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Starts out strong and has potential, but then deteriorates into soap opera and endless montages.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Great adaptation of Mamet's play...if they ever make my life story, Jim Belushi is playing me!

March 15, 2008
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

clever script and performances

November 8, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

One of the best movies of the 80's. Lowe and Moore are hotter than hell

November 18, 2003
Moviehole

A rare, if dated, treat -- an intelligent film that's grown-up enough to deal with sex, sexism and friendship, with wit and honesty.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Simultaneously obnoxious and insightful; a great cast keeps things afloat.

July 28, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

A comedy about singletons, sexual politics, and the emptiness of relationships based only on physical attraction.

January 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for About Last Night...

While considered must see in its time its basic consideration (why buy the cow if you can get the milk for free?") has lost its impact. What's left are naked, anguished leads considering marriage while their buds vote "no" on the sidelines. I sadly kept waiting for the buds to hook up unfortunately.
July 18, 2011
ApeneckFletcher

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A predictable, boring romantic drama that's only watchable for the sex scenes with the hot actors. Other than that, I don't care for this movie.
January 24, 2011
ajv2688

Super Reviewer

About Last Night should be seen by anyone who has ever
lived, loved or fucked in Chicago (especially if you did it in the 80's).

Zwick proves yet again that he is one of the best "good" directors around. Rarley do his movies rise to the level of great, they're always just good.
The script is an odd mix of Zwick's signature sentimentality and David Mamet's rapid fire dialog. It's like "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" and "Thirtysomething" had a baby on 35mm.

In the end you end up with a romantic comedy with a lot of swearing, a bit of nudity and a few really great moments.
December 15, 2010
kenstachnik

Super Reviewer

Montage, montage, unknown MOR 80s music, montage... This is how people learned about the development of a youthful romance before Power Point. What I took most from this 80s adaptation of a 70s Mamet play is that it is one of those movies where James Belushi gives a performance so good, you expect his next one not to have moments that sound like a read-through. Demi Moore gives a more naturalistic performance than Rob Lowe; it's probably her best work. Also, her complexion is made nice and pinkish in the light ... I'd let her watch my kids. I'm not sure how sweet her character is in the play, which the movie makes me want to read. Sentimental but un-hack final crane shot ... un-hack, un-sentimental dialogue probably by Mamet ... That is what's un-hack. Elizabeth Perkins is made to look unlovely; her bitch-wit performance makes her look attractive again.
November 27, 2010
adammahler1

Super Reviewer

Movies Like About Last Night...

    1. Bernie Litko: The problem with red heads is lack of pigmentation.
    2. Danny Martin: They're almost albino.
    3. Bernie Litko: You bang albinos?
    4. Danny Martin: No!
    5. Bernie Litko: Well I have. They're nuts!
    – Submitted by Heather R (4 months ago)
    1. Joan: I refuse to date a guy whose ass is smaller than mine.
    – Submitted by Heather R (4 months ago)
    1. Debbie Sullivan: Yes you are, you're the best.
    2. Danny Martin: I bet you say that to all your guys.
    3. Debbie Sullivan: Yep and they believe it.
    – Submitted by Heather R (4 months ago)
    1. Bernie Litko: Interesting Brod. Where did she develop her personality, a car crash?
    – Submitted by Heather R (4 months ago)
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