About Last Night (1986)



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Movie Info

A couple in Chicago have problems with commitment after their first time sleeping together. They find that the influence of their friends hinders them and eventually decide that they have nothing in common.

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: David Mamet, Tim Kazurinsky, Denise DeClue, Denise de Clue
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 30, 2001
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as Danny Martin

as Debbie

as Bernie Litko

as Mr. Favio

as Mother Malone

as Steve Carlton

as Carmen

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as Girl at Bar

as Cocktail Waitress

as Man in Bar

as Mrs. Lyons

as Man in Bar

as Danny & Bernie's Fri...

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Critic Reviews for About Last Night

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (9)

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.

Full Review… | February 13, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 13, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 13, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This is the yuppie drama that St. Elmo`s Fire wanted to be but wasn't.

Full Review… | January 16, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Film lacks much of Mamet's grittiness, but is likable in its own right.

Full Review… | January 21, 2009
Top Critic

The screenwriters work many nice little observations into their occasionally over-quippish script, but this is considerably smaller than the sum of its parts.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for About Last Night


Somehow, I missed watching this one, though I love 80's movies and have watched almost all the well known ones, and plenty not so well ones too. Probably on account of the cast. Never have been a fan of Demi Moore or Rob Lowe.
Well, this movie didn't change that especially, but I did quite enjoy this. Demi is actually quite tolerable here, though the standout for me was bitchy Elizabeth Perkins. She had the best lines.
I do have to say, though, there was some fugly clothes here. I actually genuinely like 80's fashions, but these were frumpy. What were they thinking.
The story itself is actually quite relatable and sweet in its way. Anyone who's lived with a partner or been married would relate to some of the struggles faced by the couple. It's not all happy times and that's exactly how life really is.
Glad I had the chance to see this one finally.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


The kind of movie that brings out the romantic in me and breaks my heart in the same proportion, depicting love and commitment with absolute sincerity and how all the conflicts and lack of real communication can sabotage a relationship and lead to certain discontentment.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


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.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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