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When your intention was always to use the cookie cutter, why bother nodding the head towards any largely imagined inspiration?March 21, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
A date movie that could have been written by entertainment software, and quite divorced from real human beings and their experiences of sex.
The film's limp and bedraggled. No one looks good in it. You wonder if Mamet would even recognise what he once wrote.
The haunting sounds emanating from Kevin Hart taint this watered-down and glossy reinterpretation of a 1974 David Mamet play.
The new About Last Night clearly wants to honor the old, [but] it needs to embrace the new more often.February 20, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
This may be watered-down David Mamet. But for Kevin Hart, it's 80 proof.February 15, 2014 | Rating: 3/5
Audience Reviews for About Last Night
Sep 19, 2014An average remake in which the two leads try their best but don't have enough charm or good chemistry to make us care (especially when most of the conflicts feel artificial), and they get, alas, overshadowed by Hart and Hall as the intrusive comic relief secondary characters.Carlos M Super Reviewer
Jul 13, 2014The original 1986 film, of the same name, was much more dramatic and intent on analyzing the dysfunction and hypocrisy in relationships, and their inane pitfalls. This remake is much raunchier, placing an emphasis more on its supporting characters, and also still showing the problems with rushing into relationships. The cast is perfectly put together for this film, relying on Michael Ealy and Joy Bryant for a massive dose of chemistry. Regina Hall is an amazing comedic actress who is given a lot to work with and hits it out of the park, bringing an irresistible flavor to this film. This, of course, is the year of Kevin Hart, who steals the show time and again in over the top, hilarious scenes. There's very little good or bad to say about this romantic drama other than it's very funny, but the relationship portrayed is still boring and soapy to watch in between the funny bits.Spencer S Super Reviewer
Jul 09, 2014This was a funny romantic comedy, and I haven't laughed like this for long time... Excellent casting of Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, and Joy Bryant in roles which suited them perfectly. Directed by Steve Pink, the film is based on the 1974 David Mamet play Sexual Perversity in Chicago and is a remake of the 1986 film of the same name. There is a slight difference - this remake features black actors in the lead roles while the roles in the original film were played by white actors. Of course, the jokes in this one were more modern. Everything is happening in Los Angeles... On the budget of $13 million, this contemporary version was filmed closely following new love for two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world. Good investment, because only the opening weekend grossed $25.6 million, ranking second after The Lego Movie, which was in its second weekend. About Last Night grossed $48.6 million in the United States and Canada and $365 thousand in other territories for a worldwide total of $49 million! Not a bad return and I will say it deserves it. Romance and comedy were perfectly balanced in this remake, but it is not as close to the story of the original David Mamet's play. The cast was perfectly matched to feel natural and honest delivering refreshingly insightful lines. Do not miss it!Panta O Super Reviewer
Jun 20, 2014If the chemistry these actors share does not make you smile, then I don't know what will. Kevin Hart and Michael Ealy are so believable as best friends it is not even funny, and they are funny as hell in these roles. I feel like I enjoyed this film much more than I should have, but sometimes a movie can do that to you. This is a very solid romantic comedy that I did not expect to work so well. Falling in love, growing apart and seeing where things go from there has been done in so many films before, but the script is well-written and actually cares about it's characters, and there wasn't really a time I found myself rolling my eyes. Overall, "About Last Night" is a romantic comedy I can easily watch more than once. Is it amazing? No, but it does everything you want it to and you will probably laugh pretty hard throughout it as well. It's not just your average chick flick, but it is a film that single men, single women, and couples can all enjoy. Definitely recommended, because there are very few good films left in this genre, and this being one of them.KJ P Super Reviewer
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