Friday, February 14, 2014

About Last Night Review - 2½ Stars

“About Last Night” — an update of the 1980s Demi Moore Rob Lowe comedy romance — wrestles with the question of relationship in the age of the hook up.  The original told its story with nudity, sexual heat, and playwright David Mamet’s signature language.  The update (both movies are based on Mamet’s “Sexual Perversity in Chicago”) tells the same story with laugh out loud humor,  and bubbly chemistry between comic actor Kevin Hart and the delightful Regina Hall.   The two encounter each other on a drunken night, go home together, and gradually turn into a couple–all the while coaching Michael Ealy and Joy Bryant in forming a relationship.  This remake replaces Mamet’s language with Hart’s energetic  one liners.  I think viewers won’t mind.  The “R” rating comes from gritty coarse language and a lot of bedroom scenes and situations but avoiding the kind of nudity found on premium cable.   “About last Night” spells big things ahead for Hart and Hall — maybe a sequel about their marriage after 20 years?  Does it deliver what it promises?  Two guys meet girls.  Two guys lose girls.  Two guys get back with girls.  Nice comedy romance.  Is it entertaining?  Hart and Hall steal the movie.  Is it worth the price of admission?  A good bet for Valentine’s weekend.