"About Last Night" Movie Review: 2 1/2 Stars
by Michael Phillips
"About Last Night," which is about hookups and relationships and the photogenic allure of the revitalized
First in its line was David Mamet's mean, sad, funny 1974 comedy "Sexual Perversity in
In 1986 the widely produced play begat "About Last Night …," -- which watered down Mamet's vinegar to suit a young
Now, without the annoying ellipsis in the title, we have "About Last Night" directed by
In its own way it's as raunchy as Mamet's text, which got a lot of attention for its dialogue about the taste of bodily fluids and such. But the new movie's heart belongs to the notion of the happy ending and the belief that we can change, address our personal deficiencies and become better, warmer, more loving folk as long as we have the right partner. Mamet, presumably, is laughing all the way to the bank.
Danny and Bernie are best pals played by
On track 2 it's all about the slow collapse of a model couple making the leap into cohabitation. These scenes, often pretty observant, are never as much fun to play as the wisecracking, can't-believe-she-just-said-that stuff, in any context. "About Last Night" has one problem, a substantial one, it cannot shake: We have been here before. Too often, director Pink ("Hot Tub Time Machine," to name another sensitive relationship picture) and editors Tracey Wadmore-Smith and
I like a lot of screenwriter Headland's lines, though, and unless my memory's playing me false, they're hers, only partly indebted to Mamet or the first movie. (Dating a model, says Hart's Bernie early on, is like dating "a 10-speed bike with daddy issues."). It's entertaining to watch Hall cut loose and reconnect with a style of broad comedy that, in lesser hands, would come off as pure stridency. Hart's motormouth routine is, by now, familiar. Then again, look how well "Ride Along" did. Ealy and Bryant are smooth operators, easy to like. However uneven, the movie at least knows the cardinal rule: In a rom-com, there's no rom without the com. Hart and Hall give it their all.
MPAA rating: R (for sexual content, language and brief drug use). Running time: 1:40.
"About Last Night" Movie Trailer
"About Last Night" is a romantic comedy. It follows a series of couples that are in new relationships. Watch this comedy of love that is sure to make you laugh