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article imageReview: You don't need to know ‘About Last Night’ Special

By Sarah Gopaul     Feb 14, 2014 in Entertainment
In this remake of ‘About Last Night,’ two couples go from the bar to the bedroom and eventually attempt to see if their relationships will survive beyond four-posters.
With Valentine's Day falling on Friday this year, one would think date movies would rule the weekend – or at least a decent horror movie since it’s also the 13th. Yet only two romantic films are opening this weekend, which make up two of the three remakes being released this week. This is a review of About Last Night, which may be more mature but not necessarily more desirable.
According to Bernie (Kevin Hart), Danny (Michael Ealy) has not hooked up since his breakup more than a year ago. Conversely, Bernie found his ideal match – a one-night stand named Joan (Regina Hall) – that exceeds his sexual expectations, challenges him and complements his personality. At almost the same time, Danny falls for her roommate Debbie (Joy Bryant), who matches his calmer disposition. Their relationships follow very different paths, but are seemingly leading to the same destination.
These couples’ experiences are so dissimilar, they’re practically starring in different movies. Bernie’s and Joan’s characters have a lot in common with the crazy pair portrayed by Vince Vaughn and Isla Fisher in Wedding Crashers. Bernie and Joan are insanely passionate and expressive. Unable to contain their attraction to one another, they aggressively paw at each other in a bar until finally taking it to the restroom. They say what's on their minds, which isn't always kind or savoury. And even though they're way over-the-top, they're entertaining and somehow genuine.
Conversely, Danny and Debbie play out every sappy romance cliché in book or film. Some of their dialogue is so formulaic, it actually sounds familiar as if it was lifted from some other cheesy source. Their relationship is predictable and boring, especially in comparison to their best friends. When Danny calls one of Debbie's ex-boyfriends "corny," someone should hand him a mirror.
Parts of the movie are amusing – such as using Star Wars to explain a loss of manhood – but most of the best moments are featured in the trailer. The rest of the narrative is so fixed that viewers may half-expect to hear an audience track cued to laugh and "awe."
The cast was well selected for their respective roles. Hart and Hall really go for it, not holding anything back. Even though their characters are ridiculous, it works because they have realistic chemistry. Ealy and Bryant look like a couple photographed to sell picture frames. They say their derivative lines with sincerity; but when the characters aren't believable, it's hard to care about what happens to them regardless of the actors' efforts.
Director: Steve Pink
Starring: Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy and Regina Hall
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