Kevin Hart and Regina Hall are lovers in 'About Last Night.' (Matt Kennedy / Screen Gems)
“About Last Night” is about relationships: couples’ relationships, friendships and how those connections intertwine in the dating world. It’s a funny and frank film that treats sex honestly, and if it ultimately succumbs to romantic comedy clichés, it successfully keeps them at bay for the majority of its running time.
The film is a remake of the 1986’s “About Last Night,” which itself was an adaptation of David Mamet’s 1970s play “Sexual Perversity in Chicago.” It upends the story’s setting from Chicago to Los Angeles, and cops to its roots in one scene by having two of the characters watching Rob Lowe and Demi Moore in the original film.
In this retelling, Bernie (Kevin Hart) and Danny (Michael Ealy) are best buds who work together in the restaurant supply business. Bernie is in a high drama relationship with Joan (Regina Hall), which is based strictly on sex. Danny, reeling from a recent breakup, meets Joan’s friend Debbie (Joy Bryant) in the opening scene, and the film follows these two couples over the course of a year as they experience the highs and lows of pairing off.
Hart and Hall have the more interesting of the film’s two couplings, fighting every time they’re not rolling around in bed, and the two performers have an electric chemistry together. But they play second fiddle to Ealy and Bryant, whose relationship takes center stage and unfolds in a more typical fashion: They hit it off, she moves in, they hit a rough patch, their loyalty is tested. Ealy and Bryant work well together, but it’s clear where they’re headed even if you haven’t seen the source material.
Still, “About Last Night” has enough going for it that it works. It’s a fresh update on an old story made relevant by a strong cast.
'About Last Night'
Rated R: For sexual content, language and brief drug use
Running time: 100 minutes