|‘About Last Night...’
Fans of Kevin Hart will have a chance to go to the movie theater this week. So many people are choosing to see movies at home via Netflix and Redbox nowadays it’s refreshing to have a reason to go back to the theater and we do have the best movie theater in Sonoma county right here in Rohnert Park.
Let’s talk about the remake of “About Last Night...”
It’s not surprising that the remake is broader, cruder and raunchier than the original. What is surprising is it’s also much, much funnier.
The chief innovation of the remake, besides its largely African-American cast, is to up the romantic ante by having the main characters’ respective best friends involved in a relationship as well.
But they couldn’t be more different.
While Danny (Michael Ealy) and Debbie (Joy Bryant) engage in a typical screen romance depicted via scenes of lovemaking, sentimental montages and a communal bath surrounded by candles, their friends Bernie (Kevin Hart) and Joan (Regina Hall) are engaged in a hilariously mutually abusive death match marked by bouts of frenzied slapstick.
The quartet meets initially on a double date, with Danny and Debbie immediately developing a mutual attraction which lands them in bed.
After some initial awkwardness about such issues as apartment keys and the like, Debbie soon moves into Danny’s skimpily furnished bachelor pad, which she promptly outfits with a dining room table.
But for reasons that are never quite clear, other than Danny’s being miserable about his job and skittish about commitment, their relationship soon begins floundering, despite the adorable puppy he’s bought for her.
Meanwhile, their counterparts, who are obviously made for each other with their shared compulsion for outrageous behavior, are enjoying a casual fling marked by tempestuous bouts of sex.
But the conflicts soon begin to dominate, and while Danny and Debbie tearfully break up, Bernie and Joan engage in all-out warfare marked by expletive-filled screaming matches and one-upping each other with colorful insults.
The storyline involving Danny and Debbie is more than a little bit dull, and Ealy and Bryant are unable to compensate for their characters’ lack of interesting dialogue. Fortunately, Hart and Hall, displaying an amazing chemistry, are frequently on hand to liven up the proceedings.
Delivering their rapid-fire bitchy repartee with a furious comic energy that has an improvisational feel, they make us care far more about their characters’ relationship while running away with the movie in the process.
At one point, Danny and Debbie are amusingly shown watching Rob Lowe and Demi Moore in the 1986 film on television and begin debating about whether it’s a chick flick or a dude movie.
This version actually manages to have it both ways.
It’s both a chick flick and a dude movie. See this one in the theater. You will thank me.