The first two weeks of February usually involve a barrage of love-entwined flicks and this year is no different, except for one movie. About “Last Night” is the curveball needed to break down the formulaic films that build a wall around Valentine’s Day.
Joy Bryant joins Kevin Hart, Regina Hall and Michael Ealy as they team up once more for a hilarious romantic-comedy. The remake of the 1986 film strays away from original story, crafting an entirely new vision. The focus is drawn on two couples, comprised of best friends. Danny (Ealy) and Debby (Bryant) and Joan (Hall) and Bernie (Hart) who find themselves traversing through the ups and downs of budding relationships, looking for love, or at least what they think love is suppose to be. As they experience the trials and revelations that sharing a life with someone has, they each find a new definition of love.
Th:is extremely raunchy re-creation overlaps most of the romantic tone with a flood of a hilarious mix of physical comedy and quick-hitting dialogue between the characters. However, the love is still there, it doesn’t disappear entirely. In fact, the story carries the principal theme easily on the many laughs and genuinely romantic moments that don’t follow the same recipe as many films in the same genre.
The chemistry between the four characters is where the film really hits the nail on its head. The pairing of Bryant and Ealy displays a strong contrast against the crazy coupling of Hall and Hart. Watching their relationships seesaw up and down gives the film a surprisingly even feel that keeps it entertaining.
“About Last Night” does something entirely different with its second chance on the silver screen, making it a totally different film. But it as a nice surprise it ends up working.
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