In 1986, a classic date movie starred Rob Lowe and Demi Moore involving the Chicago cityline and an memorable baseball scenes (especially at Wrigley Field) It was based off David Mamet's play Sexual Perversity in Chicago. However, the move to Los Angeles and Dodger Stadium and putting different relationships from each gender keeps it grounded.
Danny (Michael Ealy) and Bernie (Kevin Hart) are single and partying it up at the Broadway Bar until Bernie shares a story about how crazy his latest date was with Joan (Regina Hall) until Danny finds out that Joan has a friend named Debbie (Joy Bryant) so once Joan and Bernie head off to the bedroom and not for the final time. Danny and Debbie hook up for a one-night stand and find themselves through the summer falling in love with each other deciding to try living with one another.
For once, it's good to see a date movie with smart and frank dialogue involving four likable characters. I will say this that in the '86 version, it was about twenty-somethings trying this out. Ealy is 40 and Bryant is 39 but dismiss it. Seriously, because they are charming, sweet and honest with each other from the beginning also showing off their acting chops when we see their shortcomings.
Kevin Hart and Regina Hall are alone worth the price of a ticket. I was busting a gut laughing every time these two got together, they are two passionately volatile people who work well together especially in the bedroom scenes. Credit to Director Steve Pink for letting these two high energy leads go at each other like lions mating. They also throughout all the screaming, yelling and cursing at one another. I find sweetness within how much Bernie and Joan care about each other.
However, they put a bit too much into a 100 minute running time. It gets a bit too overstuffed and cliches coming out by the minute, but that's really my only big gripe with this film.
About Last Night doesn't fall into the vat of unnecessary remakes. Even with a change of venue, the charming cast delivers with great comic timing, smart dialogue and authenticity in relationships. This is kind of date movie that you want to take your boy/girlfriend to and walk out with a smile.