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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Feb 12, 2014
    83
    If this was December, Kevin Hart might be in the Oscar mix, he's that good in About Last Night. Explosively good, a comedy nova who won't shut up and never should.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Feb 13, 2014
    75
    The four leads are enormously likable and there’s still enough sharp, raunchy, sexy humor for me to recommend this version.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Feb 13, 2014
    75
    Frisky fun made all the more entertaining because of the potent chemistry between its quartet of lead actors.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Feb 13, 2014
    63
    In a rom-com, there's no rom without the com. Hart and Hall give it their all.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Feb 14, 2014
    63
    Hart is a comic fireball. Don't leave till after the final credits when he and Hall bust a few more hilarious improv moves.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Labuza
    Feb 13, 2014
    60
    The actors give the proceedings a mostly quick-witted repartee that prevails over the occasionally stale script.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Feb 13, 2014
    38
    Despite a frisky soundtrack that starts off with James Brown’s “Sex Machine” — trust me, it’s downhill from there — this is the visual equivalent of Muzak. You don’t have to see it to have seen it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Mar 1, 2014
    10
    Hilarious I love the pairing of Kevin hart and Regina hall. They never ceize to make me laugh. Kevin hart is actually kind of attractive, but too short for my liking consirpdering I'm 5'10 1/2 and he's like 5'2 Collapse
  2. Feb 14, 2014
    8
    About Last Night lumbers at points, when the drama steers too far away from its vibrant, character pairings. Paula Patton appears briefly as Alison, who hopes to seduce Danny into her web. It's a silly detour that would feel more like a cameo if Patton didn't play drunk the entire time. But it's a rare misstep for the movie, which manages to remain low-key and uproarious from start to finish. But, About Last Night is a welcome change of pace for the romantic comedy genre, an update of the Mamet play where people are allowed to communicate frankly and realistically. It also offers plenty of laughs, thanks to cast members Kevin Hart and Regina Hall. Expand
  3. Feb 15, 2014
    8
    A was very pleasantly surprised by how good this movie is. I know I saw the original years ago but couldn't remember any of it - so I had no real expectations. Michael Ealy is awesome (enjoy his stuff on Almost Human), and Kevin Hart is absolutely an A-list star now. His comedic delivery is impeccable. And his female counterpart Regina Hall absolutely rises to his level. Well... Nope, won't go there. Recommended! Expand
  4. Feb 19, 2014
    6
    This 80's romcom (written by David Mamet, no less) has been reworked with a mostly black cast, but the theme is the same: two couples struggle to take their relationships from casual to serious. Couple #1 is Michael Ealy and Joy Bryant, who effectively provide the drama and beauty. The comedy comes from couple #2 (Kevin Hart and Regina Hall). Their chemistry and fast-talking repartee provide plenty of fun. Nothing about the narrative is original and the dialogue is pretty pedestrian, but the charisma of the cast and the well-paced direction make it sufficiently entertaining. Expand
  5. Feb 24, 2014
    5
    None of the characters really play like real people. Kevin Hart was funny as always, but nobody else was particularly memorable. It wasn't terrible, just forgettable. Expand
  6. Feb 18, 2014
    5
    “It’s about what men say, it’s about what women think” yet, it has nothing new to say about the modern day man that we haven’t already seen nor does it give any new insight on the mentality of contemporary, independent women. Instead, About Last Night becomes a long and stretched out account, chronicling the relationships of two couples that goes well beyond the night, the morning, and a year into each others lives. Don’t be fooled, About Last Night is a confused and misguided Valentine’s Day centric romantic comedy with a few good laughs and some very absurd final act redemption.

    The confusion of the Night begins well before any frames of the film are shown. First off, the film which is based off of David Mamet’s play titled Sexual Perversity in Chicago, takes place in Los Angeles. Mamet, a proud and notorious Chicagoan, has his battle of the sexes play butchered right from the writing process. By using the city of Chicago as an essential playground for the couple’s to question and argue their sense of regionalism, professionalism and their working class personas, the very fibers of the economic struggles each couple are facing never really comes to fruition on screen. Fine, I understand the film’s desire to modernize the source material, but for heaven’s sake don’t change the location! Much like anything Hollywood get’s their hands on, the film becomes an example of motion picture capitalism–which ironically defines the film’s leading male role perfectly.

    So far, 2014 has been Kevin Hart’s year in theatres. From the box office success of January’s atrociously generic Ride Along (which somehow conquered the domestic box office for three weeks in a row) Hart quickly capitalizes on this comedy with a problematic, commercialized story of love, break-ups, make-ups, and elongated one night stands for a wholly commercial holiday audience. Hart, who delivers his Vince Vaughan-esque black comedy interpretation filled with prolonged and out-winded comedic rants, loud antics, and screeching punch-line deliveries, are some of the best and worst parts of the Night. I will admit, there are moments throughout the genuine “guys time” scenes where Hart and his calm blue-eyed co-star Michael Ealy, share some real laughs (some of the best comedy in the film next to the scenes Hart shares with Regina Hall), but for the films length, the laughs are too far and few between.

    About Last Night has little to do with understanding one nights stands, and like many before it, becomes a comedy targeting couples and the consequential mistakes they make right from the start. From picturesque dog walks, to candle lit bathtubs and dental offices, to perfectly decorated balconies and work parties, About Last Night is the reason why normal guys, with normal jobs, and normal looks, never get the attention of the girl next door, and that sucks! While the film switches between lovestruck couples, following them through their relationship as they express lust, face common issues, and are at times manic examples of relationships doomed to fail, About Last Night looks it’s audience straight in the face and lies, giving the false hope that anything is possible, when it clearly is not–unless you have the perfect brick reveal LA apartment and a six-pack.

    The film is centered around two couples; Bernie (Hart) and Joan (Regina Hall), and Danny (Ealy) and Debbie (Joy Bryant). When Bernie and Joan meet at a bar, which leads to a wild and adventurous night of debauchery, their friends Danny and Debbie tag-along to make their second meeting as normal as possible. But instead of cutting the tension, both Debbie and Danny fall in love with each other in the process. It is during Debbie and Danny’s deep love spell where the dynamics of Joan and Bernie’s relationship waver; breaking up or staying together, constantly bickering, awkward sex, and outrageous role-play; Bernie and Joan juxtapose the difference between physical relationships, against relationships that are deep, complex, and driven by emotion–much like Danny and Debbie’s. Instead of opting for a deep analysis of the mental strife that modern day American couples face, About Last Night becomes a wacky and romanticized montage of sex scenes. Thankfully, most of the scenes involving Hall and Hart are where Hart’s comedic hysteria and raunchiness shines, providing lengthy time periods of extreme, uncontrollable laughter.

    Unfortunately for the film, the arguments escalate quickly, and sometimes out of thin air. The tension is quick-paced and the conflict is always rising, yet, the resolutions are even quicker, happening swiftly and without due thought. For most of it’s run-time, About Last Night becomes an overdrawn and lingering hangover of unwanted drama with unexplained happy endings.
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  7. Apr 12, 2014
    0
    ONE OF THE WORST MOVIES I HAVE SEEN THIS YEAR. STICK TO WATCHING THE ORIGINAL ONE AND DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME WITH THIS UTTER NONSENSE. I SAY THIS AS A HUGE KEVIN HART FAN AND THESE TYPE OF MOVIES! LOVED THE ORIGINAL! :) Expand

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