Starring: Michael Ealy, Joy Bryant, Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Christopher McDonald, Paula Patton, Joe LoTruglio, Adam Rodriguez, Bryan Callen
Directed By: Steve Pink
Honestly, I’m disappointed. Steve Pink has directed some much funnier comedies in the past (Accepted, Hot Tub Time Machine). I think the problem is that he’s just not cut out to direct the serious stuff. The first 20-30 minutes of the movie are the funniest, and the strongest. After that, the film drags and drags. Clearly there are two couples, and Ealy and Bryant’s relationship takes the dramatic turn, while Hart and Hall are funny.
Ealy and Bryant are too melodramatic to make the dull material work, and Hart and Hall are oddly slapstick next to them. Do men really talk to women the way Kevin Hart’s character does? Or is he an exaggerated version to be funny? He borders on obnoxious.
If you make it to the end, which I suppose most of you will, do you even care if the couples stay together or break up? In many ways, the film makes a stronger case for these couples not being together. I suppose, the one thing the movie does well is define itself as not being a black movie. I know what you’re thinking… the four leads are all black, it must be a black movie. It’s not. I don’t recall a moment in the film where they ever discuss being black, or the struggle of being black, or anything related to the color of their skin.
The film is a romantic comedy, where the leads happen to be black. Most films like this end up being “black movies”, because of jokes that resonate more with a black audience, or jokes about the culture, etc. About Last Night avoids all of that, amazingly.
You won’t get past the fact that the film drags, the acting isn’t great, and you’ll end up not caring about the end result. I’m behind on reviewing this, it’s already on DVD, and that’s a good thing. This would have been a definite skip for theatres, but is less offensive when you only spend a dollar or two on it.
FINAL GRADE: C-