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About Last Night is a 2014 American romantic comedy film starring Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall and Joy Bryant. The film is directed by Steve Pink and written by Leslye Headland. It is based on the 1974 David Mamet play Sexual Perversity in Chicago and is a remake of the 1986 film of the same name with a black cast. While the original film is set in Chicago, Illinois, the remake is set in Los Angeles, California where filming took place in late 2012.

About Last Night
About Last Night One Sheet.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySteve Pink
Produced by
Screenplay byLeslye Headland
Based onSexual Perversity in Chicago
by David Mamet
About Last Night
by Tim Kazurinsky and Denise DeClue
Starring
Music byMarcus Miller
CinematographyMichael Barrett
Edited by
  • Tracey Wadmore-Smith
  • Shelly Westerman
Production
companies
Distributed byScreen Gems
Release date
  • February 11, 2014 (2014-02-11) (PAFF)
  • February 14, 2014 (2014-02-14) (United States)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$12.5 million[1]
Box office$49 million[1]

The film premiered at the Pan African Film Festival on February 11, 2014 and was released in theaters on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2014. The film received generally positive reviews, with most critics praising the humor between Hart and Hall. The film grossed $49 million against its production budget of $12.5 million.

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SynopsisEdit

The official synopsis from Sony Pictures says, "A modern reimagining of the classic romantic comedy, this contemporary version closely follows new love for two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world."[2]

CastEdit

The film features the following actors:[3]

Main cast

Supporting cast

Hart was cast in June 2012.[4] In the following July, Ealy and Hall joined the cast.[5] Hart, Hall, and Ealy had previously starred together in the romantic comedy Think Like a Man (2012), which About Last Night's producer Will Packer also produced.[6] Joy Bryant was cast in August to round out the four key roles.[7] In addition to McDonald, Rodríguez, Lo Truglio, and Patton making up the supporting cast, American football player Terrell Owens had a cameo appearance in the film.[8]

Hart and Hall played the characters that James Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins played in the original film.[6] While the character Joan was not very likable in the original film, Hall said the writers revised the character to be closer to the one depicted in the play. Hall said, "Instead of making her just snarky, there are a lot of levels that she goes to."[9]

Ealy and Bryant played characters portrayed by Rob Lowe and Demi Moore in the previous film.[10] Ealy said he chose not to see the play or the original film to avoid repeating any performances. He said of the roles of Danny and Debbie, "With Bernie and Joan, they are written funny, they act funny, they are funny pretty much non-stop. [Danny and Debbie] bring a bit more gravitas to the entire story, and reality."[6] Ealy, who was 40 years old at the time of release, played a 28-year-old character, so he lost 25 pounds to look more youthful.[11] He also compared About Last Night's depiction of "adult Black people in a sexy, romantic way" to the film Love Jones (1997).[12]

ProductionEdit

About Last Night is produced by Screen Gems, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, with the involvement of production companies Rainforest Films and Olive Bridge Entertainment. The film is directed by Steve Pink and written by Leslye Headland. The film is a remake of the 1986 film of the same name; both are based on the 1974 play Sexual Perversity in Chicago by David Mamet. Both films differ from the play by substituting a reconciliation of the couple at the end instead of a break-up.[13]

Development of the film began in January 2011 when Screen Gems tasked Will Gluck to produce the film and to hire a director and screenwriter.[14] By June 2012, Leslye Headland was hired to write the adapted screenplay,[4] and in the following August, Steve Pink was hired as director.[15] Pink said he liked Headland's screenplay, and he wanted to direct a romantic comedy-drama.[16] He said the story was not high-concept, "It's very simple and grounded in that way. The trick there is to keep it moving. It's in Mamet's original play, and the writers of the first one knew that. So structurally the movie moves quickly because you're moving through a pretty big emotional story in a short amount of time without a lot of high-concept devices."[6]

In contrast to the original film, the remake's starring cast is mostly black. Actor Michael Ealy said the story could be read independently of race and that it did not mean the original film would be called "predominantly white".[6] Actor Kevin Hart said, "I feel that what we're doing is making it a little bit more modern, by incorporating black people. I don't think it's just about us being black, it's just a different take on the relationship feel. Our rants are a little different than a white rant. Our way of arguing is different from a Caucasian couple's fights. It's a little more violent. It gets a little more vulgar. Things are said that you don't expect to be said."[17] The Toronto Sun reported that in addition to the all-black cast, the remake would be closer in tone to the source material.[18]

The remake is set in Los Angeles, California, where the original film was set in Chicago, Illinois. The production did not qualify for a California film tax credit, but executives intended to film in Los Angeles regardless. The crew filmed in downtown Los Angeles, not traditionally depicted in films as a people-friendly community. The downtown area had been revitalized in recent years, and the crew chose to film most of About Last Night in a 10-block radius around 6th and Main Streets. Most films are filmed in different locations not near each other, so the setup for About Last Night was unconventional but helped minimize transportation costs. Filming locations in the area included Pacific Electric Building, Cole's Pacific Electric Buffet, Santa Fe Lofts, Casey's Irish Pub, and Broadway Bar. The crew's location manager approached the owner of the local businesses to depict their properties as-is and benefit from publicity in exchange for lower rental fees for use of the space. Dodger Stadium was the sole filming location outside of the radius. Filming lasted for seven weeks in late 2012, and production was completed with a budget of $13 million.[19]

ReleaseEdit

Theatrical runEdit

About Last Night premiered at the Pan African Film Festival on February 11, 2014 as the festival's centerpiece film.[20] It was released in 2,253 theaters in the United States and Canada on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2014.[21] The film grossed $25.6 million over the opening weekend (not including the holiday Washington's Birthday on Monday).[22] It ranked second after The Lego Movie, which was in its second weekend and grossed $49.8 million. USA Today said About Last Night's performance "met most analysts' expectations" and that its success was helped by "an aggressive marketing campaign" featuring Kevin Hart.[23] In addition to The Lego Movie, the film faced unconventional competition from two other opening films that were also remakes of 1980s films: RoboCop and Endless Love.[24] Forbes reported that About Last Night's opening weekend audience demographic was 63% female and 58% over 30 years old.[25] According to the polling firm CinemaScore, audiences gave the film an "A-" grade.[26]

Over the second weekend (February 21–23), About Last Night grossed $7.5 million and ranked sixth at the box office.[27] Variety said the second-weekend performance was "a steep 71% drop" from the previous weekend.[28] Overall, About Last Night grossed $48.6 million in the United States and Canada and $365,000 in other territories for a worldwide total of $49 million.[22] In March 2014, Box Office Mojo had forecast that the film would pass $50 million but fall short of the similar film Think Like a Man (2012), which grossed $91.5 million.[29]

Critical receptionEdit

The Los Angeles Times said the initial reviews for About Last Night were "largely positive" and better than those for Hart's film Ride Along, which was released the previous month.[30] It reported that critics found the film "pretty satisfying, if rather familiar" and that the reviews, including negative ones, highlighted in particular "the comic relief of Hart and Hall".[31]

The film review website Metacritic surveyed 30 critics and assessed 20 reviews as positive, 9 as mixed, and 1 as negative. It gave an aggregate score of 62 out of 100, which it said indicated "generally favorable reviews".[32] The similar website Rotten Tomatoes surveyed 96 critics and, categorizing the reviews as positive or negative, assessed 66 as positive and 30 as negative. Of the 96 reviews, it determined an average rating of 5.9 out of 10. It gave the film a score of 69% and summarized the critical consensus, "About Last Night wanders even further from the David Mamet play that inspired the original, but it benefits from an engaging cast and a screenplay that smartly balances romance and comedy."[33] Tim Ryan, writing for Rotten Tomatoes, said critics found the film "wise about the ups and downs" of love. Ryan said, "The pundits say About Last Night doesn't reinvent the romantic comedy wheel, but it's refreshingly honest and insightful, and it provides a fine showcase for Hart's onscreen talents."[34]

Home mediaEdit

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released About Last Night on DVD and Blu-ray on May 20, 2014.[35]

SoundtrackEdit

About Last Night: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album
ReleasedFebruary 11, 2014 (2014-02-11)
GenreSoundtrack
LabelColumbia Records

Columbia Records produced a soundtrack featuring various artists. The soundtrack was released digitally on February 11, 2014, and it was released physically on March 4, 2014.[36] John Legend contributed a new song, titled "A Million", to the film's soundtrack.[37] The track listing is shown below:[38]

No.TitleMusicLength
1."Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine"James Brown2:49
2."Feel So Good"Jamiroquai5:21
3."Rose Quartz"Toro y Moi4:13
4."Never Stop"The Brand New Heavies4:13
5."A Million"John Legend4:36
6."Diamonds"Y'akoto3:44
7."What You Won't Do for Love"Bobby Caldwell4:46
8."No Hay Problema"Pink Martini3:35
9."Please Come Home"Gary Clark, Jr.4:16
10."Blue Holiday"Charles Brown4:35
11."Feel the Love" (feat. John Newman)Rudimental4:05
12."Luckiest Man" (feat. Problem)Mishon3:11
13."Undressed"Kim Cesarion3:29
14."This Time"John Legend4:23

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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