Kevin Hart has been on a roll the last year. He’s been in several movies and really made more of a name for himself. And while not all of his movies have been particularly good ones, About Last Night uses his comedic talents to great effectiveness. And while the film is somewhat cheesy at times, it’s still full of laughs, craziness, and entertainment.

The film starts off as an effective back and forth storytelling as Bernie (Kevin Hart) regales his friend Danny (Michael Ealy) with the previous night’s sexual escapades with Joan (Regina Hall) and how they hit off immediately. The story is both filled with insanity and energy as Bernie really gets into the nitty gritty details that Danny obviously doesn’t want to hear, while Joan does the same with her friend Debbie (Joy Bryant) on their way to meeting the guys.

After Bernie and Joan disappear for the night, Danny and Debbie start talking and hit it off, even if the evening isn’t meant to be a double date. At this point, a lot of the film shifts focus on trying to build up the relationship between Danny and Debbie, which involves a lot of sex, laughing about everything together, and being extremely lovey dovey and laying it on thick with cheesy language.

Eventually, they both decide to move in together just as Bernie and Joan decide to break up. The latter couple are outrageous  together and become severely immature in their break-up, when Bernie makes up a terrible excuse to not have Joan meet his parents while they’re in tow.

Bernie and Joan are always yelling at each other, since they still can’t avoid seeing each other at their friends’ gatherings, and even after a while, Danny and Debbie begin to have problems as well. Both couples eventually reach realizations about relationships, compromise, and the usual life lessons we are fed through romantic comedies.

The joy of this film is essentially the relationship and chemistry that Bernie and Joan have. Insanity would be the right word to describe their relationship and their verbal smart-mouthing of each other is so entertaining that makes you forget the shortcomings of the rest of the film. They bicker, they get sassy with each other, and then turn around and show their affection. Every time they’re onscreen together, you’re sure to laugh because of the craziness that ensues. It might be over-the-top for some people, but Kevin Hart in particular doesn’t overdo it like he sometimes does, and this strikes the right balance in the film.

The other couple, on the other hand, are made of clichés and contrived drama that exists simply to move the story along. There’s absolutely no real connection in their relationship and they’re boring overall, meant to show the sweet side of romance, but their relationship is guilty of being far too sweet and uninteresting and nothing else. Their fights have no power behind them, their issues as a couple aren’t worthy of being justified, and when Bernie and Joan aren’t in any of their scenes, the movie slows down and loses any interest.
The story of Danny being sick of his job and quitting abruptly is so random and far too dramatically contrived to serve a real purpose in the movie and falls ridiculously short. There’s no moment of dawning realization as to why he does what he does. It just sits there like a hot mess of a plot device and throws off some of the film’s momentum. It makes for a few awkward scenes that don’t feel like they belong in the film.
If you’re going to watch About Last Night, do it for Kevin Hart and Regina Hall. Without them in the film, there would be no comedy or any kind of entertainment value worthy of your money. The film tries to deliver lessons about compromise, love, and hook-ups like the original film does, but since it’s the 21st century, the issue of hook-ups doesn’t make as big of an impact. The issue of compromise is not well fleshed out either, and sometimes one-sided, but the comedy and chemistry between the aforementioned actors relieve the film of its burdens that makes it worth the watch.
3 star

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Mae is a Washington, DC-based film critic, entertainment journalist and Weekend Editor at Heroic Hollywood. A member of the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), she's a geek who loves discussing movies and TV. She is also a voting member of the Black Reel Awards. If she's not at the movies, she's catching up on her superhero TV-watching, usually with a glass of wine in hand.

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