Movie and Film Reviews (MFR) Comedy,Romance About Last Night (1986)

About Last Night (1986)

Cast

Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, James Belushi, Elizabeth Perkins

The Movie

Danny (Lowe) first sees Debbie (Moore) at a baseball match and then again at the local pub after the game.  They go to Danny’s place to try out his new stereo earphones – that turns out really well for both of them – sex on the first ‘date’.  In the early hours of the morning Debbie returns to her pad which she shares with her kinderkarten teacher friend, Joan (Perkins).  Says Debbie to Joan, “I can’t believe I slept with him on the first date”, Joan to Debbie “It wasn’t even a date”.   Meanwhile in the room nextdoor is Joan’s ‘date’!  The following day, Danny’s adventures are scrutinised by his friend, Bernie (Belushi).  What ensues is a relationship between Danny and Debbie with their disapproving friends lurking in the background. 

The movie is based on the play “Sexual Perversity in Chicago” written by David Marnet.  Sex is loosely thrown around by both Danny and Debbie, until they settle down with each other.  They commit further by moving in together and invent ‘sandwich night’ – as Debbie explains to Joan, “two nights a week he cooks, two nights a week I cook, two nights we go out, then there’s sandwich night”.  They progress to love, both quite taken aback by the strong feelings they have uncovered for each other.

If you have or have ever had commitment issues then this is the flick to watch! 

Their two sceptical friends provide all the comedy in the movie!  Belushi is simply hilarious and delivers his lines perfectly.  Perkins shines with her sarcastic comedic outlook and the two of them work together like a charm! There are countless scenes where wit is the order of the day!

Whilst Bernie and Joan are the real ‘stars’ in this movie, they also give the viewer much to be angry about as they do everything in their power to prevent their friends’ happiness and togetherness.  It’s a real tug-of-war! 

The acting makes this timeless romantic comedy such a success so it would be unfair not to commend Edward Zwick on his directing skills.

Overall, a nice mix – Lowe and Moore provide the romance whilst Belushi and Perkins provide the off-beat comedy.  It’s in “About Last Night” that you’ll find love, envy, jealousy, sadness and anger all rolled in one.  But will love prevail?

A delightful movie that will never age!  So get the dvd and add it to your collection! 

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