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About Last Night

Rated R

for sexual content, language and brief drug use

Bernie and Danny are the best of friends, but total opposites in many ways. They have completely different takes on relationships and how to maneuver the complicated world of sex and dating. Joan and Debbie are roommates that appear to share the same dynamic as their counterparts, Danny and Bernie. Bernie and Joan meet at a bar an end up sharing a sexually torrid night that ends up being the first of many. When Bernie and Joan bring along their friends, Danny and Debbie, to meet on their first real date the two couples are formed and the two different styles of relationships are put on full display. Bernie and Joan antagonize each other, relentlessly. Danny and Debbie attempt to pursue the more traditional route of building a relationship.

About Last Night is the modern retelling of the 1986 film of the same name. Both movies are adaptations of the David Mamet play Sexual Perversity in Chicago. David Hart takes on the comedic role of Bernie while Michael Ealy plays the more serious Danny. Regina Hall is Hart’s hilarious counterpart as Joan with Joy Bryant rounding out the cast as Debbie.

Kevin Hart and Regina Hall are the backbone of this movie; their comedic chemistry is a joy to watch. Almost every scene with the two of them is pure comedic gold. While their relationship is not meant to be the centerpiece of the movie, Hart and Hall make their character’s story more than just added depth. As you watch Hart and Hall verbally abuse one another you can’t help but laugh and think about the couples you know that share those same characteristics. As the story progresses you find yourself hoping Bernie and Joan can find a way to make their dynamic work, just to be different.

Michael Ealy and Joy Bryant take on the polar opposite roles from Hart and Hall. The two of them take you on the ride that is building a meaningful relationship in the modern era. Danny and Debbie are honest and caring towards each other, both seeming to be willing to give whatever it takes to make their relationship a success. The story they tell is as emotional and as complicated as any real relationship would be. From their first meeting to their first relationship obstacles, their story keeps you guessing and looking for that issue that breaks them up.

The story is not a very complicated, or even unpredictable, instead it is very easy to follow and appreciate. The movie uses candid sexual encounters, funny supporting actors and even an interesting cameo to keep you on your toes. They even use a scene to redefine the term “chicken-head” in a way that makes you laugh out loud while also feeling very awkward having seen it.

As Valentine’s Day is here, About Last Night is a great choice to see if you are looking for a date night movie to share with a better half. The comedy is perfect, the emotion is real and the story is interesting. About Last Night is a well-done remake of another well-done movie and is very worth seeing.

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Ride Along – Review

Posted: January 15, 2014 by The Life in All, Movie Review, Movies
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Ride Along

Rated PG-13

for sequences of violence, sexual content and brief strong language

A high school security guard, who is addicted to video games, in Atlanta, GA has two goals in life; marry the woman of his dreams and become a cop. There is one obstacle that stands in the way of both goals coming to pass; his lady’s imposing cop brother. Ride Along is an action comedy starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube that is equal parts Training Day and Kevin Hart stand-up.

Right from the start you realize that this movie is all about being entertaining with little regard placed on being award worthy in any category. The two main characters, loner badass cop, James Payton (Ice Cube) and wise-cracking school security guard, Ben Barber (Kevin Hart), are total opposites and over-the-top in their own unique ways. They remind me of the characters from the old 48 Hours movies played by Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte.

James decides to take his soon to be brother –in-law out for a ride along that will also serve as Ben’s “training day.” Ben has to prove his worthiness of being a cop and marrying James’s sister Angela. The movie unfolds as a series of “126 in Progress” calls that Ben is tasked with handing to see if he can make the cut. The circumstances that he is placed in and the consequences of their actions are hilarious almost to the point of being totally ridiculous.

The potential comedic chemistry between Ice Cube and Kevin Hart was a point of concern for me going in. After seeing the first on-screen interaction between the two, those concerns were quickly put to rest as they “clicked” right away. Ice Cube and Hart were a truly dynamic pairing when it comes to gaining a laugh. Kevin Hart played up his short stature and addiction to video games for several good laughs. Ice Cube worked as the straight-man for most of the movie, but also got to interject some of his own comedic and note-worthy lines. I even had a Gangsta Rap geek-out moment when Ice Cube delivered his famous lyric “Today Was a Good Day” after a particularly funny scene.

The movie is funny, but don’t go into this looking for any type of dynamic story or surprise twists to go along with the funny; it is VERY predictable. When the director, writers and producers of the movie were creating the story I’m sure the creative process went a little like this:

Producer: “I haven’t seen a funny buddy cop movie in a while.”

Writer: “Me either, wanna make one?”

Director: “I really liked training day and LOVE that short little black man… What’s his name, Kevin Hart?”

Writer: “Make Training Day funny? Use Kevin Hart to do it?  PSSHHT!! That’s easy!!!”

Producer: “Let me write you a check…”

Despite the simplistic story, I do recommend seeing the movie if you are in the mood for a few good laughs AND are a fan of Kevin Hart. If you find Kevin Hart even a little annoying, he is in full force in this one. Consider yourself warned.

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