"About last night ..." (1986) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski) and Tuna

This movie was meant to be called "Sexual Perversity in Chicago", identical to the David Mamet play upon which it was based. (The movie was Mamet's one act play expanded significantly to a full-length screenplay by Tim Kazurinsky - remember him from SNL?). The three major TV networks, however, wouldn't accept the trailer ads for the film, so a last minute title change resulted in "About Last Night ... "
It's basically a four character play, about the rise and fall of a relationship, and the effect of that relationship upon the couple's best friends. The friends were essentially jealous - not of the love the couple found, but of how the two of them completely dominated each other's time. In the new relationship, each lover stole the other's time away from the best friend.  


Demi Moore showed her breasts and buns in several scenes.
Demi Moore and Rob Lowe are the lovers, but Jim Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins stole the show as the wisecracking friends, especially Belushi as a life-embracing party animal. Demi is absolutely lovely. Before the exercise and the implants, you might say that she wasn't as perfect in a technical sense. Her breasts were small, and her butt was not that tight, and I guess she deliberately set out to change that later on. But I don't think I'm alone in saying that she was just about perfect before the changes. Her beautiful face, her raspy voice, her smarts, and her acute femininity made her a great star at one time. And she was great in this movie. Romantic comedies may not be the equivalent of King Lear in the level of acting skill required, but not everybody does them well (Rob Lowe comes to mind), and Demi did this one very well, indeed. 

DVD info from Amazon.

  • Widescreen anamorphic, 1.85:1. Also a full screen version

  • no meaningful features

The movie portrayed the relationship quite realistically except for kind of a cop-out ending which looked tacked on, but that provided a glimmer of hope that I really wanted the couple to have. Anyway, you have a beautiful Demi perfect for the role, David Mamet dialogue, Belushi and Perkins for some laughs, and a reasonable amount of Demi nudity. That's enough to make it a worthwhile rental. You won't even notice or care that Lowe is so strangely stiff. When he has to deliver a line he looks like Dan Quayle holding a press conference, deflecting a question, trying to pretend that he knows where Europe is. 

Director Edward Zwick is one of the best directors that nobody ever talks about. "About Last Night ..." is probably his worst movie, and it's not bad at all. (Roger Ebert gave it four stars!). Zwick did Glory, The Siege, Legends of the Fall, Leaving Normal, and Courage under Fire. They are all pretty good, and Glory is a movie that many people felt was the best picture of 1989, although it was not even nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. 


About Last Night... (1986) is a by-the-numbers romantic comedy that rises above itself due to a very honest plot, good dialogue, and four good performances. Demi Moore works at an ad agency, and is screwing her boss, but not very enthusiastically, when she meets Rob Lowe in the park, where he is playing second base on a slow-pitch team. The mutual physical attraction is instant, and they progress from sex on the first date to living together. Lowe is not ready for commitment, and the two each face pressure from their respective best friends, who feel somewhat left out and abandoned. James Belushi as his friend, and Elizabeth Perkins as hers, are brilliant in pointing out that two people falling in love is not just entirely about them, but it has ripple effects through all of their relationships. Belushi and Perkins also supply much of the humor.

The Critics Vote

  • General consensus: no consensus, but a bit less than three stars on the average. Ebert 4/4, filmcritic.com 3/5, Maltin 2/4

The People Vote ...

  • With their votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters score it 6.6 
  • With their dollars ... it grossed a solid $38 millon in the USA.
IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, Scoop says, "this film is a B-. It has something for everyone. It's a reasonably perceptive romantic comedy, and Jim Belushi provides plenty of comic relief". Tuna says, "Ebert, in his 4-star review, wondered why Hollywood didn't make more love stories. I think the low IMDb score is part of his answer. Even a love story this good is clearly not the way to riches. Still, it is a top notch genre effort, so high C+."

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