The question to be asked of
There isn't. Nonetheless, the apparently marketable title is back — minus its original closing ellipsis — and the action has been moved from Chi-Town to Los Angeles with four appealing, talented African American actors in the lead roles originally played by Rob Lowe,
Unfortunately, this latest version, written by Leslye Headland (
As in its predecessors, the film follows the rise and fall of two very different, interconnected couples: carnally charged bickerers Bernie and Joan (amusingly played to the hilt by
Typical "Venus"-and-"Mars"-type battles erupt over such things as sex, commitment, cohabitation, the reappearance of ex-lovers and, of course, that potential third-rail admission: "I love you." It's clear from the get-go how things will likely end up. (C'mon, it's being released on Valentine's Day.)
The cast does what it can with — and clearly self-improves upon — the essentially thin, at times choppy material. Raunchy motormouth Hart and the irrepressible Hall (both of whom appeared in
Perhaps most notable about the picture is its locale. The film was shot almost entirely in downtown L.A., reportedly within a 10-block radius of 6th and Main streets and proves a veritable love letter to the city's revitalized central business district. Such spots as Broadway Bar, Casey's Irish Pub (which factors into a subplot), the Santa Fe Lofts, the Pacific Electric Building, the Music Center, Grand Park and others all look vibrant and inviting. At least something feels fresh here.
"About Last Night"
MPAA rating: R for sexual content, language and brief drug use.
Running time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Playing: In general release.