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For better or worse, David Mamet's hit playSexual Perversity in Chicagois watered down into this romantic comedy about a couple (played by Rob Lowe and Demi Moore) who get together and then fall apart due to Lowe's character's inability to commit. Jim Belushi is on hand as the gratuitously swinish best friend who looks at women as meat, and Elizabeth Perkins is entertainingly arch as Moore's gal pal and Belushi's nemesis. There's nothing about this 1986 film by Edward Zwick (cocreator of TV'sthirtysomethingand director ofGloryandCourage Under Fire) that is at all reminiscent of Mamet, but that doesn't make it bad or dull. While one can feel the script straining to fill in gaps where chunks of the original play have disappeared, Zwick often successfully tells the story without words at all, relying on the actors to convey pure emotion. Lowe is good, and the then-willowy Moore's understated performance reminds one of the actress she might have been before she became a spectacle.--Tom Keogh
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CastRob Lowe, Demi Moore, James Belushi, George DiCenzo, Elizabeth Perkins
DirectorEdward Zwick
Screen WriterTim Kazurinsky, David Mamet, Denise DeClue
DVD Release Date:  December 22, 1998
Runtime:  113 minutes
Studio:  Sony Pictures
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review by . July 11, 2007
I would have loved to seen the play "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" by David Mamet, so I can have a comparison to the movie adapted version named "About Last Night..." From what I heard the movie is pretty diluted in juxtaposition to the play, which is surprising because unlike modern times, the 1980s didn't really worry about movie ratings to fit a PG-13 versus R rating to make money and/or moral values.    As for the movie itself, it lacks any real plot. Young man in his early …
review by . March 04, 2000
posted in Movie Hype
This is an excellent date movie as it explores all the aspects of a relationship. You see the good, bad, and ugly sides of both these people and how true to life it is. Both Elizabeth Perkins and James Belushi give super performances in supporting roles to let the viewer know that even the most greatly different people are fairly connected. I guess Belushi and Perkins have two degrees of separation. Anyway, this film has comedic moments and very serious moments as well and it really makes you think …
About Last Night... (1986)
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