Predictable, improbable and annoying.
I’ve become accustomed to ticking all that apply in the movies that I watch. Particularly the formulaic ones. And the Kevin Hart remake of “About Last Night”, delivers the expected happy ending without too much effort.
The characters played by Joy Bryant and Paula Patton just got on my nerves. Thankfully, the latter’s time on the screen was brief, but I’ve got to say that I appreciated that they didn’t do the usual, and have the homecoming of the live-in girlfriend of Michael Ealy’s character coincide with the ex-wife’s visit to his apartment in her “drunken” state. Because, of course, she would have gotten the wrong idea.
But that would have led to the inevitable break-up and we weren’t yet at the halfway point of the movie. So we see him confessing even though nothing happened, while she continues to make him feel more uncomfortable about the pace of the relationship.
Joy Bryant’s character, Debbie, meanwhile, is busy making the former bachelor pad more suitable to her tastes -annoying even to this female- including adding a dining table suitable not only for Thanksgiving dinner with friends, but also, I imagine, for the occasional tryst when the bedroom is just too far away. But she later realizes what’s up when she asks whether their relationship is one really long one-night stand.
I actually began to feel a little claustrophobic myself and was beginning to wonder how long it was going to take for the forseeable future to show up. Kevin Hart’s character overcompensates as he always does – so he’s the loudest one in the room. But both he and Regina Hall’s character (who he initially sees as just a friend with benefits for him), provide much needed comic relief.
Fast forward a few months and we see both couples deciding to move on from each other, but not at the same time. So when the longed-for Thanksgiving dinner with company comes around, Hart’s character brings his new partner causing his old one to show her true colours, and her love.
Predictably, Ealy’s character realizes that he really is ready for a committed relationship – after the girlfriend moves out – since he had been using his failed relationship with his ex-wife as his defense. Hart’s character meanwhile used his mouth as his protection.
I was actually rooting for the more unconventional couple because, with their role playing and experimentation, their relationship would certainly be the more interesting one. After Hart and Hall’s characters realize that they can’t live without each other, they decide to help their friends get together again – but one has to wonder whether it’s worth it if they can’t find their way to each other on their own.
So while the movie had a happy ending, I’m not sure that there would have been a happily ever after.