Steve Pink's About Last Night is an adaptation of both David Mamet's play "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" and Edward Zwick's 1986 film "About Last Night," neither of which have I seen (or read).
I never planned on seeing this movie. When I saw the trailer I'll admit that I wrote it off as a stupid money-maker. Then the reviews started to come in and they were mostly positive. Then today the perfect set of circumstances were allowing me to see this and so I did and ultimately, I'm very happy that I did.
The great thing is that this film has a lot of heart (it also has a lot of Hart). I really felt invested in these characters and their relationships. I was afraid of this movie being too far to the goofy comedic side, and if anything it was too far to the sappy side (which I would much prefer). There were a few times where it was a little bit overly emotionally manipulative, but it worked.
Michael Ealy was really fantastic as the protagonist. You could really get in his head and everything he said and did was believable. Joy Bryant was very good as well (not to mention stunningly beautiful). I was a bit nervous about the fact that Kevin Hart was in this film, but luckily he wasn't too over-the-top, and he fit the character well.
Yes, this film feels familiar and standard and all of that, but it works. It isn't amazing, but it's certainly worth watching if it's on TV. Would I recommend seeing it in the theater? Not really, unless you are specifically looking for a romantic comedy (or any type of romantic film) in which this is probably your best bet out there right now.