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Issue: July 2009

About Last Night (1986) movie review

Be Cautious Young Lovers


The Brat Pack return with this Chicago-based story about a salesman (Rob Lowe) and a graphics designer (Demi Moore) who meet, have sex, fall in love, but cannot maintain their relationship.

Their efforts to make a life together are complicated by his emotional shut-in nature and by their respective best friends (Belushi and Perkins).

About Last Night is a 1980s contemporary romance with pair of pretty actors in the lead and lots of pretty 1980s music in the background.

The characters have some depth and the story has realistic turns and some humour.

Movie Poster, About Last Night; Festivale film review; 220x336

Movie poster, About Last Night
It's about men, women, choices, friendship, love, last night...

There are at least two versions of the opening credits, the cinematic release is an explicity-told exploit while the middle-America television credits are the usual washed-out cop-out. Sigh.

A nice addition for 1980s popcorn night, not challenging, but interesting and entertaining.

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release 1986
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Title: About Last Night (1986)
Written by: David Mamet (play Sexual Perversity in Chicago); Tim Kazurinsky (screenplay) and Denise DeClue
Directed by: Edward Zwick
Running time: 113 mins
Rating: M

The Players: Rob Lowe .... Danny Martin; Demi Moore .... Debbie Sullivan; James Belushi .... Bernie; Elizabeth Perkins .... Joan; Robin Thomas .... Steve Carlson

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