Saturday, October 03, 2009

About Last Night

I just saw "About Last Night" on Comcast OnDemand. It is based on David Mamet's play "Sexual Perversity in Chicago". It stands for the proposition that either even David Mamet can write a shit script, or more likely that even David Mamet doesn't necessarily get artistic control of movies made from his plays. For those who don't know, David Mamet is arguably the best living American playwright, better even than yours truly. But really, this movie sucks.

First the casting is ludicrous. Rob Lowe is cast as the male lead. No amount of scenes of him supposedly putting it to Demi Moore makes one even for a moment suspect him of being straight enough to put it to Demi Moore. Demi Moore looks like an ad for Revlon and at no time does one suspect her of being a real person. Even without Lowe's preposterous handicap she never gives any sign of being able to act or portray a character.

The storyline is entirely saccharine and predictable. I assume they must either have sedated Mamet to get him to write it or more likely they hired whoever did the casting to do the tearing to shreds of the script.

John Belushi, as Rob Lowe's friend, is the most interesting character in it even though he is directed to a cartoon caricature, but at least a full colored one. Plus he is more credible as a crude asshole than Rob Lowe is as someone in love with a woman, and than Demi Moore is as a woman.

This movie came out in 1986. You have made it quarter of a century without seeing this crapola. Keep up the good work.

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