MOVIES: About Last Night…

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Let me start off by saying that I simply cannot stop thinking about this movie and that may or may not be a bad thing.

It’s a Sunday night, a little bit after twelve. Not in the mood to go to sleep yet, I once again was in a deep predicament as to which movie I should watch to pass the time. I wanted something…different. Something that would boost my already sullen mood. Something that would make me think. Leave an impact.

Then, I suddenly come across About Last Night (1986) on some IMBD recommendations. But the plot wasn’t what caught my eye. While reading it I was reminded of Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher’s No Strings Attached (another favorite of mine), Mila Kunis’ and Justin Timberlake’s Friends With Benefits, amongst other basic movies about one night stands turning into something more. The plot wasn’t new to me.

What was new to me, was that this movie starred none other than Rob Lowe and Demi Moore. It was odd because I’ve looked into the Brat Pack before, but upon perusing through the pictures and history of the infamous group my eyes strangely fell towards Rob and Demi in the sense that I thought they would be good together. Like a power couple, both blessed with good looks and famous names.

TL;DR: Yeah okay I admit it. I shipped them at first sight.

I kept the thought in the back of my mind however, not thinking that it would matter. But finding out that they’d done a movie together certainly sparked my interest. I couldn’t wait to watch it and see what it was all about.

And it definitely did not disappoint. As mentioned above, I cannot stop thinking about it. I was a bit tentative at the length of the movie, as it was rather long for my taste and I was afraid that I would grow bored of it, but I surprisingly was left wanting more! The dialogue, the pacing, and everything about it intrigued me. Rather young and naive, I found the ups and downs of Rob and Demi’s relationship in the movie so fascinating and, well, real. I had never watched a movie like it before. I was expecting some rom-com type thing but instead it was quite dramatic and dark. And deep. The things they said, the things they did, everything had meaning to it. It was a heartfelt movie, one where I definitely felt the raw emotions and tensions between the two characters. It makes me wonder about what my life will be like when that time comes.

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I have heard people talk about Rob and Demi’s “lack of chemistry” but I honestly beg to differ. I felt it instantly. Their superb acting also added to the fire. I love it when I can just look at an actor’s eyes and see the way he or she is expressing the emotions, whether it be hurt or pain or suffering. I have also seen many couples in movies act rather awkward around each other. I was grateful that Rob and Demi acted the romantic scenes comfortably, like a real couple in turmoil. Like I said,  I really felt the emotions with this one.

It saddens me to think that people these days will only know about the recent About Last Night (2014) flick, but then again it of course better suits the people in this generation. It’s funnier, sassier. Less dramatic. I find it interesting that the 1986 version is so obscure despite its favorable reviews and box office success.

Even so, this movie will stay close to my heart. I’ve been meaning to check out other Brat Pack movies before my winter break officially ends. Just finished St. Elmo’s Fire and I will admit that I watched it while keeping my eyes peeled for Billy and Jules moments the entire time, but I also liked observing the amazing talents of the 80’s. It’s truly different from today.

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