That’s the biggest and most obvious new spin in the remake of the 1986 film, opening Feb. But star Kevin Hart says the racial switch “changes nothing.” “We’re still telling a universal story about the ups and downs of dating,” Hart says — though the 21st century version updates romance to include modern staples like sexting, hookup apps and friends with benefits.
Michael Ealy and Joy Bryant take over Rob Lowe and Demi Moore’s roles as lovers trying to turn a one-night stand into a long-term bond.
Like its predecessor, which was based on the David Mamet play “Sexual Perversity in Chicago,” the 2014 film focuses on Danny and Debbie, a couple — played by Silver Spring native Michael Ealy and “Parenthood” star Joy Bryant — fighting through the conflicts that arise from cohabitation.
“He looked at me [earlier] and said, ‘Regina, did we work together before? “This is what he does.” Hart then turns to his co-star, stares at her for a second and deadpans: “Regina, right? This may be what Hart does, but pushing each other’s buttons is what Hart and Hall do together, whether they’re chatting on a February morning with a journalist or engaging in a volatile, on-again, off-again relationship in “About Last Night,” a reboot of the 1986 dramedy starring Rob Lowe and Demi Moore, this time starring a predominantly African American cast.
While they’ve never played love interests before, Hall and Hart have appeared together in several movies, including 2012’s “Think Like a Man,” 2010’s “Death at a Funeral” and a couple of the entries in the “Scary Movie” franchise.
Awkwardly thrown together as referees for Bernie and Joan’s full-contact style of dating, Danny and Debbie share a one-night stand, not expecting it to go any further.
But their initial attraction develops into something more, and before long they’re fumbling through the paces of falling in love and moving in together.
Hart (co-star of the hit comedy “Ride Along”) and Regina Hall assume the roles, played in ’86 by Jim Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins, of the leads’ respective BFFs, who make their own love-hate connection.
“The story hits the same beats, but as black people, we bring a certain rhythm,” says Hall, offering her take on the update, which, like the original, is based on the David Mamet play “Sexual Perversity in Chicago.” Director Steve Pink is white — but he was extremely happy to work blue.