The Siskel and Ebert At The Blogathon – About Last Night… (1986)

This is my second of 3 submissions for the The Siskel and Ebert At the Blogathon being run by 18 Cinema Lane

Tnx for letting me take part!

“I’m gonna let you guys do what you guys gotta do. Don’t worry about me, I’m just gonna go home, make a little macaroni and cheese, seal the windows, and turn on the gas.” – Bernie

Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Sep 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A look at the single life in Chicago and how things change over the course of a relationship for two twenty-somethings afraid to fall in love.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I heard about when it came out yet never had the chance to see what it was all about up until now.

They are able to give us a very fascinating look at how singles in the 80’s are all essentially seeking the same thing when it come to relationships yet are scared to make the commitment that might lead to true love along the way in a long term type of situation.

Demi Moore and Rob Lowe are both superb here and their characters have very strong chemistry together both in and out of bed which helps make things feel even more realistic.

The dialogue in this movie is written extremely well and the wittiness of it all helps make it come across as being much more poignant and realistic than one might expect.

This helps the story move along in a way that we can believe these characters are real, normal people the whole way through.

Jim Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins are both great in supporting roles here and together with the two leads they helps keep this story so much fun and enjoyable to watch play out.

The story takes place in Chicago and they find a way to make it quite apparent that it takes place there (which is part of the theme of this blogathon)

Check out what Siskel and Ebert thought of this film in the video below (7 minute to 12 minute mark)


Bottom Line – Quite a fascinating look at relationships in the 80’s and how deep down everyone is looking for the same things yet are afraid to admit that they want to commit to something long term. Moore and Lowe are sizzling together and their characters have great chemistry together both in and out of bed. The dialogue is superbly written and is quite witty in the way that it helps move the story forward without feeling bland or superficial along the way. The four main characters are all written really well and they are quite enjoyable to watch because they click so well despite being so diverse from one another. Great seeing Perkins and Belushi in some really fun roles here. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The original title of this film was “Sexual Perversity in Chicago” (taken from the play it is based on). The title was changed after many newspapers and TV stations refused to run ads for a film with such a title. According to The 80s Movies Rewind website, “the name of the movie was changed to “About Last Night” prior to release when the major TV networks warned that they would never air a movie that had ‘perversity’ in the title”. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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4 thoughts on “The Siskel and Ebert At The Blogathon – About Last Night… (1986)

  1. Another good review, MovieRob! It seems like this movie explores different aspects of a romantic relationship, something that is rare to see in film. It’s too bad that Gene didn’t get his wish, as I don’t think a sequel was given to this movie. I’ll add this review to the blogathon participant list right away.


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