Reviews: About Last Night, Endless Love

Sandy Kenyon reviews "About Last Night" and "Endless Love".
February 14, 2014 1:41:54 PM PST
It's not exactly go-for-a-stroll weather, but if you're heading out, a movie might make the perfect date.

Two romance-themed options are now out for the Valentine's Day crowd.

Hollywood went back to the future and landed in the 1980's. There are now three remakes of movies from that decade in theaters everywhere this weekend.

While "Robocop" would be a worthy choice, two movies that aim for romance can cater to the Valentine's Day audience.

The talent of Kevin Hart, who starred in "Ride Along" with Ice Cube, induced laughter and attracted interest as "Bernie" just enough to make the story "About Last Night" tolerable.

"Bernie" appoints himself boss of his coworker's sex life in a raunchy comedy that began life as a play and became a movie, which wasn't very good when it opened a quarter of a century ago.

The cast may be different, but this tale remains like the old one about boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl, boy-gets-girl. Despite the hip setting, the action feels dated and forced just like its predecessor.

Meanwhile, "Endless Love" is simply a reenactment of a 1981 film by the same name.

Though Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde look great together, they are too old to play high school students.

It's beyond melodrama - call it melo-trauma! The truth about "Endless Love" can be found by dividing the title in half. Love makes it fit for Valentine's Day, but at just an hour and a half, it is still boring enough to feel endless.