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‘About Last Night’ remade but not to be remembered

With the release of the new remake “About Last Night,” a four-decade transformation is complete. What began as David Mamet’s 1974 play “Sexual Perversity in Chicago” — a lacerating downer about the impossibility of modern relationships — and was bowdlerized into the edgy but recognizably mainstream Brat Pack semi-classic “About Last Night. . .” (1986) has now become completely and unapologetically generic.

Aside from the non-novelty of its African-American cast, “About Last Night” is no different than the thousands of romantic comedies churned out since the invention of cinema about couples who meet, mate, break up, and make up. Despite a frisky soundtrack that starts off with James Brown’s “Sex Machine” — trust me, it’s downhill from there — this is the visual equivalent of Muzak. You don’t have to see it to have seen it.

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