The original version from the 80s starring Rob Lowe and Demi Moore never stood out to me as being a particularly memorable film. When it comes to 80s Brat Pack movies, that one just never really comes to mind. However, I think if you are looking for a film to remake, I think it's wiser to remake a film like this than it is to take on a film that people feel protective about.
It follows the same basic structure as the original with Kevin Hart and Regina Hall playing Bernie and Joan, who tend to hook up, break up, and make up, bringing fireworks with them along the way. After meeting, they introduce their friends Danny and Debbie (played by Michael Ealy and Joy Bryant) who tend to both be the reserved counterparts to their more over the top friends. They too meet and embark on a relationship, whose slow and steady pace tends to trace the trajectory of most relationships, but eventually the cracks in their relationship begin to show and wear on the couple.
The movie really belongs to Kevin Hart and Regina Hall, with Hall being the best in show for me. They bring the movie every laugh or ounce of excitement and they each play well off one another. And while Joy Bryant fares well, Michael Ealy feels a bit bland and chemistry just doesn't seem as strong between them, and the film seems to sputter a bit when it focuses on Danny and Debbie. They just aren't all that interesting.
Overall, I was entertained well enough, and of the date night movies out right now, you could fare far worse, but I think it was the kind of film that I would be content to add to my Netflix queue. The audience I saw the film with appeared to laugh yet I don't recall the laughter being so enthusiastic to suggest that this is going to be considered a must-see movie. I'm Brad Carnall