“About Last Night” h.a.r.m. Essay Analysis
“About Last Night” Adaptation based on the stage play “Sexual Perversity in Chicago” by David Mamet
Storyline: A man and woman meet and try to have a romantic affair, despite their personal problems and the interference of their disapproving friends.
2014 cast- Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Joy Bryant, Michael Ealy
1984 cast- Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Elizabeth Perkins, James Belushi.
“About Last Night” themes: Men, Women ,Sex , Strategy, Risk, Friendship, Words, Honesty, Commitment , Romance
Cross casting is often done as movie studios cast roles originally occupied by white actors with minority actors in the remakes of those movies.
Can a mainstream movie contain universal themes with a majority cast of minority actors and appeal to mainstream audiences?
What’s the tipping point?
Since most mainstream movie minority characters fit consistently within the archetypes that we have discussed this semester, does the number of minority actors in the cast change a movie’s mainstream “universal appeal”?
Essay Assignment questions
Compare the cross casting of the main characters Danny, Debbie, Bernie and Joan in both films “About Last Night”( 1984) and “About Last Night” (2014). Does the cross casting create a “tipping point” for mainstream movie audiences?
Explain how the movie reflects or contradicts the H.A.R.M. theory?
The Ground rules
Your essay must be 350-450 words, using a minimum of 25 different keyword terms discussed in the course, using 12 point font. Please bold type your keywords and show your total word count for the essay. You must submit your essay to blackboard Safeassign and bring a hardcopy to class. This assignment is Due by 5:30pm, Wednesday May 9th.
Qualify your judgments supporting the thesis statement in a logical and convincing order using the “key terms” you have been provided with this semester. Please take the time to grow a strong T.R.E.E. Thesis supported by Reasons which rest upon Evidence and Examples