ABOUT LAST NIGHT addresses a question that was central to the 80s: CAN a one-night-stand be transformed into an LTR? Or does the early heat of passion unable to sustain itself over the long term when the couple encounters "real~life" problems?
A subplot to the question is this: what happens when your friends don't care for the person you're dating (and vice versa)? And, what if your friends don't like her friends / his friends? Some major awkwardness can arise as each person jockeys for position in the pecking-order of your affections.
The movie was made back when it was a fad to have movies be 1/2 storyline & 1/2 rock video. The film is set in Chicago and Robe Lowe & John Belushi play best buds who are trying to get by in a profession that they both abhor. A young Demi Moore portrays the love interest for Lowe's character.
I was always perplexed that for yrs this movie was only available on DVD in a foreign / import format. So, when I saw the release on BLU-RAY (for a good price) I felt compelled to pick it up. Demi wasn't shy about disrobing in her early films, and I believe this one has more nudity in it than any of her other movies. Oh, and I SO prefer Demi pre-boob job (although that's always a given w/me when it comes to any woman).
ST. ELMO'S FIRE is about a group of recent graduates of Georgetown university. They are in a nascent phase of their life where they're between college life & the profession that they will choose to have for the rest of their lives.
The first time I saw the film, I didn't care for it much ~ mainly because I disliked the main character (Billy - played by Rob Lowe). I've known too many Billy types in my life; he was a smooth talker who was irresponsible, mis-treated women, couldn't hold a job & was pretty much out-of-control. Nevertheless, Billy is the type of dude that you could have parachuted over Antartica & a day later he will magically find hot springs with a group of bikini-clad Antartic babes. Ugh!
Watching the movie 25+ years later, I appreciated it more than I did while I was in HS. It took me no time @ all to recall to mind why I had such a huge crush on Ally Sheedy (Leslie). She is as adorable in the movie now as she was way back in the 80s!
None of the male characters in the film are particularly "normal." Kirby (Emilio Estevez) and Kevin (Andrew McCarthy) are both obsessed with 1 woman that they idolize. Their approach in the matter is quite different. While Kevin lives as a virtual hermit who never dates, Kirby becomes a stalker of the woman he's infatuated with (Dale - portrayed by the gorgeous Andie MacDowell). Fortunately for him, Dale is sympathetic to stalkers & doesn't toss him into jail!
The plot of the movie revolves around how all of the lives of the characters weave into & out of each other's lives. None of the characters make a particularly seamless transition from college life to post-college life. The soundtrack is one of the better Rock / David Foster soundtracks ever made, and MAN IN MOTION remains one of my all-time favorite songs. So, if you're in the mood for 80s nostalgia, this disc belongs in your collection!