'About Last Night' Star Kevin Hart Stands Tall (Sort of) in Hollywood

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Kevin Hart has come a long way from "Soul Plane." The undersized but outspoken comic's first leading role came a decade ago in the much-derided comedy co-starring Snoop Dogg. That movie only earned $14 million at the box office (and a miserable 18% on RottenTomatoes). Hart followed it with some small roles in genuine hits ("The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "Little Fockers"), but all the while he developed a deep and loyal fan base as a comedian.

Since the 2011 release of his stand-up feature "Laugh at My Pain," Hart has been on a roll. "Think Like a Man," based on Steve Harvey's relationship book, was a monster hit in 2012, taking in over $90 million at the box office. Then his second stand-up feature, last year's "Let Me Explain," became the fourth highest-grossing comedy concert film of all time (behind "Eddie Murphy: Raw," "The Original Kings of Comedy" and "Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip").

Hart currently sits at the top of the box-office charts, with his buddy comedy "Ride Along" co-starring Ice Cube having won the past two weekends. Next he's re-teaming with "Think Like a Man" co-stars Michael Ealy and Regina Hall for "About Last Night," the modern-day update of the '80s romantic drama (which was based on the play "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" by David Mamet).

If "Ride Along" keeps rolling like it has been, Hart could have two movies in the top 10 at the box office at the same time in February, a rare feat for any star. His box office appeal will truly be tested in June, though, when the sequel "Think Like a Man Too" opens during the highly competitive summer movie season. But since it's also from Tim Story, director of "Ride Along," and with Michael Ealy and Regina Hall in it as well, the romantic comedy ought to stand out in the crowd — even if Hart himself doesn't.

Also starring Regina Hall, Joy Bryant, Paula Patton, "About Last Night" opens nationwide on Valentine's Day.

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