Released in 1986 and starring two engaged Brat Packers in Emilio Estevez and Demi Moore, Wisdom was Estevez’s first attempt at directing.
The movie revolves around Estevez’s young ambitious character John Wisdom and how an old felony conviction comes back to haunt him as he applies and is turned down for a number of jobs.
Frustrated by his attempts to make a legitimate living, John and his girlfriend, Karen (Demi Moore), set out to commit a series of bank robberies, using the money to ease the plight of down-on-their-luck farmers.
Emilio Estevez wrote as well as starred and directed the movie. Wisdom received generally bad reviews from critics and didn’t fair too well at the box office, but it remains reasonably popular with fans of the Brat Pack genre. Estevez’s brother Charlie Sheen also appears as the City Burger Manager. The brothers have continued to appear together on screen on a number of occasions.
While not a film I want to get out and watch too often, Wisdom isn’t as terrible as some people like to make out. Not a bad first effort for Emilio from behind the camera, I give Wisdom a Brat Pack rating of 6/10.
Wisdom made Emilio Estevez the youngest person to ever write, direct, and star in a major motion picture.
A bus which John Wisdom takes during the movie features the graffiti Plate O’ Shrimp which is a reference to one of Emilio Estevez’s other films, Repo Man.
About Last Night is one of the lesser known Brat Pack movies but still did quite well at the Box Office. It’s a romantic comedy with some drama thrown in for good measure.
It features Danny (Rob Lowe) and Bernie (James Belushi) as two single men living in Chicago. Danny meets Debbie (Demi Moore) at a bar and after a one night stand the pair start a relationship. The film follows the ups and downs of the couple trying to make things work and the effect the relationship has on their friends.
Whilst it may not be the most amazing movie of all time, About Last Night is a good character piece. It shows the difficulties young people face when settling down and is a bit deeper than some of the other Brat Pack pictures.
Brat Pack Rating
About Last Night is an underrated movie with good supporting performances from Elizabeth Perkins and James Belushi. It gets a 7/10 from me.
About Last Night CharactersDanny Martin – Rob Lowe‘s character. Loves Debbie but is scared to commit.
Debbie Sullivan – Played by Demi Moore. Is willing to settle down with Danny but is struggles to make it work.
Bernie – Danny’s buddy who isn’t as stupid as he seems.
Joan – Debbie’s pal with the hard front who wants to protect her friend.
About Last Night Trivia
A section of the movie that wasn’t used turned up on an episode of Friends.
Debbie’s friend Pat is played by Will and Grace star Megan Mullally.
About Last Night Links
Demi Moore was probably more successful in the 90′s than she was in the 80′s, but her role as Jules in St Elmo’s Fire, as well as her relationship with Emilio Etsevez, cemented her place in The Brat Pack. About Last Night was her other big 80′s hit but it was 1990′s Ghost alongside Patrick Swayze that really launched her as a global superstar.
Demi Moore Biography
Demetria Gene Guynes was born on 11th November 1962 in Roswell, New Mexico and spent her childhood in the suburbs of Pittsburg. Her biological father left her mother before she was born. As a result, Morre was give the Surname of her stepfather, Danny Guynes.
Danny Guynes frequently changed jobs, and made the family move fourty times. He committed suicide in 1980. Moore’s parents were bot alcoholics and frequently fought and beat each other.
Demi Moore’s family settled in Los Angeles in 1976. At 16, Moore was pursuaded by a friend to drop out of high school to become an actress.
Her big break came in the soap opera General Hospital where she played Jackie Templeton for a year from 1982. This led to bigger movie roles including the Bart Pack films, St Elmo’s Fire and About Last Night.
The 90′s and current work
During the 90′s, Demi Moore was at one point the highest paid actress in Hollywood. She became the first actress to be paid $10 million for a movie and starred in smash hits including Ghost, Disclosure, A Few Good Men and Indecent Proposal.
The mid nineties saw Moore’s career suffer slightly and she eventually took a break from acting. She returned in 2003 with a starring role in Charlie’s Angles: Full Throttle. She most recently appeared in the Emilio Estevez picture, Bobby.
Demi Moore has been married three times, to Freddie Moore from 1980 – 1984, to Bruce Willis from 1987 – 2000 and most recently to Aston Kutcher in 2005.
Demi Moore Quotes
“There’s this idea that if you take your clothes off, somehow you must have loose morals. There’s still a negative attitude in our society towards women who use a strength that’s inherent – their femininity – in any way that might be considered seductive.”
“Time is an amazing equalizer. I think if you stay true to yourself and keep moving forward, things come around.”
Demi Moore Links
Demi Moore on IMDB – Demi’s IMDB page.