JoJo Whilden
Owen Gleiberman
May 05, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Last Night

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
96 minutes
performer
Sarah Polley, Callum Keith Rennie, Don McKellar, Sandra Oh
director
Don McKellar
author
Don McKellar
genre
Drama

We gave it a B+

”You can be happy and still be tempted.” So says Michael (Sam Worthington), one half of a chic New York couple whom we follow in parallel extramarital flirtations. Will Joanna (Keira Knightley), reunited with an old flame (Guillaume Canet), go to bed with him? Will Michael give in to the seductions of his colleague (Eva Mendes)? The will-they-or-won’t-they structure is a bit facile, but Last Night is on to something fascinating. It meditates on the meaning of adultery: the purposes it serves, beyond sex. Knightley and Worthington create a fragile, touching chemistry. (Also available via on demand) B+

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