I'm fortunate to have seen "What Happened Last Night" four times already. The first time was a test screening, and it wasn't the final version that will be released on November 4, 2016. The other three times were the final version.
THE PLOT: Danny (Clayton Snyder) and Sarah (Alix Kermes) are recently out of relations with people that cheated on them. Their respective friends Joe (Cody Calafiore) and Mindy (Diana Durango) are determined for them to have a great time and forget about their exes at the last Gamma Bash of their senior year. (NOTE: Danny and Sarah do not know each other.) What ensues is a night of hilarity with fraternity brothers, beer pong, cheesy pick up lines and keg stands. Danny and Sarah both get completely drunk and wake up together the next morning, having no clue as to what happened the night before. Don't worry--They do figure it out in the end, and everything is tied up in a nice little bow for the audience.
THE ACTORS: Cody Calafiore as Joe Crosby is the best actor, hands down. His comedic timing is impeccable, and his one liners are fantastic. Calafiore makes the script his own, and is very believable as college senior and big man on campus Joe Crosby.
Shelley Regner as Liz is absolutely the best actress, no question. She is silly and funny and reminiscent of the friend that always got you in trouble in college. I just wish we could have heard her sing in a karaoke scene, the way she belts in the "Pitch Perfect" franchise.
The best newcomer is Austin Davis as Freshie. Although I don't know why I guy from Iowa has a Southern accent, Freshie really grows on the audience from the time you meet him in the frat house until the time he... well, you'll see...
The ensemble itself is really great, with awesome performances by Amber Rose, David Otunga, T'Keyah Crystal Keymah, Clayton Snyder, Diana Durango, Alix Kermes and Jake Thomas. The Jake Thomas scene in the bar with Durango and Otunga is one of the best moments of the film.
BEHIND THE CAMERA This is Candice Cain's first feature film as a writer and a director, and she did a really great job. The script is awesome and leaves the audience wanting more not because there wasn't enough, but because it was so good that we don't want it to end.
Jon Merccer, the Director of Photography, already won an award for this film for "Best Cinematography" at the Innovative Film Festival. He really deserved it. The color, angles and effects are really great and add so much to the film.
THE MUSIC The soundtrack of "What Happened Last Night" featured music from Latchkey, Steven Rodriguez, DeVita and many others. All of the music Is from independent artists, which is so refreshing. The soundtrack is truly fantastic, and can be the soundtrack for the lives of so many college students.
IN CONCLUSION You need to see this film. NEED. If you're in college or high school, you'll totally relate to it. If you went to college, you'll totally relate to it-- Regardless of when you graduated. If you didn't go to college, then you'll STILL relate to it because you've been to parties! It's a fun, fun movie. It's about time something like this comes out for my generation.