The allure of The Big Apple has ensnared countless people from around the world, and it's easy to see why from "Last Night." In her directorial debut, screenwriter Massy Tadjedin ("The Jacket") presents Lower Manhattan as an erotically charged nighttime playground full of gorgeous people, erudite conversation, classy restaurants and killer apartments.

The allure of The Big Apple has ensnared countless people from around the world, and it's easy to see why from "Last Night." In her directorial debut, screenwriter Massy Tadjedin ("The Jacket") presents Lower Manhattan as an erotically charged nighttime playground full of gorgeous people, erudite conversation, classy restaurants and killer apartments.

However, if you've visited the city, you know it's not all pretty. The experience wouldn't be quite the same, and wouldn't feel quite authentic, without touching on some of the rough edges around the glamour. The same applies to the marriage Tadjedin puts to the test in her script.

We first meet Joanna (Keira Knightley) and Michael (Sam Worthington) on their way to a party, where Joanna meets Michael's new co-worker Laura (Eva Mendes) and discovers she's far hotter and more attentive than Michael indicated. Wifely jealousy erupts into an argument that's not totally resolved when Michael leaves the next morning on a business trip with Laura.

While he's out of town, Joanna runs into Alex (Guillaume Canet), the earnest and still very interested Frenchman with whom she canoodled before marrying Michael. Tadjedin goes back and forth between husband and wife as they spend the night apart, each flirting with infidelity.

Knightley and Mendes do their damndest to bring genuine emotion to the scenario, but they're up against a story structure that controls the action with an iron grip. It's all so intently choreographed, with not one meaningful glance or comment out of place, that "Last Night" eventually feels less like a relationship drama and more like a perfume commercial.