The Last Word

The Last Word

DVD - 2017
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Harriet is a retired businesswoman who tries to control everything around her. When she decides to write her own obituary, a young journalist takes up the task of finding out the truth, resulting in a life-altering friendship.
Publisher: Universal City, CA :, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2017]
Branch Call Number: DVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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robinjing
Nov 12, 2017

A waste of great actors. The screen play didn't give the actors much to work with. The plot tried to address too many issues: aging, sex discrimination, racial issues, social inequality, generational differences, etc. It was a good try but it fell short for me. Overall, it was entertaining but it won't be memorable.

Franln Oct 27, 2017

Shirley MacLaine is fabulous as always. This is my favorite of Amanda Seyfried's roles. The little girl is extra hammy, but still pretty cute. Good movie!

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2ballardite
Oct 14, 2017

My husband and I enjoyed this film! There were some great messages... try to become your best self, make mistakes, take risks, don't be afraid to fail ... Strong performances by Shirley Maclaine and Amanda Seyfried!

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lindy919
Oct 09, 2017

Much better than expected

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WILLIAM GLASS
Sep 25, 2017

My girlfriend and I (in our mid and early 70s) warmly enjoyed this. Predictable? Maybe. Also comfortable. As a kid in the 1950s, I saw Shirley MacLaine in Hitchcock's The Trouble With Harry, her first film. She has aged far better than that film has. This film does her credit, as it does a more recent delight, Amanda Seyfried. It's good to see a film with so many well-written roles for -ahem- actors of a certain age. As to why there should have been a child actor written into the script -- this is a film about generations learning from one another, and the more mythologically inclined among you will already be aware of the Triple Goddess archetype. (With Anne Heche cameo-ing as an inbetween-stage manifestation.). The film has a warmth to its pallet, an an eclectic bounce to its soundtrack, and skillfully earned, from my girlfriend and I, a cathartic two-Kleenex rating.

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Barsby
Sep 23, 2017

This is not a 4-star film. It's predictable to the point of boredom. I think the pacing was also a problem. We've all seen films of this ilk that are still enjoyable. If you are a fan of MacLaine, then see a fresher version of her character in the 1994 film GUARDING TESS.

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Miller1114
Sep 15, 2017

Meh. The child actor was not necessary. I'm still trying to figure out why that character was written into the script.

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jimg2000
Sep 12, 2017

Comedy ensured when a controlling lonely rich old woman hired a young newspaper writer with perpetually knitted brows to preview her own obituary. MacLaine and Seyfried made a great pair of unconventional characters, one hoped to redefine her past while the other cultivate a better future. Agree with some critics that the film was somewhat formulaic or at times a bit condescending; but what matters most is that the film has an unusual yet credible plot, entertaining overall and excellent acting.

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cmarie20
Sep 07, 2017

Enjoyed it - I'm a MacLaine fan and this was a good venue for her - love the guy who played her ex-husband.

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Olivy
Aug 26, 2017

I thought it was really good. For a superstar film, it was surprisingly 'indy' in it's feel for the first 2/3, but then got a little over the top towards the end, but it was still worth watching. A great exploration on the topic of mortality, the perceptions that others have of us and what we think those perceptions are, and what to do when we don't like who we have become. I found it inspirational and encouraging, all be it just a little silly towards the end.

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jimg2000
Sep 12, 2017

There are more memorable quotes but IMDb already got these better ones:

Harriet: Please don't have a nice day. Have a day that matters. Have a day that's true. Have a day that's direct. Have a day that's honest. A nice day? Mm-mmm, you'll be miserable. Have a day that means something.
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Anne: She puts the bitch in obituary.
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Harriet: Fall on your face. Fail. Fail spectacularly. Because when you fail, you learn. When you fail, you live.

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jimg2000
Sep 12, 2017

This is not in IMDb yet:
So I hear you kids are at risk. All kids are at risk, you know. Show me a kid who is not at risk and I'll show you a kid who will be a nobody. Taking risks is what life is all about. I took a risk. I went to college. And in my day, no man wanted to marry a woman who was educated. No man wanted to marry a woman who worked. No man wanted a woman that he worked for. But my favorite was no one wanted to marry a woman in business. But those were the risks I was willing to take.
-Why? Why did you take those risks?
Because there was no way I was not going to live up to my potential. So you have to ask yourselves this question, are you willing to take a risk to do something stupid? Or are you willing to take a risk at doing something great?

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