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The Last Word (2017)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 3 March 2017 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Mark Pellington

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley MacLaine ... Harriet
Amanda Seyfried ... Anne
AnnJewel Lee Dixon ... Brenda (as AnnJewel Lee Majestic Dixon)
Thomas Sadoski ... Robin Sands
Philip Baker Hall ... Edward
Gedde Watanabe ... Gardener
Tom Everett Scott ... Ronald Odom
Joel Murray ... Joe Mueller
Yvette Freeman ... Housekeeper
Valeri Ross ... Wanda Byers (as Valerie Ross)
Anne Heche ... Elizabeth
Steven Culp ... Sam Sherman
Adina Porter ... Bree Wilson
Todd Louiso ... Dr. Morgan
Chloe Wepper ... Agency Receptionist
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Storyline

Harriet (Shirley MacLaine) is a successful, retired businesswoman who wants to control everything around her until the bitter end. To make sure her life story is told her way, she pays off her local newspaper to have her obituary written in advance under her watchful eye. But Anne (Amanda Seyfried), the young journalist assigned to the task, refuses to follow the script and instead insists on finding out the true facts about Harriett's life, resulting in a life-altering friendship. Written by Bleecker Street

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An unexpected friendship that begins at the end See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language. | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Última Palavra See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,630, 5 March 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,782,667, 19 May 2017
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Veteran British actress Millicent Martin enjoys a quick cameo as a "Margaret Dumont". This was surely slipped in as a sly tribute to the legendary character actress Margaret Dumont by the film's star, Shirley MacLaine, who'd appeared with her in What a Way to Go! (1964). See more »

Goofs

At 00:30:32, Anne gets a bottle of tea from her father. It's full at this time. At 00:30:41, the bottle is drained a good amount. But at 00:30:44, it's the first time, she opens the bottle. It's proven, because you can hear her opening the bottle too, and there wasn't any similar activity before. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

References Gods of Egypt (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Riot
Written by Cano Hernández (as Carlos Alberto Hernandez-Gonzalez)
Performed by El Gran Silencio
Courtesy of Regalia Records By arrangement with Sugaroo!
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The Last Word may be highly predictable even with different concept,it worked because of Shirley's worthy performance.
2 November 2017 | by shobanchittuproluSee all my reviews

The Last Word (2017): Dramas may not have strong content but it always triumphs with extraordinary performances and emotional scenes.But surprisingly The Last Word has good content and star-cast is very good.But at the end it just managed to get just an OK reaction from me.

Plot: Harriet (Shirley MacLaine) is a successful, retired businesswoman who wants to control everything around her until the bitter end. To make sure her life story is told her way, she pays off her local newspaper to have her obituary written in advance under her watchful eye. But Anne (Amanda Seyfried), the young journalist assigned to the task, refuses to follow the script and instead insists on finding out the true facts about Harriett's life, resulting in a life-altering friendship

My Review: Here's another one of those by-the-numbers heart-warmers whose every narrative move you can predict 10 minutes before it unfolds.So why does this story about an unlovable woman who wants to edit her own obituary still work like a charm?It stars Shirley MacLaine, who's gloriously grumpy – and appealing – as Harriet Lawlor, a former ad executive who has alienated everyone in her life, including her daughter. Even her priest can't stand her.

The idea of writing your own obituary when things aren't going well itself has scope of good comedy and drama.The Last Word has both the factors but only in limited quantity.The character seems to be in search of purpose much like the script itself. It's engaging enough to see through to the end, despite the material being so light it's a wonder it doesn't float away.

This entirely predictable film has became watchable mainly because of Shirley MacLaine who rocked with her stellar performance.There is an energy and commitment in her performance that gives the film a jolt of life.Seyfried, who can be a vivid actress, has been handed an underwritten part.

So,The Last Word may be highly predictable even with different concept,it worked because of Shirley's worthy performance.

My rating 6.5/10


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