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The Last Word (2017) Reviewed By Jay

United States, 19 January 2017

 

Jay´s Review

Here we have a control freak who was recently fired from her own ad agency; she soon stumbles into the fact that many obituaries of her peers don't necessarily tell the whole truth. She sets out on a journey to make sure that does't happen to her.

 

This R-rated (language) film is part of a "Movies for Grownups" movement that I heartily recommend. The script might be just a tad predictable, but we know we will be entertained every single minute. Working from a script by Stuart Ross Fink, director Mark Wellington ("Henry Poole is Here") brings us a first-rate dramedy which features some of our favorite actors.

 

They include:

 

  • * Shirley MacClaine ("Elsa & Fred") Harriet has never doubted herself and she sure isn't about to start in now! It's great to see MacClaine still working up to her terrific standards.
  • * Tom Everett Scott ("La La Land") Ronald Odom is trying to keep the family newspaper alive although print media is a dying business.
  • * Amanda Seyfried ("Pan") Even though Anne is the official obituary writer for the local newspaper, Harriet doesn't think this young woman understands her profession! 
  • * AnnJewel Lee Dixon (in her film debut) Brenda is a precocious little girl who is opinionated.
  • * Valeri Ross ("American Crime Story") Wanda Barnes has worked with many defiant children in her child-care facility, but Brenda taxes even HER patience!
  • * Thomas Sadoski ("John Wick") Robin Sands runs Anne's favorite radio station. Harriet has never heard of it, but watch what happens when she does!
  • * Yvette Freeman ("Orange is the New Black") Harriet's housekeeper knows it ALL!
  • * Anne Heche ("Aftermath") Elizabeth has her own version of the truth but she provides her alienated mother with a hearty laugh.
  • * Gedde Watanabe ("Bravest Warriors") Harriet's gardener can't make up his mind. Is his boss losing it? 
  • * Joel Murray (Lots of TV) Joe Mueller used to work for Harriet and has nothing but praise for her.
Many of the scenes look like oil paintings and the sound track is to die for. We were part of an enthused, chatty and energized screening audience who exited the theater today.

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