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The Last Word (2008)

Winona Ryder , Wes Bentley  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Winona Ryder, Wes Bentley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001PJRATE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,480 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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An odd-but-gifted poet, Evan Merck (Wes Bentley, American Beauty) makes his living writing suicide notes for the soon-to-be departed. So when he meets Charlotte (Winona Ryder, Girl, Interrupted), the free-spirited sister of his latest client, Evan has no choice but to lie about his relationship to her late, lamented brother. Curiously attracted by his evasive charms, a smitten Charlotte begins her pursuit, forcing Evan to juggle an amorous new girlfriend, a sarcastic new client (Ray Romano, Everybody Loves Raymond) and an ever-increasing mountain of lies in this dark romantic comedy about a quirky young man who can't tell write from wrong.

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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked Sundance gem from 2008 April 14, 2009
Format:DVD
"The Last Word" tells the improbable story of a standoffish suicide-note writer (Wes Bentley) falling in love with the sister (Winona Ryder) of one of his clients. The more she learns about him, the more she likes him--until she discovers what he does for a living. The best performance in the movie comes from Ray Romano (and I've never been a huge fan of "Everybody Loves Raymond") as a prospective client who works doing background music for schools.

If you can get past the improbability of the basic premise, there is much to enjoy in this movie. Bentley makes his character believable (as much as any one person could), and Ryder gives a lively performance. A good rental with a Sundance pedigree.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AND I REMAIN STILL May 21, 2012
Format:DVD
Romantic comedy??? Perhaps a romantic dark comedy without too much romance or comedy...although I did find myself laughing a few times. Wes Bently stars as Evan Merak, an aloof person with his own issues. He professionally composes suicide notes like a Russian novelist. He attends the funerals of those who actually go through with the deed, mostly to hear and critique his own composure read out loud.

While attending a funeral he meets the moody Charlotte (Winona Ryder) the sister of a victim. They end up dating. Evan tries to keep his specific relationship with her brother a secret and lies to Charlotte. Charlotte is comparatively unsophisticated, and like Winona she thinks a good date is one that doesn't try to "steal my credit card." (One of my several LOL moments.) In one early scene at a diner she has on no make-up or jewelry then in the next scene she is driving Evan home from said diner and has on her painted face as well as wearing pearls...something she wears later on in the film...Geoffrey Haley,another Ed Wood academy graduate. Here's your card.

While Evan is trying to keep things a secret, he is aiding other clients which raises Charlotte's curiosity level. You wait for the climax scene when he confesses everything to her. Decent film for quirky indie lovers.

F-bomb (thank you Winona), no on screen sex or nudity
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5.0 out of 5 stars The morass of pain May 26, 2009
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Another excellent production from ThinkFilms, where the past is dragged along as the future becomes epigrammatic and silent.

Evan (Wes Bentley) chances to earn a modest living writing suicide notes for clients who no longer have the desire or the strength to live. His poetry is in dissonance with his imperturbable and aloof demeanor, which deadens the aura of every frame he is involved in, even the more erotic and moving. However the plot hits a high note when Charlotte catches a glimpse of him at her brother's funeral, whose suicide note was authored by Evan. She does not become acquainted with the nature of Evan's poetic engagements and amid strife and guilt becomes endeared and ultimately enamored with the numb introspective intellectually brooding Evan. Charlotte - here played by Winona Ryder with effortless wit and sophistication, teeming with energy and spontaneity - chases after Evan, for what initially seems to be a means of making amends and an effective way to grieve, only to eventuate into a full-blown passionate love affair which Evan fails to repel intent on keeping his stoic persona, for his resolve is overwhelmed by the appeal of his ex-client's beauty and joy de vivre, her flair and her impulsive absorption into a life she is emotionally engaged in, and one which, to the contrary, Evan distrusts and lives only at a distance, removed from the exuberance it excites in Charlotte.

Matters are further complicated as Evan befriends a client (Ray Romano), whose honest pitiful and cynic character offers many of the laughs in this production amid the torture of a numbness that echoes in the hollow inner lives of the prospective suicides.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Improbable premise, but it works September 12, 2013
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Evan (Wes Bentley), an apparently unemotional introvert who appears to lack any feelings, makes his living writing suicide notes. He also likes to attend the funerals of those who have used his services. This is where he meets Charlotte (Winona Ryder), the attractive sister of one of his clients. Having no idea as to his connection with her brother, she becomes fascinated with him and eventually romantically passionate about him. While he resists her advances for quite some time, eventually he succumbs and they become romantically involved, that is, until she discovers what he does for a living as well as his connection with her brother while going through his papers at his apartment.

Comic relief is provided by a client (played by Ray Romano) who thinks he wants to commit suicide but never finds what Evan writes for him satisfactory because, well, he has too much to live for to commit suicide just yet.

Although the premise that someone would be able to make a living writing suicide notes is implausible, if you can get beyond this, it's a great movie. Evan's transformation from a complete and misanthropic introvert to a person with passion and character as he becomes romantically involved with Charlotte is entirely believable and really quite charming.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Word
I received my dvd quickly in the mail & I bought it for under $3, so it was a great price. However I have NOT ahad time to watch it yet. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pixie
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE IT. IT'S SO DIFERENT!
First of all I want to say that movie I liked enough but should also add that it is not a movie for everyone.
The main character is not the typical protagonist. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mary
4.0 out of 5 stars Really liked it.
Everyone does a great job in this movie, and the movie itself avoids the usual formulas without seeming to try too hard to do so.
Published 7 months ago by bitshifter
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Gem
Winona Ryder is great in this film, as is Wes Bentley. What really caught me was the way downtown LA is the backdrop for the story along with a couple of other interesting LA... Read more
Published 20 months ago by JackMetal
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Word
Lovely Winona Ryder excellent as ever! I recommend this DVD to everyone! Great movie, great cast, script and the direction!
Published 20 months ago by Simidzija Natasa
4.0 out of 5 stars A Dark Comedy With That Ends With A Bang
I'm not sure how to review this film simply because part of what makes it work is all the things you imagine are going to happen. Then they either do or they don't. Read more
Published on July 22, 2012 by Mark Showalter
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disapppointed
This is the worst movie I have ever seen Winona Ryder have a part in. It seems to me that about every one word spoken starts with an F. Read more
Published on March 7, 2012 by WinKy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie up until the ending when....
the most purely magical ending in cinema history happens and we get to watch Richard Riehle (very under rated actor) toss a fax machine off the cliff...... Read more
Published on March 1, 2011 by Benjamin Ahab
5.0 out of 5 stars Winona at her best!!!
Winona Ryder is really fantastic in this film and you just have to keep watching just to see how it turns out. If you haven't seen this yet then I highly recommend it.
Published on April 1, 2010 by Timothy D. Jenckes
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick and Undamaged
The movies I bought were shipped the day after purchase and arrived quickly and on time. The movies were well packaged and completely new. Very reliable user. :)
Published on March 9, 2010 by Saygen40
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