The Last Word [Blu-ray]
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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
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.
Evan writes the last words, for people apparently contemplating suicide. He has an approach, get the person to write a diary, get to know them well, and then write a poem or poetic prose that is read at their funeral. Evan is boring, stiff, and looks like a hairy Jeff Goldblum (has no clue how to move on camera); exactly what the script ordered. In the opening montage, Evan attends a funeral. He's taking notes, there's not a lot of people at the funeral. Charlotte (Winona Ryder) notices him and they talk. She is attacted to Evan and a relationship develops. Of course Evan has to lie to Charlotte about how he knows her brother that is dead.
Essentially the story boils down to The Importance of Being Ernest. The whole premise is Evan not telling the whole truth and hiding himself behind not talking a lot. Innuendo.
The film had some good style and pacing. The photography and set production were very good.
Ray Romano was a surprise. He's finally not Raymond stand up or unhappy husband. I thought the cast worked together very well.
One and a half hours. Rated R for language, there is no nudity. Very littel violence.
A small film, that I enjoyed very much. Seems I am in the minority on the enjoyment of this film.
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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I won't repeat the basic premise that others have shared, instead I'll add a couple aspects I haven't seen others mention yet: First of all -- I noted a bit of a nod to the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mac, the Library Lion
Good movie, I liked it. It was well written and acted, a lot of people have issues I guess, some more than others. Kind of a surprise ending in a way, not a bad way. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jackie L. Adams
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 morePublished on May 10, 2014 by Pixie
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
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 on January 2, 2014 by bitshifter
Lovely Winona Ryder excellent as ever! I recommend this DVD to everyone! Great movie, great cast, script and the direction!Published on December 18, 2012 by Simidzija Natasa
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 morePublished on March 7, 2012 by WinKy