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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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  • Actors: Gina Hecht, Winona Ryder, Ray Romano, Wes Bentley
  • Directors: Geoff Haley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Unrated
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001PJRATO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,843 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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"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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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. There's nothing really surprising, looking back the film more or less had to go in the direction it did. I think that as long as you accept the characters for who they are, this film not only works, but works well. It's not Romeo & Juliet, so it may be difficult to push an interpretation on the main characters. An open mind & some serious suspension of belief is necessary here. Lot's of quirky comedy going on with just enough reality to make the film move along without ending up in a true morass. I'm trying not to spoil anything. So I won 't...I hope..........
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This movie caught me from the opening music, I bought into it immediately. I particularly liked the cast, Winona Ryder (I don't think she has looked more beautiful in a long time), Wes Bentley, and Ray Romano. Sounds like a strange cast that couldn't work, but it does in a very odd way.

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.
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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 neighborhoods. Downtown has always struck me as a vast wasteland and an easy place to get lonely or killed, which ever happens first. Winona nails the role of an LA Woman perfectly. She comes on really strong then fades away just when you think you can capture her... No one plays a dry personality as well as Wes Bentley and he's as dry as the desert in this movie.
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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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