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The Last Word [Blu-ray]
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A boss, a stickler, and a firecracker. Watch Shirley MacLaine light up the screen as Harriet Lauler, a former advertising exec looking to leave behind an admirable legacy in The Last Word.
A writer, a pragmatist, and a voice of reason. See Amanda Seyfried play Anne Sherman, the newspaper’s talented, young reporter in The Last Word.
Thomas Sadoski stars as Robin, the charismatic radio station manager in The Last Word.
Newcomer Ann’Jewel Lee brings sass and style to the big screen as Brenda, Harriet’s (Shirley MacLaine) mentee in The Last Word.
In The Last Word, Shirley MacLaine is Harriet Lauler, a once successful businesswoman in tight control of every aspect of her life. As she reflects upon her accomplishments, she's suddenly inspired to engage a young local writer, Anne Sherman (Amanda Seyfried), to pen her life's story. When the initial result doesn't meet Harriet's high expectations, she sets out to reshape the way she is remembered, with Anne dragged along as an unwilling accomplice. As the journey unfolds, the two women develop a unique bond which alters not only Harriet's legacy, but also Anne's future.
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If you enjoyed MacLaine in Steel Magnolias, as the cantankerous but underneath it all wonderful friend, or in Turning Point, as Dee Dee Rogers, buy this movie you won't be disappointed. MacLaine turns out another outstanding performance, along with Amanda Seyfried, Anne Heche and a host of other wonderful actors. Am so glad this popped up when I turned my Kindle Fire on this morning.
Shirley MacLaine plays a wealthy, lonely woman looking for that 'wild' thing that will make her obituary a good read. Shirley plays Harriet Lauler, retired PR woman who built her own career. She did it the hard way, stepping on and over people, and did not leave many who remember her fondly. Harriet does not have much to live for, no family who will talk to her, no friends, in fact she is such a control freak she takes over for her Gardner and cook when they don't do their jobs her way. She takes a few extra pills, winds up in the hospital, refuses all help, and goes home. Reading the obits she discovers that the people she knew as nasty have been turned into lovely people by their obituaries. She sets out to change her life a little, and hires that obituary writer, Anne, played by Amanda Seinfred to write hers.
Lots of adventures, enter a young underprivileged girl Brenda that Harriet can mentor, a visit to many people who knew Harriet, meeting the estranged daughter, and my favorite part of the film, Harriet becomes a DJ at a free form style music station where we hear everything from the Kinks to avante garde music. The film seems it was written for the '80's, and it is a little over the top, but it is enjoyable. Slow in stride, formulariac, and changes in style, we might think this a film for the family, except for the many x-rated words. View after the kiddies bedtime. Shirley MacLaine is superb.
Recommended. prisrob 05-26-17
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.
* Shirley MacClaine ("Elsa & Fred") Harriet has never doubted herself and she isn't about to start in now! She divides an obituary into four essential elements: Family, Profession, Other Achievements and a "Wild Card." (Which usually provides a catchy opening line.)
* Tom Everett Scott ("La La Land") Ronald Odom is trying to keep the family newspaper alive although print media is a dying business. Harriet's advertising agency had provided revenue that kept his newspaper going for years, so he's willing to throw his obituary writer under the bus...
* 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! Those two go nose-to-nose. She says "Harriet puts B*tch in Obituary." By the way, Seyfried and MacClaine are co-producers of this film.
* AnnJewel Lee Dixon (in her film debut) Brenda is a precocious little girl who instantly qualifies for Harriet's "Wild Card," because she's opinionated, underprivileged, a hooligan and a minority. (Harriet is smart enough to exploit the system.) Brenda tells her, "Ya gotta be SOMETHIN'!"
* 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! (She owns an amazing set of LPs - remember those?)
* Yvette Freeman ("Orange is the New Black") Harriet's housekeeper knows it ALL! But she isn't telling.
* 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? MUST they mow the lawn every other day?
* Joel Murray (Lots of TV) Joe Mueller used to work for Harriet and has nothing but praise for her take-no-prisoners style.
All her life, our heroine has had to battle her way; this means her doctor, her gynecologist, her hairdresser, her former husband, and many others who have had to deal with her, have PLENTY to say to the obituary writer (we in the audience laughed a LOT!). Even Debbie Reynolds shows up in this montage...and gets a big laugh. I really enjoyed it when one of the three leads would suddenly come up with a great, catchy opening line for another obituary!
Many of the scenes look like oil paintings and the musical sound track is to die for (Personally, I would have appreciated captions). We were an enthused and energized screening audience who exited the theater...AND I have pre-ordered my DVD. IT will have closed captions!
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