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Plot: Harriet is a retired businesswoman who tries to control everything around her. When she decides to write her own obituary, a young journalist takes up the task of finding out the truth resulting in a life-altering friendship. Runtime: 108 mins Release Date: 03 Mar 2017
Cleverly written, this little film is a gem and shows that a good movie doesn't have to be a big blockbuster. AnnJewel Lee Dixon is wonderful and her personality shines through every scene she is in. Shirley MacLaine, while getting older, shows she still has "it." While my wife cried at the end, I didn't think of it as a typical "chick flick."
Loved this Movie (by BrightVibes)
Just saw The Last Word, and got to hear the director speak afterward. I loved it. Heartwarming story, great character development. Serious, yet humorous - cute at times. Great movie about an elderly woman who is dealing with the final years of her life. Shirley MacLaine is outstanding. The little girl, played in the movie, by AnneJewel Dixon, is perfectly sassy. And Anne Heche gives a really great performance as MacLaine's daughter. I really enjoyed how MacLaine's character strengthened Amanda Seyfried's character and help her grow. It is very rare in Hollywood to see a movie <more>
focused on the issues that that the elderly face in their final years - and this movie does it in a touching way, sometimes lighthearted, sometimes serious.
for real music lovers and a delightful movie! (by lookyloo-76906)
I loved this movie! I wasn't sure I would like this movie. not because I don't like shirley mc laine. Because I love her work. But because I hadn't heard anything about the last word. What a great movie! the story is beautiful and it takes the person watching it to feel involved with her journey and the people that get to know her learn a great lesson. the MUSIC is magical!! I am not sure who they all were but I want to find out if there is a soundtrack!I heard the kinks. But really must not have listened to them. since they were some of the musicans in this movie. love music and <more>
a good story. watch this delightful move the Last Word
Anyone that did not like this movie must be brain dead. I am not into long reviews, so I will make it short. Shirley MaClaine has still got it, she is funny, heartwarming, and lights up the screen. The story is charming, music is great, and it makes you feel good. I recommend this movie wholeheartedly. I hope you have a chance to see it and enjoy it like I did.
Beautiful story and really great music (by fitzgerald_melissa)
This movie was such a treasure. Who among us doesn't wonder what people will say when we die? A real poignant telling of a person taking stock of their life with humor and grace, even though she wasn't quite seen in that light for most of her life. Such great moments on how to be brave and lead when it's scary to do so. And how to figure out what you want when it's easier to just do what you're told.Watching Harriet journey through to find "the 4" main things that would allow her to let go of her control-filled life and finalize her legacy makes you pause and <more>
think about the mirror we all will have to raise at the end of our days to see if this is in fact where we want to leave off - if you have the luxury to do so. What I have not seen mentioned anywhere is how great the soundtrack is. Wow. I would like to buy it right now, please. If there was time to expand on this part of the movie, it could have evolved into a senior version of High Fidelity. Worth it. Thumbs up.
'Please don't have a nice day. Have a day that matters... have a day that means something.' (by gradyharp)
Stuart Ross Fink appears to be making his screen writing debut with this very successful film THE LAST WORD. Mark Pellington directs a well-selected cast to support this showcase for the many talents of 83-year-old Shirley MacLaine. Not only is the film a fine story well told: it also takes on the topic f ageism and the manner in which the elderly are viewed in our youth oriented society. Harriet Shirley MacLaine is a highly successful, retired businesswoman who wants to control everything around her until the bitter end. To make sure her life story is told her way, she pays off her local <more>
newspaper one of her many recipients of her wealth to have her obituary written in advance under her watchful eye. But Anne Amanda Seyfried , the young journalist assigned to the task, refuses to follow the script and instead insists on finding out the true facts about Harriett's life, resulting in a life-altering friendship. We meet Harriet's estranged husband Edward Philip Baker Hall , her equally estranged daughter Elizabeth Anne Heche , a 'mind-of-her-own' foster child Brenda AnnJewel Lee Dixon whom Harriet takes under her wing and learns as much from the child as she attempts to influence her, and her final 'boss' – radio disc jockey Robin Sands Thomas Sadowski - who places Harriet in the early morning radio slot as a disc jockey par excellence. From each encounter Anne arranges for Harriet discovering that no one has anything positive to say about Harriet's self absorbed life history we watch Harriet come to life as she has never lived it. MacLaine offers a bravura performance deserving of awards. The entire cast is excellent. This is a very fine film in this time of prejudice against ageism.
This great mix of well-established talent with others just starting out makes for one enjoyable film. (by dave-mcclain)
Actress Shirley MacLaine has had quite a career – and an interesting life. She was ahead of her time in being a very independent-minded career woman and developed a reputation for being difficult to work with. She had a decades-long marriage which ended in divorce, but produced one child, a daughter. In her later years, she has remained active in trying to shape her legacy, which is clearly seen in her 2017 comedy-drama "The Last Word" R, 1:48 . Advertising executive Harriet Lauler has had quite a career – and an interesting life. She was ahead of her time in being a very <more>
independent-minded career woman and developed a reputation for being difficult to work with. She had a decades-long marriage which ended in divorce, but produced one child, a daughter. In her later years, she has become active in trying to shape her legacy, which is what the 2017 comedy-drama "The Last Word" is all about. Now, art-imitating-life parallels aside, playing Harriet serves to remind us how busy MacLaine has remained, on screens big and small, even as her 70s drifted into her 80s – and what a singular talent she remains."Control is very important to Harriet," one character observes. That's an understatement – and an incomplete one too. Not only has Harriet Lauler Shirley MacLaine always exerted control over as many parts of her life as possible, she was always been very disagreeable as she did so. Years ago, she angrily quit the ad agency that she helped to found because she didn't like how one of her clients conducted a focus group. She once told her gynecologist ! , "When I want your opinion, I'll give it to you." Her parish priest even admits, "I hated her. So much." These days, Harriet's retired. She lives alone in her big house and exerts her brand of rude control by chastising her gardener for trimming her hedges from top to bottom, instead of from bottom to top, as she has instructed him, "many times" he admits with a sigh. Then, when she reads someone's obituary in her local newspaper, she finds something else to control.Harriet visits the paper's offices and asks the editor, Ronald Odom Tom Everett Scott , to introduce her to the obituary writer, Anne Sherman Amanda Seyfried . Sitting behind Ronald's desk, Harriet gives Anne the assignment to write her obituary now, so she can be sure she'll be satisfied with what will be published about her in the newspaper after she is gone. Ronald tells Anne that Harriet had been a great friend to the paper when she did ads for Ronald's father and implies that she might remember the paper in her will. "Make her happy," is Ronald's simple instruction to Anne, who reluctantly gets to work. The problem is that there just isn't much to say about Harriet beyond her past career accomplishments – and Anne can't find a single person to say anything nice about her – even from the list of names that she received from Harriet herself. Naturally, Harriet is dissatisfied with Anne's first draft – and tells her so.Harriet has read a number of obituaries and determined that there are four things that make a good obituary: a loving family, the respect of co-workers, touching the life of someone who needs a helping hand and a wild card, something unique in the life of the deceased that provides the proverbial icing on the cake. Harriet knows that Anne won't write anything about Harriet that is not truthful, so she gets Anne to help her "shape a legacy". Without giving away how all of this shakes out, I'll just say that this journey puts Harriet and Anne in touch with Harriet's ex-husband Phillip Baker Hall , Harriet's estranged daughter Anne Heche , a former co-worker Joel Murray , an at-risk youth AnnJewel Lee Dixon and a charming disc jockey Thomas Sadoski . And as the two women work together on Harriet's unusual project, she does some unwelcome, but well-intentioned meddling in Anne's personal life as well."The Last Word" is a relatively original and very well-done genre film. Sure, it's formulaic, but movies use formulas for a reason. The real question is whether the film tells its story effectively and this one definitely does. The script from Stuart Ross Fink writing his first feature creates a fresh take on the trope of examining a life not-so-well-lived and gives us interesting characters. The excellent actors bring out the nuances in those characters and director Mark Pellington "Arlington Road", "The Mothman Prophecies" gives the film a great balance of comedy, drama, life lessons and just plain fun. The film's ending may be predictable, but getting there is a very rewarding experience. Movie Fans especially fans of Ms. MacLaine will likely be thankful that, with other projects in the works, this film won't be the last word in Shirley MacLaine's stellar career. It also makes us look forward to much more to come from the talented Seyfried, the spunky newcomer Dixon and rookie writer Fink, with this impressive debut. This great mix of well-established talent with others just starting out makes for one enjoyable film. "A-"
I have to admit going into this a little unprepared and not sure what to expect. I hadn't read any write ups and went in with very little knowledge of what the movie was about. I nearly always like Shirley MacLaine movies, she rarely does a bad one and Amanda Seyfried usually does OK. This was no exception and Shirley MacLaine really shines in this one. The roles is not really new, we have seen her in this type of role before so it is one she is either picked for or picks for herself.Amanda Seyfried does quite well, but the real performance to look out for is from AnnJewel Lee Dixon, she <more>
really does make for a fun movie and steals some of the scenes she is in from Shirley MacLaine. Word of warning, if you don't like the use of foul language by young children you may not like this movie, be prepared for that.Some would say this is a predictable movie, so be it, it probably is, but it is also very entertaining and worth the price of admission.8/10 for me and I would see it again.
The Curse of A CHRI$TMAS CAROL is the "gift" that keeps on . . . (by oscaralbert)
. . . giving, but let's look Charles Dickens' Gift Nag in its mouthful of rotten teeth through its latest permutation, THE LAST WORD. Shirley MacLaine is cast here in the Ebenezer Scrooge role, and manages to turn all gooey, saccharin, and philanthropic without seeing ANY ghosts. This Myth of Fat Cat One Per Center Greedheads with hearts of gold has given us our current Vicelord--a man after Dickens' own heart in terms of dumping Baby Moms and latching onto the newer models--Red Commie KGB Chief Vlad "The Mad Russian" Putin's Puppet Rump. Realists and film fans <more>
will remember that throughout IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, evil slumlord Old Man Potter NEVER turns over a new leaf to give even one sucker a break. That's how Real Life works; NOT along the lines of these feel-good Cinderella fantasies that is, upward mobility for the Poor, thanks to Rich People featuring Scrooge or Ms. MacLaine's "Harriet Lawler." In other words, Oligarch Putin will NOT let Oligarch Rump continue ObamaCare, Medicaid, Planned Parenthood, Social Security, or Medicare, and Satan will NOT rip up the pacts they've signed, no matter how many feet they have in their graves.