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The Last Word (2008)

1 rating: 5.0
A movie directed by Geoffrey Haley

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 … see full wiki

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Director: Geoffrey Haley
1 review about The Last Word (2008)

Surprise - It's The Importance of Being Ernest

  • Jun 18, 2009
Rating:
+5
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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