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Last Chance Harvey (2008)

A movie directed by Joel Hopkins

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  • Apr 5, 2011
Sweet, romantic, endearing, charming, and utterly enchanting Joel Hopkins "Last Chance Harvey" is one of the most appealing romantic dramas I have seen in a very long time thanks to in part to wonderfully charming performances from Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman and a wonderful script from director/screenwriter Joel Hopkins. "Last Chance Harvey" is one of the most appealing romantic films you have the pleasure of seeing. This is an immensely appealing film, one of the most well made, and well acted I have seen in 10 years. This is all around a great film.
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April 05, 2011
still need to post my review of this LOL!
April 05, 2011
And I can't wait to read it when you do.
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review by . June 03, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
3 ½ Stars: First Loves, Second Chances And Maybe Everything In-Between....
I still hate romantic comedies but occasionally, I would try to see one just to keep my objectivities grounded. It is a good way to not become jaded with the types of movies I see, after all there is only too much action, fantasy and horror one can see in an extended period before one gets burned out. Heck, I may have just done this for a woman, but you never know. Anyway, Joel Hopkins’ “LAST CHANCE HARVEY” has one of the most likable actors in the person of Dustin Hoffman (Tootsie, …
review by . January 12, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
4 stars: Everyone deserves a second chance at love
Watching "Last Chance Harvey" I was washed over with the sudden memories of  such great romantic feelings that I had when I watched such romantic classics such as James Cameron's  "Titanic"(1997),  Michael Curtiz's "Casablanca"(1942), Jon Turtletaub's "While you were Sleeping"(1995). I felt the real authentic feelings o love between two people that I had not felt for some time, I had not felt the love, the emotion, the sensation …
review by . August 26, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Taking Chances
   Harvey is a failed American husband, father, and musician who flies to London to attend the wedding of his only daughter. Kate is a lonely English woman who had spent her life playing it safe and expecting disappointment. When their paths happen to cross, Harvey strikes up a conversation with Kate, and they spend the rest of the day walking about London together. Kate is attracted to Harvey's simple, humorous chatting-up approach, and he likes her straightforwardness. Over the course …
review by . October 02, 2009
Last Chance Harvey opens with Harvey Shine (Hoffman), an over-the-hill jingle writer who's about to lose his job. He's flying to London to his daughter Susan's wedding, but promises to return on time for a key meeting with a client. In London, Harvey quickly finds himself alone in a hotel while the rest of the family and guests, his estranged wife and her new husband included, rent a house in the city. He is awkward in his interactions with others, even Susan, making blunders at every turn and creating …
review by . June 28, 2009
 I had to endure this pile of celluloid dross last night ($1.99 from Amazon Video on Demand!) and it took almost a whole bottle of wine to find any pleasure in sitting on the sofa on a Saturday night. The plot has something to do with a washed-up musician who writes jingles for commercials, watching his estranged daughter get married, his ex-wife have a better life with a new guy, and he subsequently stalks a British woman who has an overbearing mother and reads books. There - two hours …
review by . June 15, 2009
I must confess I am not biggest fan of romantic comedies in the realm of cinema. This is mainly due to the fact that in the past ten years (I feel) that romantic comedies all follow the same stereotypical formula:    - Young guy meets young girl.  - Both guy & girl are very superficial (to some degree).  - Both guy & girl are very materialistic (to some degree).  - Both guy & girl cannot act.  - The comedy is grossly pratfalls & physical …
review by . May 30, 2009
Admittedly, director Joel Hopkins wants to tell a love story about two life's-got-me-down individuals in his film "Last Chance Harvey" starring Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson. Without the added accoutrement of madcap comedy or the usual boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl, boy-wins-girl entanglements, he does manage to showcase two actors with some pleasant chemistry between them in a fairly realistic storyline that promenades to a satisfying conclusion.     Physically, Thompson …
review by . May 25, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Before Sunset meets An Affair to Remember meets As Time Goes By. All wonderful films / programs in their own right. Last Chance Harvey pulls some of the best bits of these into a charming love story. It's a very simple sweet ride to the finish. Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman are simply wonderful to watch in this film. Add some of the more beautiful cinematography in some time, a nice soundtrack, and this is a very good film.    After watching the DVD special featurette, it …
review by . April 15, 2009
After a decade of playing serious roles in films for Hollywood, Dustin Hoffman now has a shot of happiness in "Last Chance Harvey." Though he doesn't start off very happy as a jingle writer who has recently been fired from his job. His comfort is supposed to be from giving away his daughter at her wedding in London, but she drops the bombshell that she's going to let her step father give her away. Crushed, Harvey walks away from the wedding where he meets Kate (Emma Thompson), a single woman in …
review by . April 16, 2009
On any list of proposed pairings for a romantic comedy, would you expect to see Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson? No, probably not. But LAST CHANCE HARVEY puts these troupers together in London and the results are a bit surprising. The story: New York jingle-writer Harvey Shine (Hoffman) is on his last legs in a job that's passing him by, and with difficulty he tears himself away from the daily crisis to attend his daughter's wedding in London. Long divorced, Harvey hasn't been close to his daughter …
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Anyone who’s seen the trailer for Last Chance Harvey can easily guess how it ends. In fact, the title alone is a clue. But the destination is hardly the point with movies like this; it’s the journey that counts, and this one is pretty entertaining.

You could call director-writer Joel Hopkins’ film a romantic comedy, but it’s not especially robust in either of those departments. This is more of a character study, and veteran lead actors Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson are well up to the task of bringing theirs to life. Both are awkward, lonely, social misfits. Hoffman’s Harvey Shine is a bit of a schlub; his gig as a jingle composer in jeopardy, estranged from his ex-wife (Kathy Baker) and daughter (Liane Balaban), he flies to London for the latter’s wedding, only to have her tell him that she has chosen her step-father (James Brolin) rather than him to give her away.

Meanwhile, Kate Walker (Thompson) spends her days trying to survey harried travelers at Heathrow Airport, answering her meddling mother’s constant stream of cell phone calls, and awaiting the all-to-inevitable onset of spinsterhood. Harvey has already brushed her off once when, having put in a humiliating appearance at the wedding and missed his return flight to America, he runs into her in an airport bar.

What ensues--the initial repartee and sarcastic snarking, the gradual breaking of the ice, the burgeoning attraction, the complications and misunderstandings--is ...
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Director: Joel Hopkins
DVD Release Date: May 5, 2009
Runtime: 93 minutes
Studio: Anchor Bay - ITN
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