The Last Kiss (L'Ultimo bacio) (2002)
Parenthood stirs up a wealth of mixed emotions in this drama from Italy. Carlo (Stefano Accorsi) and Giulia (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) are a couple in their late twenties who realize they've crossed the final threshold into adulthood when Giulia discovers she's going to have a baby. Even though Carlo has already settled down, he sees parenthood as the first step towards becoming the sort of middle-class suburbanite he's never respected, and he's not happy about it. Carlo's friends are also having mixed feelings about the onset of maturity: Adriano (Giorgio Pasotti) can't decide if he should go through with his marriage to Livia (Sabrina Impacciatore), Paolo (Claudio Santamaria) is trying to find a way out of going into business with his father, and Alberto (Marco Cocci) seems to be waging a one-man war against monogamy by seducing as many women as possible. Meanwhile, Giulia is having her own misgivings about parenthood, and her mother Anna (Stefania Sandrelli) is torn between happiness for her daughter and dread that she's now old enough to be a grandmother; Anna's malaise isn't eased by the lack of compassion shown by her husband (Luigi Diberti). … More
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Critic Reviews for The Last Kiss (L'Ultimo bacio)
The film skates by on charm, wit and a firm belief that commitment is always the best choice.
Although it gives us more characters than we can easily keep count of, it's hard to care about any of them.
The lively appeal of The Last Kiss lies in the ease with which it integrates thoughtfulness and pasta-fagioli comedy.
The movie does a good job of laying out some of the major issues that we encounter as we journey through life.
Painted with broad strokes but with a palette of rich, colorful details.
Repackages messy human dilemmas into something neat, tidy and oh-so-manipulatively inspiring.
...the viewer is unable to forge any kind of an emotional connection to these people.
Writer-director Muccino keeps things very energetic, with fluid and complicated camera work capturing people who are bursting with personality.
Leave it to those crazy Italians to make a light, breezy, stylish, romantic comedy that is not a whit light, breezy, stylish, romantic, or funny.
[The film] tackles the topic of relationships in such a straightforward, emotionally honest manner that by the end, it's impossible to ascertain whether the film is, at its core, deeply pessimistic or quietly hopeful.
The vigorous, unsubtle acting provides consistent pleasure, once you stop expecting it to seem realistic.
Makes a good chick flick for guys who want to appear artsy by taking their date to a foreign language film.
There is a racy emotionalism to the film, an almost Almodovaresque heat that is complemented by Muccino's at-times dazzling technique...
The film runs on a little longer than it needs to -- Muccino either doesn't notice when his story ends or just can't tear himself away from the characters -- but it's smooth and professional.
Though lighthearted in tone, this contemporary Roman tale weaves the intricate stories of a group of 30-somethings struggling to grasp the responsibilities that life has brought them.
There's nothing particularly original about The Last Kiss, but it's pleasant, funny and oh, so Italian.
Affectionately reminds us that, in any language, the huge stuff in life can usually be traced back to the little things.
Girlfriends are bad, wives are worse and babies are the kiss of death in this bitter Italian comedy.
Audience Reviews for The Last Kiss (L'Ultimo bacio)
this is a great movie! the american version doesn't even compare since it was homogeonized and removed the pain and true comedy. strong performances by all actors. i found the ending truly funny.More
for sexuality, language, drug use.
L'Ultimo Bacio was a movie, in which some men will recognize themselves in. The movie was based on what most men feel as they are approaching, the age of 30, where its expected to grow up, marry or start a family. These are important decisions and sometimes they are not ready in making them yet. So they start doing the most funny things, which sometimes don't have happy ending at all. I highly recommend this movie. Love it.
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