Last Day of Summer (2010)
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Critic Reviews for Last Day of Summer
Had a chance to be a decent movie, but Vlad Yudin, who directed and wrote it, couldn't resist a potty joke. A long, grating potty joke.
[It] squanders an intriguing premise with an uneven, lazy and painfully juvenile screenplay that's low on laughs and imagination.
A fine performance by character actor DJ Qualls can't make up for an amateurish enterprise as pathetically inept as its own hero's own attempts at recognition.
The script careens wildly between comic moments that aren't funny and dramatic moments that are preposterous and banal.
Audience Reviews for Last Day of Summer
Didn't mind this, but is definitely not what it appears to be. It is marketed as a horror, or thriller movie, but it is more of a drama and nothing that drastic ever happens, as you would be set up to believe. I was initially disappointed at the point where Stephanie and Joe part ways, but I liked the part where he confronted his ex boss and the decision he made - it seemed like he had learnt something. D J Qualls has an unusual appearance and I think he is quite compelling on screen. Nikki Reed I am never that impressed with, and here no exception. I just always think she looks really old and hard. I couldn't buy the bit where Joe expressed disbelief at the idea she had a five year old son (as she's supposedly too young) - hell, I could believe she had a ten year old! I guess she is not too bad an actress, but yeah, something about her usually doesn't work for me in movies.
Still, quite an original movie and had the guts not to be gory or aim for the torture porn movie, I guess. Have to give them some credit there!
The story of Joe (D.J Qualls), who is convincing as a tortured and believable loser working as a janitor at a fast-food restaurant named Burger Haven. On the day he's fired, Joe's finally had it, and he buys a gun with which to go back and go postal but his plans to take revenge on the boss who's tormented and embarrassed him go awry when he kidnaps a female customer played by Nikki Reed (of The Twilight Movies).
An extremely dull, horribly directed piece of garbage. DJ Qualls isn't a bad actor, per se, but he was set up with a horrible script to play off of. One of the worst films I've seen.
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