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The Last Kiss (2006)

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46

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 127
Fresh: 58 | Rotten: 69

You'll either find the The Last Kiss to be a phony bore or a refreshing take about young 20-somethings at the crossroads between their carefree lifestyle and responsibility. Zach Braff and the rest of the appealing cast make the case for the latter.

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Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 19

You'll either find the The Last Kiss to be a phony bore or a refreshing take about young 20-somethings at the crossroads between their carefree lifestyle and responsibility. Zach Braff and the rest of the appealing cast make the case for the latter.

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Movie Info

A successful 30-year-old (Zach Braff) with a the perfect girlfriend (Jacinda Barrett) and a lucrative outlook on life struggles with the increasing pressures of adulthood as he weighs the merits of settling down with the woman who loves him against risking it all to be with a comely co-ed (Rachel Bilson) in director Tony Goldwyn's remake of Gabriele Muccino's 2001 comedy drama. Crash and Million Dollar Baby screenwriter Paul Haggis adapts a script originally penned by Italian filmmaker Muccino,

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Drama, Romance, Comedy

Paul Haggis

Dec 26, 2006

$11.5M

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All Critics (137) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (58) | Rotten (69) | DVD (18)

Only the most rabid chick-flick fan will fail to notice that it's the movie that's all wet.

November 24, 2006
Rolling Stone
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Relatively compelling at the time, it's just a bit too glib to resonate for much longer afterwards.

October 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Danner will surely win an Oscar if enough people see this film, but the real point is that her stormy, erratic gender-bender Lear performance elevates The Last Kiss above a well-made genre drama.

October 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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The Last Kiss bears the unmistakable Haggis touch, one as subtle and understated as an electric chainsaw through the spinal cord.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club
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... what makes The Last Kiss especially satisfying is its vision of love as the soul of partnership -- rather than the crack high known as romance -- and something worth fighting for.

September 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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... the movie occasionally reveals truths about relationships that, while not earth-shattering, are nonetheless entertaining and worth considering.

September 15, 2006 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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A nicely unsentimental look at modern relationships, The Last Kiss suffers a bit from haphazardness in its construction, but holds up through a strong cast and solid writing.

March 29, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

The Last Kiss isn't afraid of exploding romantic conventions--um, at least not at first. [Blu-ray]

June 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

One of the most underrated films of 2006 with a criminally under-appreciated performance from Casey Affleck...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

a distinctly white bread romantic comedy sprinkled with brief flashes of modern-day American existentialist dread.

April 26, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

By risking the alienation of formula fans, screenwriter Paul Haggis and director Tony Goldwyn have taken a chance and given us a small gift.

April 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

...another Hollywood fabrication about how people act and feel.... substituting theatrics for genuine emotion.

April 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Main problem here is Braff, whose lack of conviction does little to get us involved with the various plot complications, least of all his. The result seems like so much workshop for all involved.

April 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

Probes in a light-hearted way the problems of individuals for whom the yearning of passion spells discontent.

January 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Fazendo um bom trabalho de direção, Tony Goldwyn cria uma narrativa leve e sensível, demonstrando inteligência em momentos nos quais ilustra os problemas do protagonista de maneira sutil.

April 6, 2007
Cinema em Cena

A perceptive look at relationships in crisis, the remake of Gabriele Muccino's 2003 film L'ultimo bacio is a romantic comedy that focuses on love when it is blue.

March 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

This is like watching people stick their hands on a gas stove's fire because no one told them not to do it and they couldn't figure it out themselves.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Strong performances and interesting ideas make the film worth a gamble but it's far from the relationship classic it longs to be.

October 28, 2006 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

Crediting its audience with emotional intelligence, this rises well above your usual rom-com-dram.

October 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Comment (1)
Empire Magazine

Braff's gormless, blank-faced acting worked in Garden State because his character was depressed and withdrawn, but here it only serves to render him smug, punchable and utterly unsympathetic.

October 19, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

This drama is a well-crafted and heartfelt look at commitment, infidelity and the end of youth.

October 17, 2006 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

...a compelling, surprisingly moving look at the ups and downs of contemporary relationships.

October 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

If similar ideas hadn't inspired a dozen or so other films, Last Kiss might have been an exciting movie.

October 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

...gets caught between taking risks and playing it safe.

October 9, 2006 Full Review
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

Audience Reviews for The Last Kiss

All the women (besides Anna played by the timeless Blythe Danner) are caricatures. Lisa's just a bitch on wheels, and Jenna's knife-wielding outbursts are all too melodramatic and one-note (not a fault of Jacinda Barrett's per se). She is described as being "like a guy" (what, like those sporty-sexy lesbians who will marry your boyfriends?), but never does that actually come through in her actions. If pregnancy hormones are to blame, there should nevertheless be layers to the outbursts.

The male characters are all interesting: from sex-god Kenny to hapless schmuck Izzy. I especially dig Casey Affleck's Chris, stuck in an unhappy marriage and amateur fatherhood. The entire sequence of him having to keep Michael's secret about cheating on Jenna but not wanting to lie is painfully awkward, thus funny.

I'd be more okay with this movie if it just stuck with the thirty-somethings. Michael's affair with Kim provides an inciting incident, but nothing really happens besides kissing in the rain and a mix CD (come on!). Kim is written to be so twee and lame, and Rachel Bilson bats her doe-eyes through it to no great effect.
December 27, 2012
aliceinpunderland

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Jenna and Michael are in love and are sincerely committed to each other. When he learns that Jenna is pregnant, he's overwhelmed initially. However, after a while, he begins to panic. He's confused since things are going his way, as planned, and life holds no surprises for him. Although he doesn't admit it to Jenna, he begins to doubt how long their relationship will last, especially when he's surrounded by friends (and even Jenna's mother) going through crisis in their relationship. When Kim enters his life, he falls for her only to realize that he loves only Jenna. So, will he be able to make things right and save their relationship?

Sounds conventional, doesn't it? Well, it is. Besides, it's so full of cliches. (I wish they'd managed to avoid them. But then, we wouldn't be having a film, would we? Yet, at the very least, they could have reduced its proportion; there surely was no need for such an ample quantity.) Nevertheless, the movie does have its fair share of funny moments and witty dialogues. Even after undergoing all the cliches, I didn't find the movie terrible. In fact (and to my own surprise, don't ask me why because I don't know that myself), I found it entertaining enough. I won't comment about the lead pair, but the supporting cast was incredible, with the exception of Blythe Danner.

Whether or not the movie is any good, I'm the final judge on that. And I guess I'm gonna reserve its outcome until the Judgment Day. Doesn't sound too good, does it? Well then, how about this: Whether or not the movie is any good, I guess you'll have to check it out for yourself. So long.
May 15, 2011
imrealgod

Super Reviewer

I just watched this movie and all I can think is that there was sooo much yelling. I don't think I expected so much yelling from the preview but I also know that it was forever ago that I saw a preview.
March 12, 2010
purplemegan

Super Reviewer

One should not make the mistake of comparing this to the masterpiece "Garden State" just because Zach Braff is in it, only the soundtracks are similarly excellent. No, "Last Kiss" has a whole different kind of approach to love and relationships. A circle of friends in their late 30s are in more or less steady relationship, some with babies or babies on the way, others coping with break ups or enjoying random sex. Braff's character is tempted by an adorable girl while his pregnant girlfriend tells her parents the happy news. Said parents are having their own problems...in short: the movie is a bit unfocused in the first half, trying to combine too many stories into the big picture. Once the focus returns to Braff's problem of a one night stand and the aftermath the film has its best moments without falling into stereotypes. Most romantic comedies would either punish the male with an unhappy ending for cheating or make him resist in the first place. The fact that "Last Kiss" doesn't see the world as black and white but a lot more realistic may be too much to handle for people with pink glasses, but it is actually the movie's biggest asset and makes for a pretty great ending.
July 15, 2009
ironclad1609

Super Reviewer

    1. Stephen: Do whiter it takes.
    – Submitted by Frances H (31 days ago)
    1. Stephen: It's what you do to the people you say you love..that's the only thing that counts.
    – Submitted by Frances H (31 days ago)
    1. Anna: If I died, what would you do?
    2. Stephen: Press my dark suit.
    – Submitted by Frances H (31 days ago)
    1. Michael: We'll go pickle for pickle.
    – Submitted by Frances H (31 days ago)
    1. Michael: I'll do anything.
    2. Stephen: People say that, they don't mean it.
    3. Michael: But I mean it!
    4. Stephen: Well it's very simple... do whatever it takes.
    5. Michael: It's that simple?
    6. Stephen: Yes... you can't fail if you don't give up.
    – Submitted by Amanda H (21 months ago)
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