The Last Word (2009)
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Critic Reviews for The Last Word
Pushes the eccentric without creating believable characters.
It is a fitfully engaging, suitably bittersweet romance with some well-played scenes and an upbeat ending.
A movie of some touching and humorous moments, The Last Call is ultimately an unsuccessful effort to make a poignant dark comedy about an Angelino writer who makes a living by composing suicide notes.
Audience Reviews for The Last Word
Unique idea. Very slow moving, but kind of liked it, and nice to see Winona in a more recent film too.
Wes Bentley, Winona Ryder, Ray Romano
DIRECTED BY: Geoffrey Haley
A man (Bentley) who makes his living composing other people's suicide notes enters into a romance with the sister (Ryder) of a recent client.
Morbid, odd, funny, and dark. That is the best way I can describe this movie. Not a feel good movie and not one you will come away feeling like, WOW. But none the less good. The performances were great. Really good to see not only Wes, but also Winona, in a lead. It's been awhile. Bentley's character has the worse but yet some how interesting job. Makes you wonder if one like that exists. Romano lends himself to a great comedic supporting role who brings the laughs but who is also disturbed by his own demons. This movie is a breath of fresh air when it comes to seeing the same stories being made over and over again. Unique, and like none I have seen. The ending was satisfying for me. Wes Bentley is my main reason for seeing it. Loved him in "American Beauty". Loved him in this movie as well. Wish he was given more movies cause I think he's fab. Definitely worth the watch. Hope more people see it.
A dark romantic comedy, The Last Word is a provocative film with a wry sense of humor. The story follows a writer that helps people compose their suicide notes as he falls for the sister of one of his former clients. The characters are especially well written and are given an exceptional level of depth. Wes Bentley and Winona Ryder lead the cast, and do an impressive job at handling the tone of the film. There are some storytelling issues, but despite its flaws The Last Word is a daring film and a compelling character drama.
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