The Last Best Sunday (1999)





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Two teenagers, each dealing with a different set of emotional burdens, find love and understanding with each other in The Last Best Sunday. Lolly Ann (Angela Bettis) is a high-school student in Pickley, a small agricultural community in California where she's growing up under the thumb of her strict, deeply religious mother (Kim Darby). Joseph (Douglas Spain), on the other hand, is struggling to get along without his parents; he came to Pickley with his family as migrant workers, but opted to stay on after his folks left so he could finish his final year of high school and earn his diploma. However, Joseph finds Hispanics are not always welcome here; a pair of bullies beat him savagely, and when he tries to get revenge, he finds town's bigoted sheriff (William Lucking) is after him. On the run, Joseph breaks into what he thinks is an empty house, only to find Lolly Ann at home while her parents are away for the weekend. Once she overcomes her initial fear and distrust, Lolly Ann finds she has a lot more in common with Joseph than she thought, and a grudging respect soon grows into affection. The Last Best Sunday was directed by Don Most, who as Donny Most is best remembered for playing Ralph Malf on the sit-com Happy Days; his former co-star Marion Ross briefly appears in a supporting role.
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Douglas Spain
as Joseph
Angela Bettis
as Lolly Ann Summers
William Lucking
as Sheriff Weaks
Kim Darby
as Mrs. Summers
Daniel Beer
as Banks
Mickey Jones
as Bartender
Peter Meyers
as Man in Bar
Marion Ross
as Mrs. Larksmont
Craig Wasson
as Deputy Sheriff
Sarah Nix
as Louisa
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A heavy-handed social conscience film, where every character is a stereotype.

Full Review… | March 14, 2002
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