The Last Kiss 2006

The Last Kiss

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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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Four friends (Zach Braff, Casey Affleck, Michael Weston, Eric Christian Olsen) face the prospect of turning 30 and losing the freedom of their youth. For one, Michael, the transition is especially difficult; although he is in love with Jenna (Jacinda Barrett), the mother of his child, his panicked reaction to the onset of adult responsibilities sends him into the arms of another woman (Rachel Bilson).

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All Critics (131) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (60) | Rotten (71)

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

    November 24, 2006 | Rating: 2/4
  • Relatively compelling at the time, it's just a bit too glib to resonate for much longer afterwards.

    October 19, 2006 | Full Review…
  • This drama is a well-crafted and heartfelt look at commitment, infidelity and the end of youth.

    October 17, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    David Mattin

    BBC.com
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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
  • The Last Kiss bears the unmistakable Haggis touch, one as subtle and understated as an electric chainsaw through the spinal cord.

    September 23, 2006 | Rating: D- | Full Review…

    Nathan Rabin

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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…

Audience Reviews for The Last Kiss

  • Dec 27, 2012
    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.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 13, 2012
    '<i>Anna: Life is pretty much in the grays for the most part and if you insist always on black and white... you are going to be very unhappy. </i> i thought the actors did a very decent job on this script. Jacinda Barett as Jenna was emotional and every bit crazy that you'd expect from a pregnant hormonal woman. Braff pinned down his character as the cheating but repentant of his ways douche. And the beautiful miss Bilson was the perfect reason for Braff's character to wander from his relatively straight boring life. <b>Michael: I'm in love with your daughter Stephen, Maybe that doesn't mean anything you but I'm standing here. You are her father, I am looking you in the eyes and I'm telling you I will do anything in the world to get your daughter back. Stephen: Really? Michael: Really. Stephen: Anything? Michael: I'll do anything. Stephen: People say that, they don't mean it. Michael: But I mean it! Stephen: Well it's very simple... do whatever it takes. Michael: It's that simple? Stephen: Yes... you can't fail if you don't give up. </b>
    Ameeta . Super Reviewer
  • Jul 16, 2011
    Once again, Zach Braff should not be in front of the camera. It's not sexy watching Braff kiss a woman. But it's possibly better than watching him gaze moodily at the horizon. There is plenty of both in this flick, which lumbers on and on in a completely predictable fashion.This is a mediocre chick flick, which fails on multiple levels. Skip.
    Juli R Super Reviewer
  • Jul 17, 2010
    To say there is nothing remarkable about The Last Kiss is to say there is nothing remarkable about modern love. Before the strains of David Bowie are cued, however, let it be said that every line of dialogue, individual performance, and plot point is perfectly rendered and wholly believable--thanks in no small part to Oscar-winning scribe Paul Haggis. The end result, although somewhat agreeable, results not in a bang but in a whimper. Moviegoers have already seen better variations on the theme of wayward love's labor lost, most memorably in The Graduate and, more recently and to a lesser degree, Beautiful Girls. In this R-rated serio-comedy about having a quarter-life crisis, a 30-something man (Braff) must decide between marrying his perfect and pregnant WASP-y wife (Barrett) or running off with the alluring young college student who has tickled his fancy (Bilson). Filling the shoes of the anti-hero cad, Braff injects the character with such likeability that his philandering elicits sympathetic squirms from both sexes. As good as the performance is, however, his crime comes off so unforgivably damning that the audience is left feeling like a heel by proxy. To hammer home the point that no relationship is completely solid, the disharmonious love lives of Braff's friends (Casey Affleck, etc.) and intended in-laws (Tom Wilkinson, Blythe Danner) are also spotlighted. What results, however, is an often-uneven ensemble dramedy. Director Tony Goldwyn needed to put his foot down as to the film's focus-ensemble or stand-alone. Instead, the story meanders between fully-baked and half-baked stories that never really complement each other. Bottom line: Likeable...but unremarkable.
    Jeff B Super Reviewer

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