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The Last Word (2017)

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Shirley MacLaine is Harriet Lauler, a once successful businesswoman in tight control of every aspect of her life. As she reflects upon her accomplishments, she's suddenly inspired to engage a young local writer, Anne Sherman (Amanda Seyfried), to pen her life's story. When the initial result doesn't meet Harriet's high expectations, she sets out to reshape the way she is remembered, with Anne dragged along as an unwilling accomplice. As the journey unfolds, the two women develop a unique bond which alters not only Harriet's legacy, but also Anne's future.

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Shirley MacLaine
as Harriet Lauler
Amanda Seyfried
as Anne Sherman
Anne Heche
as Elizabeth
Thomas Sadoski
as Robin Sands
Tom Everett Scott
as Ronald Odom
Joel Murray
as Joel Mueller
Yvette Freeman
as Housekeeper
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The occasionally retired Ms. MacLaine is ever quick with a retort, but this is one lead-footed comeback we all could have done without.

March 17, 2017 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Even when surrounded by junk, the 83-year-old MacLaine still has plenty of pep. She's a treasure, but "The Last Word" doesn't do her or her legacy justice.

March 17, 2017 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

By the time MacLaine's character Harriet shows real humanity, all sympathy for her character's loneliness has long since vanished.

March 10, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

I hope that in the name of her decades-spanning career and six Academy Award nominations (plus one win), we might do MacLaine the small courtesy of forgetting that this pedestrian and dull comedy ever happened.

March 10, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Beyond the contrivance and a gimmicky story that not only would never happen but would never happen in the way it happens here, there are positive aspects to "The Last Word."

March 10, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Let the plausibility-stretching contrivances begin!

March 9, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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