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Overall: Negative (Skip It)
While Shalhoub and Weaver attempt to redeem the damage done by Rodriguez and her character, it just isn't enough. For this movie, while featuring them, is about the revenge of Frank Kitchen. Someone who seems so generic, so contrived, you are almost surprised this isn't starring Steven Segal. Though what makes this movie so bad is that it takes itself seriously. As if Rodriguez is really doing something with her performance and is on the level of Shaloub or Weaver. That is, rather than embarrassing herself and leading you to question how all these actors, who have been part of huge action franchises, would ever sign up for this movie. Hence why I'm saying to skip it. Rodriguez has become a proven co-star, and female token, but being that she hasn't really challenged her acting ability, perhaps in years or more than a decade, it shows. It shows to the point that you almost wonder what may happen to her career when she is no longer able to hang with the guys and be that tough chick anymore?
Overall: Mixed (Home Viewing)
While The Last Word is certainly a touching movie, one which has MacLaine exhibit a strong performance, showing she still, and always will, have it, she overpowers her fellow actors. Which for little Lee Dixon is fine, you can see she is learning from going toe to toe. However, with Seyfried, you expect better. Now, one has to admit, the way Anne is written doesn't help things. But considering a little kid, who comes off stereotypical, somehow was able to push through very said about her background, you'd think Seyfried could as well. But, instead, she just looks bewildered and as if, like with most of her films, she has no reason to take responsibility to do the heavy lifting, in terms of giving the movie some kind of oomph. For, after all, there is always someone more experienced, someone funnier, and someone who can better create the chemistry between characters, who can do that for her. Hence the mixed label since while MacLaine is wonderful and Lee Dixon a possible star in the making, Seyfried damn near uses them both as crutches.
Overall: Mixed (Home Viewing)
While Deutch shines and definitely shows she has something worth more movies, and maybe series, taking advantage of, arguably she is without worthy peers in this movie. Which, when combined with the overdone and familiar elements of this film, keep it from being something noteworthy. For the whole Mean Girls angle has been done to death and while the looping, Groundhog Day, narrative was put to good use, it isn't enough to say you must see this. The film definitely has its moments, but unless you are willing to give Deutch time to build up her character and setup the touching moments, you will get bored quickly. To the point that you may see this as a future Netflix & Chill type of movie.