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| | 1 hr 44 min | Drama, Romance, Comedy

The Last Kiss is a movie based on the Italian film of the same name featuring a well-known ensemble cast. Although it is an ensemble cast much of the movie is based off of Zach Braff's character Michael. When Michael's fiance Jenna, played by Jacinda Barrett, announces that she's pregnant, Michael predictably goes into the classic tailspin of a character who is reluctant to make the transition into adulthood. As could be expected, part of Michael's crisis involves an affair with a young college student, played by Rachel Bilson, which further complicates the situation.

A secondary story line involves Michael's close-knit group of friends, many of whom are going with similar struggles of growing up and gaining responsibilities while also trying to hold on to their youth. The individual story lines of this entire group of friends running parallel to one another does a great job of showing the universality of what they are going through, which likely mimics the target audience, while also displaying the different ways in which people in that situation deal with what they're going through.

In a third story line, Jenna's parents, played by Tom Wilkinson and Blythe Danner, are going through a middle aged crisis, as the pair is less than satisfied with the current state of their marriage. Danner's character goes so far as to leave the marriage at one point, which further complicates the world Jenna is living in, as she feels the weight of her parents split at the same time she learns of Michael's affair, both going on in the middle of her pregnancy.

The result of these intertwining plots is a charming, humorous, and realistic look adulthood and how the process of growing up never seems to have an end point. The target audience is likely young people in the 18-35 age range, but older audiences should be entertained as well. The Last Kiss fits into its own unique genre different from traditional romantic comedies. At times it is more heart-aching than heart-warming, but will eventually leave audiences satisfied. The comedy used is more edgy than you would expect in a more conventional romantic comedy. The movie does drag on at times because with so many characters and so many sub-plots it's difficult for the audience to care about all of them; however, the charm and realistic-nature of The Last Kiss, combined with the stellar and familiar cast makes it a movie that's worth seeing.

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Stars
Zach Braff, Jacinda Barrett, Casey Affleck, Rachel Bilson, Michael Weston
Director
Tony Goldwyn
Language
English
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