The Last Word

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"A romantic comedy where opposites distract."
  • R
  • 2008
  • 6.2  (3,257)

The Last Word is a dramatic film that explores the lives of two strangers who develop a unique bond after a chance encounter. Directed by Geoffrey Haley, the movie features an impressive cast including Wes Bentley, Winona Ryder, and Ray Romano. Wes Bentley portrays the main character of this film, Evan Merck. Evan is a socially awkward, introverted man who works as a professional writer of suicide notes. Though he is successful in his profession, Evan is dissatisfied with his life and struggles to connect with those around him.

The story takes a turn when Evan meets Charlotte (Winona Ryder), an eccentric and impulsive woman who works at a public access TV station. After learning of Evan's profession, Charlotte proposes that they work together to craft her own suicide note - but with the intention of making it the most memorable self-eulogy ever.

As the unlikely pair works together to bring Charlotte's vision to life, they begin to learn more about each other and form a deep connection. But when Evan begins to delve too deep into Charlotte's past, he uncovers secrets that she has been keeping hidden for years, and the two must navigate the consequences of their actions.

Ray Romano also stars as the manager of the suicide note company where Evan works. He provides a strong supporting role as a cynical and humorous character who provides a bit of levity to the film.

Throughout the movie, the themes of loneliness, desperation, and human connection are explored in a unique and thought-provoking manner. The Last Word takes on the dark topic of suicide in a way that is both sensitive and honest, without feeling like a heavy-handed message.

The film's cinematography adds to its eerie tone, with dimly lit scenes and shadowy imagery that enhance the characters' sense of isolation and despair.

The Last Word is a somber film that manages to balance its darker themes with moments of quirkiness and humor. The performances of the cast, particularly that of Wes Bentley and Winona Ryder, are captivating and nuanced, drawing the audience in and keeping them invested in the characters' journeys.

While the film may not be for everyone, those looking for a thought-provoking exploration of human desperation and the power of true human connection will find The Last Word to be a gripping and emotional experience.

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    6.2  (3,257)