A journalist with solid mob connections falls for a stripper with a dark past. His best friend then drags him to L.A. with the intent of becoming movie men. But does real life and fiction ... See full summary »

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A journalist with solid mob connections falls for a stripper with a dark past. His best friend then drags him to L.A. with the intent of becoming movie men. But does real life and fiction really go together? Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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Lies pay. Sex sells. Money talks. How far would you go for...

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Rated R for language, sexuality and some violent images | See all certifications »
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27 August 1995 (USA)  »

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Cosa Nostra: The Last Word  »

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The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Richard Dreyfuss and Timothy Hutton; and one Oscar nominee: Chazz Palminteri. See more »

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Performed by Toni Childs
Written by Toni Childs
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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One long set up to a punchline which never comes.
22 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

This movie is sold to you as a gangster flick. Don't believe it!

You are also told to expect Richard Dreyfuss and Chazz Palminteri. Well, they give you one scene each!

There is the merest glimmer of a good film hidden deep in the recesses of "The Last Word" (mis-sold in the UK under the title "Cosa Nostra" - believe me, there is no Mafia action).

A writer is torn. His friend/agent and his movie studio want him to use the most powerful true stories from his newspaper column. If he does not then the film might not get made. His friend may lose his kneecaps (or more) due to financial problems, and the writer may never make it.

The dilemma is that the stories were told to him by his girlfriend. It was not in confidence at the time, but now she does not want him to write about her. And if she cannot trust him not to do so, then she cannot tell him the rest of her secrets.

In a good movie, the set up I have described could have been accomplished in 30 or 40 minutes, leaving an hour or so for the writer to make his agonising choice.

In this very poor movie, the set up takes 80 minutes, and the agonising choice about 45 seconds.


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