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Last Chance Harvey (2008)

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In London for his daughter's wedding, a rumpled man finds his romantic spirits lifted by a new woman in his life.

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Harvey Shine is in London for the weekend for his daughter's wedding. His work in New York preoccupies him: he writes music for ads, and he knows his boss is pushing him aside for younger talent. With family he's also on the sidelines - long divorced, his wife remarried, her husband closer to his daughter than he. His path crosses that of Kate Walker, unmarried, her life becoming that of a spinster, set up by friends on blind dates leading nowhere. After Harvey's no good terrible day, he chats Kate up at a Heathrow bar. She's not interested. Where can this conversation lead? Back at his daughter's reception, the step-father rises to give a toast. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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It's about first loves, last chances and everything in between. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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16 January 2009 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£640,390 (UK) (5 June 2009)

Gross:

£1,769,174 (UK) (19 June 2009)
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At the wedding banquet, the girl who speaks to Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson ("You do know this is the children's table?"), is played by Gaia Wise, Emma Thompson's daughter. Director Joel Hopkins's daughter is also seated at the table. See more »

Goofs

The day Harvey met Kate, it's autumn everywhere. When she tells him to go to the wedding reception, he asks her the time and she says it's 7pm however it is still daylight. This is unusual for London where sunset is around half past 6 in the autumn. At the end of the movie, when they are walking away on the south bank, the tree leaves are fully green. See more »

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Harvey Shine: I'm gonna dance your socks off.
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During the final credits there is one more scene added. See more »

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Referenced in The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2009) See more »

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Hi Ching
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Predictable but Entertaining
21 November 2008 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This movie is about a socially awkward American man and British woman who meet in London, get to like one another and may have a future together. The plot has been done a zillion times. I pretty much knew what was going to happen twenty minutes into the film. What saves the film from being one huge predictable snooze fest is that the author is clever enough not to fall into too many clichés so things seem possible if not probable. And there is the excellent casting of Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson. Their characters are quirky enough to be believable and both are very sympathetic. And there's no silly Hollywood ending with rockets bursting and doves flying into the sunset. There's a chance they might make it as a couple despite differences in age, culture and countries or they might be in for a huge disappointment and hurt--something both have known in their lives.

If you're expecting a movie that will entertain, be free of gratuitous sex scenes and violence with a charming backdrop of London landmarks, then this film is for you.


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