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The Last Word (2017)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 3 March 2017 (USA)
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Harriet is a retired businesswoman who tries to control everything around her. When she decides to write her own obituary, a young journalist takes up the task of finding out the truth resulting in a life-altering friendship.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brenda (as Annjewel Lee Majestic Dixon)
Robin Sands
Ronald Odom
Joe Mueller
Wanda Byers (as Valerie Ross)
Sam Serman
Bree Wilson
Dr. Morgan
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Harriet (Shirley MacLaine) is a successful, retired businesswoman who wants to control everything around her until the bitter end. To make sure her life story is told her way, she pays off her local newspaper to have her obituary written in advance under her watchful eye. But Anne (Amanda Seyfried), the young journalist assigned to the task, refuses to follow the script and instead insists on finding out the true facts about Harriett's life, resulting in a life-altering friendship. Written by Bleecker Street

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An unexpected friendship that begins at the end


Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language. | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

3 March 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Última Palavra  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$31,630 (USA) (3 March 2017)


$1,782,667 (USA) (19 May 2017)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the end of the film, Harriet's gift to Anne is a pair of airline tickets to From LAX to Andalusia. Andalusia isn't a single city or airport. It's an autonomous region in southern Spain divided into eight provinces actually serviced by six different public airports, all of which can legally handle international flights. The Málaga Airport is the largest and busiest of these. See more »


Harriet: Fall on your face. Fail. Fail spectacularly. Because when you fail, you learn. When you fail, you live.
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References Deadpool (2016) See more »


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Written by Lydia Night and Marlhy Murphy
Performed by The Regrettes
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Very predictable but it gets by on strong acting and humour
28 June 2017 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

An elderly business woman hires a young newspaper woman to write her obituary on her terms. Her forthright personality has left her with few friends in life and poor family relations, she is forced to change her ways belatedly to try and leave a better legacy.

Firstly, it does have to be admitted that this film is extremely predictable and it's not very difficult more or less working out the plot-line from the word go. As far as the story goes, there aren't any surprises to be found here it has to be said. But, despite this over-familiarity, the film still works and that is a testament to the acting, primarily from Shirley MacLaine who puts in a strong, spiky performance which I would not be at all surprised if it garnered an Oscar nomination next year. She is loads of fun to watch and is supported well by Amanda Seyfried as the young journalist and AnneJewel Lee Dixon as the little kid she takes a shine to. It's essentially a comedy-drama and mixes the dramatics with the humour pretty well. It also has to be said that it isn't so common to have a movie focus on the latter years of the elderly, which it has to be commended for doing. So, there is that more unusual angle interwoven into the otherwise highly standard plot structure. Essentially, over familiarity aside, this is a very entertaining movie which has a great Shirley MacLaine performance topping it off.

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