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The Last Word (2008)

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A man (Bentley) who makes his living composing other people's suicide notes enters into a romance with the sister (Ryder) of a recent client.

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Geoffrey Haley

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Geoffrey Haley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wes Bentley ... Evan
Winona Ryder ... Charlotte
Ray Romano ... Abel
Gina Hecht ... Hilde
A.J. Trauth ... Greg
Katherine Boecher ... Clara
John Billingsley ... Brady
Alison Moir ... Susan
Mickey Mickey Mickey Mickey ... Robin (as Mickey Ewan)
Kurt Caceres ... Sammy
Allan Rich ... Francis
Richard Riehle ... Man at Gorge
Michael Cornacchia ... Client
Ivar Brogger ... Priest
Jules Adrianna Sorensen Jules Adrianna Sorensen ... House of Pies Waitress
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Storyline

Evan keeps to himself, almost without affect. He's 30, a former foster child, living alone, writing suicide notes for people. He attends a client's funeral and meets Charlotte, the client's sister. She pursues Evan; he's silent about his real work and invents a friendship with the brother. About the same time, Evan starts working with Abel, a new client, a composer of phone-waiting music who's depressed. Evan confides in Abel about Charlotte as she begins to draw him out. Crises await the self-contained Evan: his relationship with Charlotte is based on a lie, and his incipient friendship with Abel is headed toward suicide. Are more dead ends ahead? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A romantic comedy where opposites distract.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 2010 (Romania) See more »

Also Known As:

A Última Palavra See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Deviant Films,Dreamz See more »
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Runtime:

(European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to an interview he gave to the New York Times in 2010, this movie was made during the middle of Wes Bentley's decade-long, extremely serious addiction to cocaine and heroin. He said in that interview that he only accepted any movie roles during that time so that he would have money to buy enough drugs. See more »

Goofs

When Shirley drops Evan home they talk a bit and we can see Evan wearing the safety belt, then we see Shirley, then Evan again but without the safety belt on. At the end of the conversation we see Evan with the safety belt on. See more »

Quotes

Abel: I cheated on my wife with her therapist. I'm not smart.
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Wicked
Written by Kendall Marsh
Performed Kendall Marsh
Courtesy of Mental Music Productions, Inc.
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Hated this film
15 July 2009 | by annsemeslynch-1See all my reviews

I love Ray Romano but this movie was way too dark for me and there was too much swearing in it. I'm not usually one for censorship but I find that this movie was odd. I had never heard of Wes Bentley before - even though it says he was in American Beauty - but he isn't an actor I'd search out again. Winona is usually very polished and maybe it was her character. I hadn't seen it advertised anywhere either. Maybe it is an independent film. The music was great. I enjoyed the "music" Abel created in his studio and the compositions were nice - even after I realized what the movie was about. I have seen Gina Hecht in other pieces and she does a nice job. The rest of the family was dysfunctional and maybe that is why I didn't like this movie. Very odd film.

I HATED THIS FILM.


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