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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Mark Pellington

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley MacLaine ... Harriet
Amanda Seyfried ... Anne
AnnJewel Lee Dixon ... Brenda (as AnnJewel Lee Majestic Dixon)
Thomas Sadoski ... Robin Sands
Philip Baker Hall ... Edward
Gedde Watanabe ... Gardener
Tom Everett Scott ... Ronald Odom
Joel Murray ... Joe Mueller
Yvette Freeman ... Housekeeper
Valeri Ross ... Wanda Byers (as Valerie Ross)
Anne Heche ... Elizabeth
Steven Culp ... Sam Sherman
Adina Porter ... Bree Wilson
Todd Louiso ... Dr. Morgan
Chloe Wepper ... Agency Receptionist
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Storyline

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 See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language. | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Veteran British actress Millicent Martin enjoys a quick cameo as a "Margaret Dumont". This was surely slipped in as a sly tribute to the legendary character actress Margaret Dumont by the film's star, Shirley MacLaine, who'd appeared with her in What a Way to Go! (1964). See more »

Goofs

At 00:30:32, Anne gets a bottle of tea from her father. It's full at this time. At 00:30:41, the bottle is drained a good amount. But at 00:30:44, it's the first time, she opens the bottle. It's proven, because you can hear her opening the bottle too, and there wasn't any similar activity before. See more »

Quotes

Harriet: Please don't have a nice day. Have a day that matters... have a day that means something.
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Connections

References Deadpool (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Back to You
Written by Marihuzka Cornelius, Dirk Jonker and Victoria Zamora
Performed by Bloods Band
Administered by Sub Pop Publishing
Courtesy of Minty Fresh
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Shirley MacLaine testament
14 December 2020 | by andreabruni-15086See all my reviews

This movie caught me off guard. I was expecting a boring, standard movie with a few funny sketches when I was rewarded with a brilliant, profound movie that came to me as a tiny mirror of my own life. You won't regret it but in the end, these are just my thoughts.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Word See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,630, 5 March 2017

Gross USA:

$1,783,421

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,982,004
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2.35 : 1
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