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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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Mark Pellington

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Cast

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 began at the end. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language. | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Última Palavra See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,630, 5 March 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,782,667, 19 May 2017
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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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's true. Have a day that's direct. Have a day that's honest. A nice day? Mm-mmm, you'll be miserable. Have a day that means something.
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Connections

References Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Why Don't He Understand
Written by Billy Collins
Performed by Delores White
Courtesy of The Numero Group
By arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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Shirley MacLaine in another of her impossible character portraits...
29 June 2017 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Wealthy woman, a former business titan living a very precise and orderly--and lonely--existence in her nearly-empty manor, wants the final say on her future obituary. Having kept her local paper alive for many years with her advertising dollars, she self-assigns the obituary reporter with the task of putting an optimistic spin on her life. What begins as a very thin character study of a straight-talking yet annoying character slowly blossoms into the much more rewarding story of a pushy old lady who manages to transform her bitter existence with friendship. Granted, friendship doesn't come easily to this control-freak, but what transpires on her journey to personal redemption is surprising and rewarding. The sassy dialogue in Stuart Ross Fink's screenplay doesn't ring true (and some of the actors cast in the smaller roles haven't a hope in hell of making it sound natural), but leads Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried develop a pleasing scratchy-and-smooth rapport (they also co-executive produced). MacLaine has yet another turn at playing a stubborn, impossible woman (she's making it a habit). While her Harriet here isn't necessarily a plausible creation, she's certainly a colorful bouquet of quirks, tied up with a cackle and a smart retort. ** from ****


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