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|Originaltitel:||The last word|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 108 min.|
|FSK:||From 0 years|
If you don't do everything yourself...!! For Harriet Lauler (Shirley MacLaine), a successful retired businesswoman, something is only good if she takes care of it herself. She has made few friends on her often stony path through life, but can still look back on an extremely successful career. But instead of enjoying her retirement, Harriet also wants her demise to be perfectly organized. And this also includes the appropriate obituary. The young journalist Anne (Amanda Seyfried) is to write it for her while she is still among the living. For Anne, this bizarre task proves to be extremely difficult. Not only can she not stand Harriet's domineering nature. She also finds no one to tell her anything good about the woman. And so the two unequal women have no choice but to work together to develop a strategy on how Harriet could describe her biography in the last meters of her life…
"Last but not least" is in itself an honestly predictable film. After just a few moments, you already have a very clear idea of how the story will end. And indeed, director Mark Pellington follows a very clear pattern that many filmmakers before him have used. But perhaps, apart from the last five minutes, this is hardly noticeable. On the one hand, he succeeds in giving the figures a surprising depth, which gives the story a few corners and edges that are often missing in similar works. On the other hand, the script also offers some very lively dialogues, which make the movie's entertainment value increase significantly.
And then, of course, there's the great leading actress. Admittedly, Shirley MacLaine has played very similar characters on many occasions in the past. You can't deny the impression that she is somehow playing herself again and again. But that makes them so good that it's always a great pleasure - here too. The reason why her portrayal works so well may also be that Amanda Seyfried's character is very well written and, as a young, disillusioned journalist, she is able to stand up to the old scarecrow - and thus gain her respect. A kind of friendship develops between the two women, which MacLaine and Seyfried transport very credibly onto the screen.
The ending is unfortunately too conventional and predictable and takes away some of the positive effects of the previous scenes. But even though the last scenes belong to the weakest moments of the movie, there is still a very positive overall impression at the end. "Last but not least" is a really nice comedy with two very interesting main characters, played by two convincing actresses (although newcomer Annjewel Lee Dixon shouldn't be forgotten as well), who manage to get some surprising and refreshing moments out of a very predictable story. Last but not least there is a clear one: Worth seeing!
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