The Last Word

2017 | 108 minutes | Rated R

The Last Word, starring Shirley MacLaine as a miserable old woman and Amanda Seyfried as the ornery journalist writing her obituary ahead of time, could’ve been a celebration of lady curmudgeons. And for the first 45 minutes or so—which I LOVED—it is. But what starts off smart and a little dark ends up lobotomized and artificially cheery, making for an unintentionally jarring viewing experience, like interrupting an HBO drama with a Disney Channel movie.

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Film Credits
Mark Pellington
Shirley MacLaine, Amanda Seyfried, Thomas Sadoski, Philip Hall, Gedde Watanabe, Tom Everett Scott, Joel Murray, Yvette Freeman, Valerie Ross, Anne Heche, Steven Culp, Adina Porter, Todd Louiso, Chloe Wepper, Sarah Baker, Nikki McCauley, Marshall Bell, Jesse Burch, Marcy Jarreau