The Last Kiss
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Jacinda Barrett, Rachel Bilson, Casey Affleck, Blythe Danner
||Only if you want
them to never get married.
||You might both
learn about living in a true relationship.
||Quite a bit, even
a Kama Sutra pose
||Some hitting and
||Some fun looks at
||The knife wielding
scene was intense.
||Actually a few too
many to mention.
||Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg, Marcus Viscidi,
I was probably about an hour into "The Last Kiss" when I
thought to myself "Self, wow, this movie isnít really
uplifting at all." I remember the trailer seeming to show
the movie as a sort of nice romantic comedy, but this movie
was far from it. Donít get me wrong, I was being
entertained, but this movie was starting to become a total
downer. Hereís some quick story stuff without trying to
spoil too muchÖ
The Last Kiss
A Movie Review
Zach Braff is Michael and heís clipping that 20 to 30 age
group. Heís got what he thinks is the perfect girlfriend in
Jenna (Jacinda Barrett), and we get introduced to them
finding out that Jenna is pregnant with Michael and Jenna
living in sin. Jennaís dad, Stephen, (Tom Wilkinson) is
happy for them, but you can easily see that mom, Anna,
(Blythe Danner) wants them married. As the movie moves on we
are also introduced to all of Michaelís friends and their
disintegrating lives, and find out that Stephen and Annaís
life isnít the marital bliss we might have thought. Enter
Kim (Rachel Bilson). Kim is clipping that teen to 20 age
group, and Michael meets her at his friendís wedding. Kim is
cute, represents being wild and young, while Michael is
screwed in the head thinking his life is totally scripted
now, and that there wonít be anymore surprises. Torment hits
Michael as he teeters and totters between getting it on with
Kim and living his life with Jenna.
And Iím not even getting into the screwed up
relationships of Michaelís friends, because that will just
add to the complications of the movie.
Unlike the trailer, "The Last Kiss" is really a decent
look at the complexity of relationships, and how even though
things can seem perfect on the outside, on the inside no one
except the two directly involved really know what is
happening, until things explode, and at that time friends
and family finally get involved. So whereas the trailer just
hinted at Michael being interested in Kim, "The Last Kiss"
actually shows that "being interested in" is a far cry from
"being in." I think that gives enough away.
As much as I would like to thank the movie folks for this
movie for not giving us a cookie-cutter romantic comedy
about "growing up" and "relationships," and instead gave us
some real-life stories that most of us over 25 can relate
to, I am sort of pissed that the trailer didnít really
portray this because when I went into the movie I was
looking for a lot more happy than sad, but got more sad than
happy. Donít get me wrong, the movie does nicely put all of
the pieces together, some happy, some not so happy, and some
just getting things back together, but my warning is that
even though the movie does have some funny, be ready for
So along with real-life issues, "The Last Kiss" also
gives some gratuitous nudity, some sex, some true-life
marital violence, sadness, and happiness. The trailer
doesnít show it, and maybe we really donít want to see it on
the movie screen, but "The Last Kiss" gives a realer look at
relationships and growing older. For that I give "The Last
Kiss" 4 stars out of 5.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!