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The Last Kiss
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Starring: Zach Braff, Jacinda Barrett, Rachel Bilson, Casey Affleck, Blythe Danner
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Dreamworks SKG
Web Site: www.lastkissmovie.com
Kiddie Movie: Only if you want them to never get married.
Date Movie: You might both learn about living in a true relationship.
Gratuitous Sex: Quite a bit, even a Kama Sutra pose
Gratuitous Violence: Some hitting and knife wielding.
Action: Not really.
Laughs: Some fun looks at life.
Memorable Scene: The knife wielding scene was intense.
Memorable Quote: Actually a few too many to mention.
Directed By: Tony Goldwyn
Produced By: Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg, Marcus Viscidi, Andre Lamal

The Last Kiss
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 1:55 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
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

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 reality.

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!! L8R!!!

 

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