The Last Word (2017 film)

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The Last Word
The Last Word.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mark Pellington
Produced by
Written by Stuart Ross Fink
Starring
Music by Nathan Matthew David
Cinematography Eric Koretz
Edited by Julia Wong
Production
company
Distributed by Bleecker Street
Release date
  • January 24, 2017 (2017-01-24) (Sundance)
  • March 3, 2017 (2017-03-03) (United States)
Running time
108 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.4 million[1]

The Last Word is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Mark Pellington, from a screenplay by Stuart Ross Fink. It stars Amanda Seyfried and Shirley MacLaine.

The Last Word premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2017. It was released on March 3, 2017, by Bleecker Street.

Synopsis[edit]

A retired businesswoman wants to control everything around her, knowing that she only has a little time left before an imminent death due to a medical condition. She decides to craft her own obituary, so she hires a young obituary writer to work with her to ensure her life story is told her way. The old businesswoman tries to expand the horizons of her life, and adopts a young kid for mentoring and lands herself a job as a disc jockey. She grows close with the young writer and influences her life.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

In September 2015, it was announced that Amanda Seyfried and Shirley MacLaine would star in the film, with Mark Pellington directing from a screenplay by Stuart Ross Fink, while Myriad Pictures would handle sales and finance the film.[2] In February 2016, Anne Heche, Phillip Baker Hall, and Tom Everett Scott joined the cast of the film.[3] Nathan Matthew David composed the film's score.[4]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography began on February 3, 2016.[5] and concluded on March 11, 2016.[6]

Release[edit]

In November 2015, Bleecker Street acquired U.S distribution rights to the film.[7] The film had its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2017.[8][9] It was released on March 3, 2017.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval of 38% based on 60 reviews, with an average rating of 5/10.[11] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 40 out of 100, based on 21 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Last Word". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 2, 2017. 
  2. ^ Busch, Anita (September 12, 2015). "Myriad Pictures Will Finance Shirley MacLaine, Amanda Seyfried Starring 'The Last Word'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 25, 2016. 
  3. ^ McNary, Dave (February 9, 2016). "Anne Heche, Philip Baker Hall Join Shirley MacLaine-Amanda Seyfried's 'Last Word'". Variety. Retrieved July 25, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Mark Wellington's The Last Word To Feature Music by Nathan Matthew David". FilmMusicReporter.com. July 6, 2016. Retrieved July 25, 2016. 
  5. ^ "On the Set for 2/5/16: Vin Diesel & Nina Dobrev Start Shooting 'xXx' Sequel, Ben Affleck Wraps Production on 'Live by Night'". SSN Insider. February 5, 2016. Archived from the original on February 21, 2016. Retrieved July 25, 2016. 
  6. ^ "On the Set for 3/11/16: Taraji P. Henson & Octavia Spencer Team Up for 'Hidden Figures' While Jordan Peele, Allison Williams & Catherine Keener Wrap 'Get Out'". SSN Insider. March 11, 2016. Archived from the original on March 12, 2017. Retrieved July 25, 2016. 
  7. ^ Hipes, Patrick (November 2, 2015). "Shirley MacLaine-Amanda Seyfried Dramedy 'The Last Word' Lands At Bleecker Street". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 25, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Printable Film Guide" (PDF). Sundance Film Festival. Retrieved December 13, 2016. 
  9. ^ Patten, Dominic (December 5, 2016). "Sundance 2017: Robert Redford, New Rashida Jones Netflix Series, 'Rebel In The Rye' & More On Premiere, Docu, Midnight & Kids Slates". Deadline Hollywood. 
  10. ^ Pederson, Erik (December 12, 2016). "'The Last Word' Trailer: Controlling Shirley MacLaine Vs. Overwhelmed Obit Writer Amanda Seyfried". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  11. ^ "The Last Word (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  12. ^ "The Last Word". Metacritic. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 

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