The Last Word (2017 film)
|The Last Word|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Mark Pellington|
|Written by||Stuart Ross Fink|
|Music by||Nathan Matthew David|
|Edited by||Julia Wong|
|Distributed by||Bleecker Street|
|Box office||$1.4 million|
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.
- Shirley MacLaine as Harriett Lauler
- Amanda Seyfried as Anne Sherman
- AnnJewel Lee Dixon as Brenda
- Anne Heche as Elizabeth
- Tom Everett Scott as Ronald Odom
- Thomas Sadoski as Robin Sands
- Joel Murray as Joe Mueller
- Adina Porter as Bree Wilson
- Phillip Baker Hall as Edward
- Sarah Baker as Zoe
- Steven Culp as Sam Serman
- Basil Hoffman as Christopher George
- Todd Louiso as Dr. Morgan
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. In February 2016, Anne Heche, Phillip Baker Hall, and Tom Everett Scott joined the cast of the film. Nathan Matthew David composed the film's score.
In November 2015, Bleecker Street acquired U.S distribution rights to the film. The film had its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2017. It was released on March 3, 2017.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval of 38% based on 60 reviews, with an average rating of 5/10. On Metacritic, the film has a score of 40 out of 100, based on 21 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
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