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Plot: Michael and Jenna, having been a couple for three years, want to get married and start a family. These plans seem to be well on their way when Jenna announces that she's pregnant. But ... Runtime: 115 mins Release Date: 15 Sep 2006
The Last Kiss is a remake of the 2001 Italian film of the same name. The movie is about a group of best friends in their twenties who each are having a midlife crisis and don't know what they are going to do in the future with their relationships with the women they love and how they are going to face the things that come with marriage, having children, buying a house and other things we face as we get older and fall in love. The film focuses on the men finding themselves interested in other women, not sure of what they really want and in the end what they want to do with their lives. The <more>
movie also focuses on a middle age couple and how they handle their rocky relationship. The Last Kiss has good direction, a good adapted screenplay, good performances by the entire cast and good original music. This past year I have already seen The Break Up a film about a couple who are thinking about breaking up and overall it wasn't a very good movie, but now we finally get a great movie about relationships and about the choices we have to make in the future. The performances in this film were all great and the direction and script even though it was adapted from the earlier film were also very good. The characters in this film were all very likable and believable characters and I for one could relate to things going on in their lives and things they said and I think a lot of people whether you are a young adult to middle age will be able to relate to this movie in some way and it may remind you of the fears and decisions you have had to make in your own life. I also felt for the characters and even though they made mistakes and did things that may not have been the best you still care for these characters and like them and hope that somehow things will manage out for them in the end. The film kept my interest for the entire running time of the movie and I really got compelled into this movie and the different characters. The film has a few comedic moments that work quite well and the dramatic moments are played out very well and are very realistic and at times represent people and life very well. I also found this to be a very honest movie and I liked how the movie didn't sugar coat things and make everything happy and like a family movie ending and without being too sappy or melodramatic. For being a movie that is entertaining, well made, well acted and that is a movie that is easy to relate to and for being such an honest and realistic film I really loved this movie. The Last Kiss is one of the best films of the year and I hope that the age group that this movie is intended for both young adult and middle age will see it and find it as rewarding an experience as I have.
One of the best films of 2006. It was entirely marketed wrong. I avoided it in theaters because I thought it was a film about juvenile fantasies. It's so much more than that. The relationships felt real and multi-layered. Decisions aren't easy and they aren't black and white. None of the characters are heinous, but all are flawed. In most films, one of two women would be an awful person to give the hero an easy way out. Not here. I understood all of their decisions and felt empathy when the characters went through what they were going through. In most films, supporting characters <more>
have nothing to do. Here, the characters have stories that play off the main character's story. No one is window dressing or there to give our hero sage advice. Well done. This film should have been better received.
What an amazing, yet sad and realistic movie. I think "The Last Kiss" serves as a wake up call for all of us. A lot of people go into relationships not knowing what they're getting themselves into, and a lot of people DON'T get themselves into relationships because they're scared of what they could be getting themselves into. Both sides of the coin are bad, yet we all flip to one side or the other at some point of our lives.I think this movie really does a great job of interpreting modern relationships. We live in a word where many people are just so confused, <more>
impatient...people who gravitate toward drama because they just can't get enough, but here's the one thing I have known for awhile which has only been reinforced by this movie: there are three categories of people. There are the people who have not gotten "it" out of their system and by it, I mean "the party animal , there are those who may never have "it" out of their system, and there are those who have never had much of "it" in their system. If you know which category you currently fall into, you can avoid the act of cheating, and I'm telling you, it's as simple as not getting too close to someone if you still haven't gotten "it" out of your system...and well if you've had "it" in your system for years, it's probably time to get "it" out and grow up, but until then don't screw someone over when you still know you have a caged animal just waiting to get out and explore.Anyway, this may sound like ranting, but it is a concept I believe this movie teaches very well. "The Last Kiss" basically works as a mirror to show us who we really are.
Of all the movies I have seen recently, trying to grasp a hint of real life experience, this delivers in a splendid and quite significant way. Not to mention the terrific acting, but the comparison of several different relationships really works. Zach Braff is awesome as usual, as well as Casey Affleck's unusual appeal as the "the very unhappy married man" but the real surprises for me were that of Jacinda Barrett and Rachel Bilson. Jacinda Barrett, aka Real World London hottie, who knew she had this in her? Her and Braff's fight scenes literally brought tears to my eyes <more>
because they were so true to life, the acting from her was phenomenal. And Rachel Bilson? Goodbye O.C., hello mistress of seduction. She really broke away from her only known role as Summer Roberts, and introduced the world to a more mature actress, willing to take risks that actually work!!! The ending is definitely left up to interpretation, which changes the age old myth, that all problems can be resolved in two hours time!! I highly recommend this film.
The most honest movie about relationships for any generation...very funny moments, and some that make you cringe because they are too real. I highly recommend it...enough to register in order to comment.This will be a defining movie of our generation, a great follow up to Garden State. This movie doesn't tell you anything that you don't already know...but you will reexamine how you feel about love and how you show your love and commitment to those you are in love with. The parents help carry this movie, and while this might be too brutally honest for my parents to watch...I think it <more>
should be required watching for anyone thinking about getting married.
A brilliant look at real relationships and heart ache and coming of age that isn't teen age (by Robert_duder)
Every once in awhile a film appears and really surprises you with how intelligent and real it is and the powerful message it conveys. It's usually these films that you just find something that connects you to it and makes an impression on you and The Last Kiss certainly did that for me. The Last Kiss could perhaps be described as a dark comedy but I truly think it's comedic value simply comes from being a very true to life film...art imitating life as it were. The cast are all very strong and the story is riveting and important and has such a strong moral lesson behind it that <more>
everyone and anyone can get something from it. Most importantly it is in a very small selection of films that deals quite poignantly with the coming-of-age of a different sort. Most people consider coming-of-age somewhere in your teens...almost twenties but for a lot of twenty-somethings we know that becoming an adult sometimes takes a little longer and that is exactly what this film deals with.Zach Braff definitely demonstrates some serious acting chops with this film and pulls far away from his comedic roots although this isn't the first time. Braff is truly great as the anxious, overwhelmed late twenties guy Michael, who suddenly finds himself on the brink of leaving youth behind. He has marriage in front of him, friends that are on to different paths in their lives, and everything appears 'planned out.' Braff shows a confused, rather immature man who finds out he wants to grow up almost to late. He's a relate-able character to anyone watching the film. Jacinda Barrett plays Michael's long time girlfriend Jenna that everyone loves including Michael but he sees her as his final step into leaving youth behind. They share a wonderful relationship but Michael is scared. Braff and Barrett are perfect together and have terrific chemistry. Barrett is perfect as the hurt and devastated girlfriend in everything. Rachel Bilson plays the young, carefree, hot college student Kim that turns Michael upside down when she shows an interest in having a fling with him. Bilson is terrific in this role and probably had a difficult time with it considering she isn't exactly the character to like in the film. Nonetheless some may relate to her and see her for what she is. Her chemistry with Braff is also outstanding and comes across as more of an obsession than real which is perfect for the role. Michael's friends, each in their own stage of life, are played by Casey Affleck, Michael Weston and Eric Christian Olsen. The three of them do a great job in their small roles and each represent a different path in life that the four of them are looking onto.Legendary TV and screen writer Paul Haggis knows how to capture emotion and realism which is exactly what makes his stories so amazing and he puts exactly that into this film. On top of that the actors are perfectly cast, the story moves at the perfect pace and it's just all around a great film. The film is almost hard to watch because Braff's character makes so many errors that almost make you cringe but it's real life and everything unfolds like that. I think I might have enjoyed the film more had their been less of a happy or good ending because then it would have demonstrated consequences of Braff's actions but nonetheless the film is terrific. Definitely not much of a romance or a date film but a great movie to watch with anyone. 9/10
A slightly problematic, yet excellent and poignant coming-of age film (by DonFishies)
Although I could never pin-point the one "off thing" about Garden State, I still am in believe that it is one of the best films I have seen in the past few years. Zach Braff really showed his worth with that film, and being an off-fan of Scrubs as well, I looked forward to his next film. It has been two years, but finally we now have The Last Kiss, which was scripted by recent two-time Oscar winner Paul Haggis. I managed to win a double pass to see a sneak preview of the film, and after seeing it, I am very glad that I did.The Last Kiss centres around Michael Braff . He is <more>
twenty-nine, and like anyone growing up, is conflicted about life. He has a wonderful girlfriend, Jenna Jacinda Barrett , who just happens to be expecting their child, and life-long friends the likes of which include Casey Affleck and Eric Christian Olsen . But as he is beginning to go through this crisis, he ends up meeting a young College student named Kim Rachel Bilson , who becomes totally drawn to Michael after she lays eyes on him during a wedding.What follows is a somewhat poignant coming-of age story. It is a bit of a departure from the usual work Haggis does, but his work here is just as good as the rest. On one hand, it is nowhere near as good as Garden State, but on the other, it feels more realistic and more mature than it. These are real characters facing real problems, and the fact is that, almost anyone can identify with them. The film stays grounded in reality for its entirety, and rarely deviates off course unlike some of the strange subplots in State . While it does focus on Braff's character mainly, there is special attention brought down in many cases to Affleck's character as Olsen's soul purpose seems to be most of the comedy and/or sex scenes . It is honest and for the most part, absolutely heart-breaking to watch the characters go through life's challenges. But at it's core, like State, it is a film that speaks to the current generation, and tries to make an attempt at letting them know that everyone feels these anxieties, and that they truly are not easy to deal with. I would be lying if I did not say that I saw a little bit of myself and my thoughts in these characters.The excellent performance here from Braff only continues to prove why he will soon become one of Hollywood's most sought-after actors. While some of the things his character ends up doing over the course of the film may become slightly agitating, his performance does not. Although his facial expression barely changes throughout the film, you can see the genuine emotion he is conveying in his performance. His body language and demeanor is both touching and pitiful in a good way at the same time. You really do not know if you want to love or hate this guy through his anxiety-ridden phase, and as a result, Braff really strikes an emotion-chord that probably would never have been even nearly as well developed with any other actor.Barrett and Bilson really stand out as the women in Braff's characters life. They play their characters so they distinctly different to the point of it being deliciously delightful all at once. The two contrast each other magnificently, from Barrett's wholesomeness to Bilson's devilish sexiness. The happiness and sadness they have to go through is excellent, and again, really gives a sense of realism to the film. They really grow throughout the film, and their chemistry with Braff is an absolute wonder to witness. Supporting turns from Affleck, as well as Blythe Danner and Tom Wilkinson as Jenna's parents are all very well done although slightly underplayed , and only complement the other three even more so.The only thing I can really find wrong with the film lies squarely with Haggis' script which was reportedly edited slightly by Braff . While the film is great, it really does not stay solid on what it is trying to be. Is it a comedy? Is it a drama? It is hard to tell, as scenes that should be purely whimsical are not all that funny, and devastatingly dramatic scenes have the audience laughing hysterically. This only happened in a few instances the rest of the scenes are either funny or dramatic , but it was downright awkward in many cases. Braff managed to blend the two together quite well for Garden State, and we have seen how masterful Haggis' work is, so why does it all not totally come together here? It really makes for quite the serious question, as the film could have easily slipped in as the best of the year so far, but must contend with being just one of the best.While the film has a chillingly bizarre problem with its tone, the performances and story more than make up for it. This is an excellent and poignant coming-of age film, and yet another vehicle to show off the work of Braff and Haggis. And with a superb supporting cast to boot, I am unsure of what more to ask for.8/10.
OK yes it was a great movie, believe it or not. Compared to garden state? Well, I don't know one Is about finding himself when he returns to his hometown for his mother's death, reunites with friends, he has Revelations, and finds love- in his early 20's. The last kiss I thought had more depth to it- while going through the almost "30" crisis. It was brutally honest, which I know some people don't like/can't deal with. Just because you're married, have a kid, and are happy, doesn't mean there aren't people out there who connected and understood what <more>
these characters were going through and feeling. It was realistic, but managed to still make you laugh even though you know you shouldn't be. I hated Kim's character, not because of her just the realness, and probability that there will always be that girl that makes men question everything... It's a remake apparently, but I still think it's original compared to all the other crappy predictable movies out right now. Some people don't like the end, how you don't know what happens to him and his girlfriend, what the 2 guys end up doing/going in the RV road-trip, what the married/separated guy does with the kid/ex situation, but you know what not to sound cheesy but that was the perfect ending because in life you don't know whats next, and it leaves your mind to actually think and imagine what the ending was... what you would imagine the ending to be. It's great. It makes you cry, laugh, and question everything in your life, your parents, friends, significant others weither that be good or bad It's honest, and you connect with everyone, and even if you don't- you want to understand them and get in their head and know what their really thinking...
Seeing the *original* is important... (by casch0101)
I strongly urge you all to watch Gabriele Muccino's original "L'ultimo baccio" of which this film is a remake, which is largely better. I thought Zachary Braff was a miscast his Italian alter-ego is better . Rachel Bilson, however, is lovely and very much like the rookie blond girl in the original movie her first appearance on screen . Jacinta Barret is great. still, the Italian original movie has more strength, warmth and is an overall better movie. And then, the emotional reactions, feelings and overall personalities of all characters in the film are 100 percent Italian <more>
and Latin, for that matter , and parts of the script seem "forced" with the burden put on Americans