Comedy / Drama
Runtime: 108 min
14A: coarse language, sexual references
Directed by Mark Pellington
Starring: Shirley MacLaine, Amanda Seyfried
Synopsis: In The Last Word, Harriet (Shirley MacLaine) is a once successful businesswoman in tight control of every aspect of her life. As she reflects upon her accomplishment, she’s suddenly inspired to engage a young local writer, Anne (Amanda Seyfried), to pen her life’s story. When the initial result doesn’t meet Harriet’s high expectations, she sets out to reshape the way she is remembered, with Anne dragged along as an unwilling accomplice. As the journey unfolds, the two women develop a unique bond which alters not only Harriet’s legacy, but also Anne’s future.
MacLaine has something that shines through and elevates a film like this one. The movie is prefab indie whimsy, but she gives it an afterglow. -Variety
Casting is everything in director Mark Pellington’s latest, with MacLaine in blazingly fine form as she dignifies the movie’s every pre-programmed emotional cue while blossoming from dragon lady into nurturing giver of life lessons. -Hollywood Reporter