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A remake of the Italian filmL'Ultimo Bacio,The Last Kisswas largely ignored in theaters despite its Gen-X themes and appeal of star Zach Braff (Scrubs), who last made a splash in theaters with his similar twentysomething angst filmGarden State. A drama about midlife crises (mostly for people approaching 30, that is), director Tony Goldwyn (A Walk on the Moon) has assembled a top-notch cast, but there's not enough likeability in the characters to care. Architect Michael (Zach Braff) is a commitmentphobe who wanders into a flirtation with coed Kim (Rachel Bilson) because he's gun-shy about settling down with his perfect girlfriend Jenna (Jacinda Barrett), who's expecting his child. His fellow pals face their own romantic crossroads; one (Michael Weston) desires to settle down with a woman who doesn't love him back; another (Eric Christian Olsen) can't find someone who just wants a meaningless fling like him; and the third (Casey Affleck), ponders leaving his weary wife who's constantly berating his shortcomings as a father. Most depressing is Jenna's mother (Blythe Danner), who's tired of feeling neglected by her stoic husband (Tom Wilkinson). Danner and Wilkinson are compelling as longtime marrieds who've lost their spark, but Braff's character is wholly unlikeable, even aside from his indiscretions. The bright spot is Bilson, in her first movie role, utterly adorable as the sexy college student who's got more parts vulnerability and sass than any stuck in the Other Woman role. There's some fine acting inThe Last Kiss, but not enough character development to care about anything they're going through.
The DVD includes a commentary featuring cast members Braff, Barrett, Olsen, Bilson, and director Goldwyn, who all mainly hoot during Olsen's sex scenes and ogle Bilson's seductive dancing. Braff and Goldwyn also imitate Bilson's high-pitched speedchatter throughout, while Barrett educates the cast on the similarities between "the dingo ate my baby" and the O.J. Simpson case (don't ask). It's all the more entertaining compared to a separate commentary track with just Goldwyn and Braff, who mostly drones about the music he picked for the film (Remy Zero, Snow Patrol, Aimee Mann) and raves about the minimalist score, done by singer Michael Penn. And oh, they ogle Bilson's dancing in this one too. --Ellen A. Kim
Reality at its best! This is a fantastic movie about the pros and cons of being in a relationship. This movie sends a VERY important message to all of its viewers and that message is that temptation is EVERYWHERE and if you do not have the will-power so-to-speak to say NO! I am not going to do this...then you do not derserve to be in any serious relationship regardless of how much "in love" you think your in. Point being...if you believe you might act upon those negative temptations you are not "in love" just in lust.
Heartwarming I expected this movie to be more funny than real, but about a 1/4 of the way in, it became very real and I loved it for that. It makes you think about cheating and relationships and if we really think about the consequences to our actions. Also, how much do we love the people we are around? It's a great couple movie especially if you have been questioning your love for each other.Another Awful American Remake Thanks to a superb cast and good director, the 2001 Italian romantic comedy "The Last Kiss", about a quartet of 29-year-old male friends struggling with the responsibilities of grown-up relationships, managed to strike a balance between comedy and drama and between the flaws and virtues of all characters. The American remake fails to strike that balance and the characters are so poorly developed (or badly redone) that all the people come across as dumb jerks. Zach Braff, good in "Scrubs," shows he has limited range as an actor and Tony Goldwyn has even more limited abilities as director. Do yourself a favor: see the Italian original. This remake sucks out all the charm of that movie, ruins all the characters and plotlines and tops it off with a new ridiculous ending.