No one yearns to die, but it happens anyway. The circle of life, indeed.
The retired businesswoman Harriet Lauler (the legendary Shirley MacLaine) controls everything. Ms. Lauler hires the local obituary writer Anne Sherman (the underwhelming Amanda Seyfried) to establish a particular legacy and scribe the obituary when the time arrives. You may mostly anticipate Ms. Lauler’s death from the outset to the finish.
Let’s admit “The Last Word” is just outright ridiculous – like, let’s get real here – who would want to write their obituary before their death? Ugh, no one. Sort of depressing. Beyond the regular dose of melancholy. The caveat is Mark Pellington’s film attempts to be inspirational when the subject matter is not. Not even Ms. MacLaine and Ms. Seyfried could rescue the somber narrative.
If anything, “The Last Word” delivers the most bitter and disgusting aftertaste following the screening (by the way, I’m still recovering from it). C-
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