The Last Word 1.0 stars

Last Word movie poster

What is it about this grab-bag of contrivances, this last word in geezer porn, that attracted the likes of Shirley MacLaine? To set the plot in motion, the newspaper that leisure-class dowager Harriett Lauler (MacLaine) uses to blot up the wine spilled during her botched suicide attempt is conveniently open to the death notices. Not wanting to leave her obituary to chance, the control freak — she “put the ‘bitch’ in ‘obituary’” — hires the town necrologist (Amanda Seyfried) to jerry-build a memorialization. Having firmly established his heroine's disesteem, novice screenwriter Stuart Ross Fink attempts a complete character 180 that entails Harriet dragging Seyfried and an adorable at-risk youth (Ann'Jewel Lee), on a road trip to patch things up with Harriet’s estranged daughter (Anne Heche). The occasionally retired Ms. MacLaine is ever quick with a retort, but this is one lead-footed comeback we all could have done without. Mark Pellington directs. 2017.

Scott Marks

Showtimes

Angelika Film Center

11620 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego, 858-674-6164 | Directions

Thursday, March 23

10:00am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm, 5:30pm, 8:00pm, 10:30pm

ArcLight La Jolla

4425 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite H60, San Diego, 858-768-7770 | Directions

Thursday, March 23

11:40am, 2:35pm, 5:40pm, 8:00pm, 10:10pm

Landmark Hillcrest

3965 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, 619-298-2904 | Directions

Thursday, March 23

1:50pm, 4:35pm, 7:20pm, 9:55pm

Friday, March 24

1:40pm, 4:30pm, 7:20pm, 9:55pm

Saturday, March 25

10:50am, 1:40pm, 4:30pm, 7:20pm, 9:55pm

Sunday, March 26

10:50am, 1:40pm, 4:30pm, 7:20pm, 9:55pm

Monday, March 27

1:40pm, 4:30pm, 7:20pm, 9:55pm

Tuesday, March 28

1:40pm, 4:30pm, 7:20pm, 9:55pm

Wednesday, March 29

1:40pm, 4:30pm, 7:20pm, 9:55pm

Thursday, March 30

1:40pm, 4:30pm, 9:55pm

Regal San Marcos

1180 W. San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos, 760-471-3734 | Directions

Thursday, March 23

11:00am, 1:45pm, 4:30pm, 7:20pm, 10:05pm

Friday, March 24

11:40am, 4:55pm, 10:20pm

Saturday, March 25

4:55pm, 10:20pm

Sunday, March 26

11:40am, 4:55pm, 10:20pm

Monday, March 27

11:40am, 4:55pm, 10:20pm

Tuesday, March 28

11:40am, 4:55pm, 10:20pm

Wednesday, March 29

11:40am, 4:55pm, 10:20pm

Thursday, March 30

1:40pm, 9:40pm

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