The Last Word

The Last Word

Mark Pellington (2016)

15 Certificate


Our Score
As she faces the end of her life, lonely businesswoman Harriet Lauler (Shirley MacLaine) enlists a newspaper writer (Amanda Seyfried) to write her obituary. But when Harriet finds out she is universally loathed, the pair go on a road trip to rewrite her legacy. While it has an interesting starting point, Mark Pellington's comedy focuses so much on how nasty Harriet is, that she becomes difficult to redeem, making the final act exceedingly hard to swallow. The question is not whether she can be saved, but whether she deserves to be. That said, there are some laughs to be had from the misanthropy. MacLaine gives a spirited performance, putting Seyfried through a series of increasingly unbelievable misadventures, and she's helped by witty child star AnnJewel Lee Dixon, a surprise package as Harriet's young companion. The Last Word certainly has good intentions, but can't prevent its spiky lead character going too far with her acid tongue, or her unrealistic plans.


Premiere. A retired businesswoman, intent on controlling everything around her until the bitter end, pays off her local newspaper to have her obituary written in advance under her watchful eye. However, a keen young journalist takes up the task of finding out the truth, resulting in a life-altering friendship. Comedy drama, starring Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried.

Cast & Crew

Harriet Shirley MacLaine
Anne Amanda Seyfried
Elizabeth Anne Heche
Robin Sands Thomas Sadoski
Edward Philip Baker Hall
Ronald Odom Tom Everett Scott
Brenda AnnJewell Lee Dixon
Mr Daniels Marshall Bell
Sam Sherman Steven Culp
Margaret Dumont Millicent Martin
Father Reilly John Billingsley
Dr Morgan Todd Louiso
Director Mark Pellington
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: VertigoGuidance: Swearing.Available on: DVDReleased on: 7 Jul 2017