LAST CHANCE HARVEY
Release Date: December 25, 2008
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson,
Richard Schiff, Liane Balaban,
James Brolin, Kathy Baker, and
Genre: Romantic Drama
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 99 minutes
Distributor: Overture Films/Starz LLC
Director: Joel Hopkins
Executive Producer: Jawal Nga
Producer: Tim Perell and Nicola Usborne
Writer: Joel Hopkins
Address Comments To:Overture Films
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Englewood, CO 80112
Phone: (720) 852-7700
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The story takes place over a long weekend in London as Harvey arrives to attend his daughter’s wedding. Divorced years ago, Harvey is shunned by his ex-wife. In fact, his daughter asks her new stepfather to walk her down the aisle instead of Harvey.
When Harvey gets a phone call that he has been fired, Harvey’s life comes crashing down. He strikes up a conversation with Kate, a stranger at a coffee shop who has equal relationship problems. Together, they spend a day getting to know each other and discovering a last chance at happiness.
Harvey is a rumpled man who feels outdated at work by younger competition and has never seen his dream of being a jazz pianist come to pass. When he comes to his daughter’s wedding, it is awkward and painful for him. He leaves, meets Kate and then returns with her to the wedding reception and respectfully takes his place in giving the toast from the father. He speaks up for himself but expresses regret over the past. This heals the wounds with his daughter, though his ex-wife doesn’t seem to forgive him.
Harvey and Kate discover each other, and Kate is finally able to risk the potential pain of another relationship. Harvey gets a chance to get his old job back, but instead chooses to stay in London to be with Kate.
LAST CHANCE HARVEY is bittersweet, humorous and charming. The centerpiece is the chemistry between Hoffman and Emma Thompson, who plays Kate. The couple seems both oddly matched, but also oddly paired. They work well together, and the story, while a bit predictable, moves along at a good pace. This is a small movie about a couple of days in the lives of two people who get a last chance at relationship.
The movie has some minor foul language, but no nudity, sexual scenes or other negative elements which often populate romance movies. There is a Romantic element in that the meaning in their lives seems to be found in the other, though this theme is not underscored heavily. There is, however, no mention of God or any spiritual aspect to life.
Harvey gets another chance at love and another chance to make things right with his daughter, choosing to not hold the grudge that his wife holds.
LAST CHANCE HARVEY needs some discernment for the language and Romantic element, but otherwise is a positive movie.
LAST CHANCE HARVEY is bittersweet, humorous and charming. The centerpiece is the chemistry between Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson. They work well together. The story, while a bit predictable, moves at a good pace. The movie has some foul language, but no other negative elements. There is a Romantic element in that the meaning in their lives seems to be found in the other, though this theme is not underscored heavily. LAST CHANCE HARVEY needs some discernment for its foul language and Romantic element, but otherwise is a positive movie.