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Bittersweet Romance

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Release Date: December 25, 2008

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Richard Schiff, Liane Balaban, James Brolin, Kathy Baker, and Eileen Atkins

Genre: Romantic Drama

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 99 minutes

Distributor: Overture Films/Starz LLC

Director: Joel Hopkins

Executive Producer: Jawal Nga

Producer: Tim Perell and Nicola Usborne

Writer: Joel Hopkins

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Overture Films
Starz LLC
8900 Liberty Circle
Englewood, CO 80112
Phone: (720) 852-7700
Fax: (720) 852-8555
Website: www.starz.com

Content:

(BB, Ro, LL, S, A, M) Strong moral worldview as man puts relationships above work and tries to heal old wounds and not hold grudges over the past, mixed with some Romantic elements; ten obscenities, two profanities; no violence; very minor discussion of sex during book reading; no nudity; drinking of alcohol; no smoking or drugs; and, bitterness over past, broken relationships.

Summary:

LAST CHANCE HARVEY is the story of Harvey, a middle-aged man who has one more chance in life to value relationships. The movie is bittersweet and features good performances from Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson, but contains some foul language, a Romantic element and a minor discussion of sex in one scene.

Review:

LAST CHANCE HARVEY stars Dustin Hoffman as Harvey, a middle-aged man who has one more chance in life to value relationships instead of work.

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Harvey is a rumpled man who feels outdated at work by younger competition and has never seen his dream of being a jazz pianist come to pass.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.

In Brief:

LAST CHANCE HARVEY is the story of Harvey, who has one more chance in life to value relationships. Harvey arrives in London to attend his daughter’s wedding. Divorced years ago, Harvey is shunned by his ex-wife. His daughter has asked her new stepfather to walk her down the aisle instead of Harvey. When Harvey gets a phone call that he has been fired, his life comes crashing down. He strikes up a conversation with Kate, a stranger at a coffee shop who has equal relationship problems. They spend a day getting to know each other and discovering a last chance at happiness.

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.