What You Need To Know:
(R, LLL, V, SS, NN, D, M) Realism; 36 obscenities, 2 profanities & 10 vulgarities; off-screen beating; sexual immorality depicted; partial female nudity; drug dealer character; and, blackmail.
In THE LAST GOOD TIME, Joseph Kopple, a mid-seventies retired violinist, and Charlotte Zwicki, an early-twenties leather-clad punk, come together to satisfy each other’s needs in a May-December romantic fling. Joseph opens his small apartment to her when she has nowhere else to go, and Charlotte provides companionship to him, a man who has been alone for a very long lime. Their relationship, however, does not remain platonic. As their involvement deepens, the world around them comes crashing down. Joseph owes his life’s savings to the IRS, and Charlotte has trouble with her drug-dealing boyfriend. In the end, it is she who ties things up into a neat package for Joseph.
Fancy camera angles are out of place in this tale, and too many silent scenes slows the pace. Characters are poorly defined, and Joseph, the retired musician, could easily have been Joseph, the retired barber. The relationship between Joseph and Charlotte is much less about age and much more about people needing each other. It illustrates humanity (though immorally) and implies that no one should ever give up hope. However, an obvious plot together with foul language, sexual immorality and nudity make THE LAST GOOD TIME a movie to be seen only if one enjoys going to the movies with friends and talking afterwards about what they did not like.