Essentially a love story about a writer trying to choose among success, his best friend, and a lover with a mysterious past, THE LAST WORD also takes a few digs at Hollywood. Unfortunately, the script here cannot match the ambitious aims of the premise.
Martin (Timothy Hutton), a Detroit columnist with a new book, goes to a party with his mob-connected buddy Doc (Joe Pantoliano). He meets Sara (Michelle Burke), a stripper who agrees to be interviewed for a story. As she tells him personal secrets, they feel a growing attraction. Soon they become
In trouble with the mob over gambling debts, Doc begs Martin to let him produce the film version of his book. When Sara reads the column Martin has written about her, she feels violated, and Martin promises never to write about her again. He invites her to come with him and Doc to Hollywood.
Martin writes a script using part of Sara's story, but deletes it when she objects. A studio executive tells Doc that without Sara's story, the movie won't get made. Desperate, Doc confesses his gambling debt to Martin and reveals that Sara is really a prostitute. Tensions culminate in a
confrontation involving the three of them--which is revealed to be a movie scene flashing in Martin's head as he lies in bed, alone.
With an impressive supporting cast--Chazz Palmientiri as a tough mobster and Richard Dreyfuss as a studio exec--THE LAST WORD has a few vivid moments. The script alternately treats Hollywood with contempt and naive worship, as a place where violent stories are rewarded with easy money and studio
execs apparently conference call with confirmed mobsters. The love triangle story here could have been compelling on its own. By focusing on Tinseltown glitz, however, crucial details--like Sara trying to come to terms with her past--are short-changed. This is a movie that wants to do too much.
(Violence, nudity, sexual situations, adult situations.)
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- Released: 1995
- Rating: R
- Review: Essentially a love story about a writer trying to choose among success, his best friend, and a lover with a mysterious past, THE LAST WORD also takes a few digs at Hollywood. Unfortunately, the script here cannot match the ambitious aims of the premise. M… (more)