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The Last Word

The Last Word
The Last Word
The Last Word
  • R
  • 1h 47m
  • 2017
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In THE LAST WORD, Shirley MacLaine is Harriet Lauler, a once successful businesswoman in tight control of every aspect of her life. As she reflects upon her accomplishments, she's suddenly inspired to engage a young local writer, Anne Sherman (Amanda Seyfried), to pen her life's story. When the initial result doesn’t meet Harriet's high expectations, she sets out to reshape the way she is remembered, with Anne dragged along as an unwilling accomplice. As the journey unfolds, the two women develop a unique bond which alters not only Harriet’s legacy, but also Anne’s future.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: The Last Word proves Shirley MacLaine remains a wonderfully magnetic screen presence -- and deserving of a far better vehicle for her considerable talents.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Refreshing comedy about abrasive woman has strong language.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Last Word is a dramedy about an abrasive, wealthy, retired woman (Shirley MacLaine) who decides she wants to reinvent herself/improve her legacy before she dies. This leads to a friendship with a young newspaper obituary writer (Amanda Seyfried) and turns the movie into a female-focused buddy/road-trip film. The main issue here is strong language, including "f--k," "s--t," and more, some of which is said by a young girl. There's also some drinking, a possible pill overdose, and some flirting/kissing, but the swearing is the the biggest red flag -- and is the sole reason for the film's R rating.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Comedy
  • Release Date:March 3, 2017
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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