12/20/2014  
Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Season 2 on DVD Dec 16Lord Of Illusions (Collector's Edition) 2-Disc Blu-ray Director's Cut Dec 16Kelly & Cal on DVD Dec 30The Facts Of Life: The Complete Series on DVD Jan 13Keep on Keepin' On on DVD Jan 13Stonehearst Asylum on DVD & Blu-ray Dec 16Moveable Feast With Fine Cooking - Season 1 on DVD Dec 30

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

Stephen Colbert sings with every celebrity you can thin...
The Colbert Report Is Dead. Long Live Stephen Colbert!...
Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Season 2...
Lord Of Illusions (Collector's Edition) 2-Disc Blu-ray ...
A Salute to 'The Colbert Report' ...

JB Joseph Burke

The Answer to American Idol's Problems Is......
CONCRETE BLONDES...
JACK REACHER...
LIZ & DICK...
CHINA BEACH: THE COMPLETE SERIES...

CA Chuck Aliaga

THE ATTACK (BLU-RAY)...
THE LADY (BLU-RAY)...
SWAMP THING (BLU-RAY)...
AROUSED...
THE SWEENEY (BLU-RAY)...

MZ Mark Zimmer

Take Part in a Film Restoration...
STORAGE WARS: SEASON ONE...
LOST KEATON...
BLACK NARCISSUS (BLU-RAY)...
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE MOTION PICTURE TRILOGY (BLU-...

JD Jon Danziger

SUNSET BOULEVARD...
TABLOID...
CUL-DE-SAC...
3 WOMEN...
BASEBALL'S GREATEST GAMES: 1986 WORLD SERIES GAME 6...

JS Jesse Shanks

KATT WILLIAMS: KATTPACALYPSE...
NORMAN MAILER: THE AMERICAN...
I Don't Know How She Does It on DVD & Blu-ray Jan 3...
The Liam Neeson Film Collection on DVD Nov 1...
Box Office Charts From Box Office Mojo Nov 12-14...

RJ Ross Johnson

THE DEVIL'S NEEDLE AND OTHER TALES OF VICE AND REDEMPTI...
THE TROUBLE WITH TOLSTOY...
HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN TWO HOURS...
ANATOMY OF A MURDER...
BASIL DEARDEN'S LONDON UNDERGROUND (ECLIPSE SERIES 25)...

JC Joel Cunningham

WINGS OF DESIRE...
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS...
MONSOON WEDDING...
PIERROT LE FOU...
SMALLVILLE: THE COMPLETE EIGHTH SEASON...

MS Matt Serafini

THE STEPFATHER...
THE HILLS RUN RED...
NIGHT OF DEATH...
GNAW...
STEPFATHER II...

DH Dan Heaton

NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS...
THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE...

DD Dale Dobson

Film-Fest 4: Sundance 2000 & Hawaii...

RR Rich Rosell

DOWN AND DIRTY WITH JIM NORTON...
WE FEED THE WORLD...
THE BUCKET LIST...
CRUDE IMPACT...
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON (BLU-RAY)...

RM Robert Mandel

Saving Private Ryan...

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif

DVD Review: THE LAST KISS (BLU-RAY)



Studio: DreamWorks Home Entertainment
Year: 2006
Cast: Zach Braff, Jacinda Barrett, Casey Affleck, Rachel Bilson, Michael Weston, Eric Christian Olsen, Marley Shelton, Harold Ramis, Blythe Danner, Tom Wilkinson
Director: Tony Goldwyn
Release Date: April 14, 2009
Rating: Not Rated for (sexuality, nudity and language)
Run Time: 01h:43m:42s
Genre(s): romantic comedy

ìLife is pretty much in the grays for the most part and if you insist always on black and whiteÖyou are going to be very unhappy.î - Anna (Blythe Danner)

THE LAST KISS (BLU-RAY)

Buy Now @ Amazon

 
     

This is a fun, thought-provoking comedy since I haven't seen since its 2006 theatrical release date, and this new Blu-ray enhances an already solid film.

Movie Grade: A-

DVD Grade: B+

Zach Braff is one of those love-him or hate-him kind of guys. His charming, unending wit, and snarky line delivery on SCRUBS has kept that show running much longer than anyone expected. Those same qualities also managed to alienate those who like their comedy delivered in a more straight-forward, Kevin James/Dane Cook manner. Braff wowed both groups with his acting, writing, and directing talents in 2004ís GARDEN STATE, a critically acclaimed hit that put him on at least the independent film landscape. Choosing to follow that up with 2006ís THE LAST KISS didnít exactly rocket Braff to superstardom, though, but this is a great little film that deserves a look, especially now that itís available on Blu-ray.

Sure, THE LAST KISS has some problems and is no GARDEN STATE, but it never tries to be, and Braff never tries to emulate his character from that very personal film. Instead heís Michael, a commitment-phobic twenty something who has a seemingly perfect girl in Jenna (Jacinda Barrett). In fact, Michael, has everything going for him, until Jenna tells him that sheís pregnant. Itís here that the film really takes off and becomes a rare story that nearly every man can relate to. Michael freaks out at the news and thoughts regarding the sudden permanence of his situation and finds comfort and hope for continued youth in the arms of young Kim (Rachel Bilson). At first, whether these two consummate their flirty relationship is irrelevant, as Michael is essentially ìcheatingî on Jenna by simply talking to this beautiful girl, but as things progress, they naturally become more complicated and he is in danger of ruining his life across the board. Itís this sense of danger mixed with the temptation that is Kim, which really powers the film.

Bilsonís performance is a true revelation as she could have simply played the tired, clichÈd role of evil young temptress (credit Paul Haggisí screenplay for assisting in this). Instead, she plays Kim as a naive young woman who unwillingly grows up fast, herself, as a result of her relationship with Michael. Bilson has a great cast to work with too, with Braff being solid in the lead role, but often playing second-fiddle to Blythe Danner and Tom Wilkinson, who play Jennaís parents, Anna and Stephen, who dealing with relationship problems of their own. Barrettís role is an often hapless one, but she busts out of her characterís screenplay restraints during the filmís powerful, thought- provoking climax. Michael Weston, Eric Christian Olsen, and Casey Affleck also do a fine job as Michaelís closest friends.

Who knows if Zach Braffís film career will take off post-SCRUBS, but even if heís never heard from again, he has a pair of fine films under his belt. Tony Goldwyn helmed THE LAST KISS, and he should be commended for never letting up on the stark realism of the screenplay. Much of what Michael goes through hit very close to my belt, and itís the probability that many men will relate to the subjects touched upon here that makes this an important film. DreamWorksí Blu-ray disc features great audio and video that surpasses the already-impressive efforts on the standard DVD. All of those extras are ported over too, and, sadly, none of them show up in HD. Still, if you donít already own the DVD, this great Blu-ray is the way to go.

Posted by: Chuck Aliaga - April 16, 2009, 9:15 pm - DVD Review
Keywords: comedy, romantic comedy, zach braff, jacinda barrett, tony goldwyn




Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search

DVD REVIEW ARCHIVE


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90

 



Microsoft Store

Keywords

television, stephen colbert, final show, kareem abdul-jabar, jj abrams, alan alda, christiane amanpour, many more, the colbert report, last show, santa, unicorn, abraham lincoln, alex trebek, documentary, horror, comedy channel, stephen t. colbert, colbert report, movie, the interview, united states, north korea, soney, hector monsegur, china, sony pictures entertainment, cyber attack, kim jong-un, seth rogen, james franco, drama, the hobbit: the baattle of the five armies, peter jackson, j.r.r. tolkien marathon, comedy, barbara walters, 10 most fascinating people of 2014, amal clooney, taylor swift, george clooney, thriller, chris rock, top five, the late show, david letterman, movies, golden globes 2015, reality, romantic comedy, western, music, 57th grammy awards, iggy azalea, beck, pharrell williams, miranda lambert, sia, cooking, spectre, daniel craig, sam mendes, christoph waltz, lea seydoux, naomie harris, ben whishaw, ralph fiennes, celebrity, loni anderson, burt reynolds, pearl earrings, necklace, nude portrait, lady gaga, howard sten, south by southwest, millie brown, swine, mark geragos, kesha, lukasz sebastian gottwald, world aids day, bono, bruce springsteen, chris martin, espn, monday night football

On Kindle!
On Facbook!
digitallyOBSESSED!
digitallyOBSESSED!
Promote Your Page Too

Visit:

Zarabesque.com

earth mosaics

Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

DVD Marketplace

Snappy Planet

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store