The Last Word

Posted on March 30, 2017


The Last Word – Contemplating the end of her life, as 80-somethings are wont to do, Harriet Lauler (Shirley MacLaine) decides to control the outcome of her obituary as she’s controlled everything else in her life. Obituary writer Anne Sherman (Amanda Seyfried) is coerced into fulfilling Ms. Lauler’s wishes but she can’t find a single person who will say one kind word about her. Lauler was a successful advertising businesswoman. She’s also brutally honest, harsh and condescending to everyone.
A couple of weeks of togetherness brings more insight into her OCD personality. She just wants people to discover their own potential and she thinks The Kinks was the greatest band ever. Joined by a foul-mouthed, precocious nine-year old named Brenda (Ann-Jewel Lee Dixon), Sherman and Lauler dance like no one is watching. Overall, it’s a pretty good movie. Becomes a little cliched at the end, but I think you’ll like it. Notice that daughter Elizabeth is played by Anne Heche, former girlfriend of Ellen, haven’t seen her in forever.
PS I always thought family members composed a person’s obituary not a newspaper employee. And how do you trim bushes from the bottom to the top?