The Last Kiss
DVD Reviews | Dec 24th, 2006
Starring Zach Braff, Jacinda Barret, Rachel Bilson, Casey Affleck, Blythe Danner, Tom Wilkinson
Written By: Paul Haggis, Gabrielle Muccino
Directed By: Tony Goldwyn
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Zach Braff (Scrubs, Garden State) stars in this coming-of-age “dramedy” about growing up too quickly and the consequences one makes when they look to change their life around. Every person comes to a cross road in their life, and that time ,either good or bad, can come from it. Michael (Braff) has some tough decisions coming up in his life, like the idea of being 30 years old being married and a child on the way, but can he handle it? Not exactly a comedy, but with a great cast and an interesting story, The Last Kiss can definitely make people look at their own lives a little differently.
As an architect, Michael looks to create something from scratch and build upon that. His life with his beautiful girlfriend, Jenna (Jacinda Barrett) is similar. Here Michael has built up a great relationship, to the point flawless, but can the foundation hold? Michael is nearing his 30th birthday and has Michael wondering is there more to life than the typical marriage with kids, and a good career which also may wreck the foundation he has developed over the years. Along comes Rachel Bilson as Kim, a younger, sexy and single girl whom Michael meets at a friend’s wedding. There’s an immediate attraction to one another, and its almost like Michael is in a fog and not sure what exactly he’s doing just talking to her. At the same time of all of this, Michael’s friends are in the same boat as far as their lives go. One is a care free bachelor who goes from one girl to the next, the other is married with a new born and having marriage difficulties, and the last friend is looking to get over his last love and go on a journey away from it all. Michael sees what they are going through. All of them have different stories but the bond of friendship is there and Michael is afraid of giving that up for the perfect life with a great girl. He has to be asking himself is it worth it? In the end I bet it is. Temptations lead Michael to Kim and you know one thing leads to another and eventually Michael’s girlfriend finds out. This is the part where consequences come into play and has Michael regretting his decisions almost immediately for the women he cares most for. He soon realizes the girl he always wanted was there all along and no one out there is better. Unfortunately, it may be too late. Rounding out the great cast is Blythe Danner and Tom Wilkinson as Jenna’s parents. They help to show that their lives aren’t perfect either and are on the brink of disaster themselves. They also are there to help Jenna with her troubles and even Michael as he tries to win his girl back. Having a big cast can be tricky but the writers definitely did a great job of giving all the characters a good continuity to the story while maintaining the theme of the film.
Extras included on the set are director and cast commentaries from Director Tony Goldwyn (Ghost, Last Samurai) and Zach Braff, Jacinda Barrett, and Rachel Bilson, plus some deleted scenes, a gag reel, a music video for “Ride” by Cary Brothers, and a Behind our favorite scenes Featurette which I thought was a nice addition and different from the typical extras.
While I found Garden State a better movie for Zach Braff, he still played his role really good in this film. I was kind of annoyed at him because he plays somewhat of unknowing ass. Here he has a gorgeous girlfriend who is carrying a child, and is looking to see what else is out there? Is he insane? Jacinda Barrett is dyn-o-mite as well as Rachel Bilson, but what would make him look elsewhere? It can’t be all that bad, brother. So for me the movie, was a bit of a downer, more real than most Hollywood films about relationships and kind of a eye opener since I’m pushing 30 myself but in the end, it still was a very strong film.
-Director & Cast Commentaries
-Cary Brothers “Ride” Music Video
-The Last Kiss – Behind Our Favorite Scenes
-And Much More!
-ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
-ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo
-FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
-Widescreen 2.35:1 Color
Favorite Scenes: Friend’s Wedding, Date with Kim, Waiting in the Rain
Running Time: 103 minutes