The Last Kiss (2006)
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40 is the new 20, 50 is the new 30 and 30 is still
It is a risky gamble to place whenever you make a movie based on relationships. The reasons for that are that they tend to be written rather unrealistically or uncomfortably true to life. It is hard to look at something on the big screen that may be a reflection of aspects of your own lives that you may not be proud of. Cheating, lying and just poor treatment of the people you love. Mistakes are difficult to make amends for, but then to be reminded of it in a medium in which we visit in order to escape reality can be difficult.
Four friends Michael, Chris, Izzy and Kenny, who are all on the verge of turning 30, go to their friends wedding and it forces them to focus on their respective relationships. One is entering fatherhood, one is married and trying to survive fatherhood, one is incapable of letting go of his failed relationship and one refuses to grow up and start a relationship. Many poor choices are made and Jenna, Kim, Arianna and Lisa are suffering for them. Relationships are strained, but they all must realize what is important for them in their lives.
I liked this movie, but it was frustrating to see characters that are smart and still making terrible decisions. My forehead was red by the end of this movie from slapping it and saying, "Oh don't do that stupid!" The reason is because I got so wrapped up in what was going in these characters lives. I was drawn in, seeing what not to do in relationships and being reassured that never doing what they had done was the right choice.
The cast were all very effective in their portrayals of each respective character. Zach Braff (GARDEN STATE) as Michael was once again the dorky aloof yet loveable guy. I hope he starts to limit the roles he takes on that are like this, it would be great to see him have more depth. Jacinda Barrett (SCHOOL FOR SCOUNDRELS, although I will remember her as being the Australian model on The Real World London) as Jenna was the girl most guys want to be in a relationship with, she was girly but had the ability to be the guys "buddy" too. Casey Affleck (OCEAN'S 13) as Chris and Lauren Lee Smith (DRAGON BOYS) as Lisa reminded me of a few of my friends and brothers friends who got married and had children before they really knew what they were getting into and knew each other completely. Rachel Bilson (JUMPER) as Kim reminded me too much of girls who knew I was in a relationship and still insisted on flirting with me. It was annoying not because I couldn't do anything about it (do anything never occurs to me mind you), it was annoying because the potential for misunderstanding always arose from it. Michael Weston (WEDDING DAZE, I will always think of him as "Private Dancer" on Scrubs) as Izzy and Eric Christian Olsen (NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE) as Kenny were great as the guys you knew from high school that never grew up. Blythe Danner (MEET THE FOCKERS) as Anna and Tom Wilkinson (BATMAN BEGINS) as Stephen felt like what most parents are like in real life, but never fully show it.
The movie had touching moments, funny moments and moments that made you sigh in disgust. No matter what the combination of those things did, one thing was clear, it allowed me to escape into the lives of people who make far worse choices than I ever would.
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