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The Last Kiss

promotional poster for The Last Kiss
Directed by Tony Goldwyn
Produced by Gary Lucchesi
Tom Rosenberg
Marcus Viscidi
Andre Lamal
Written by Paul Haggis (screenplay)
Gabriele Muccino (film L' Ultimo Bacio)
Starring Zach Braff
Jacinda Barrett
Casey Affleck
Rachel Bilson
Blythe Danner
Tom Wilkinson
Music by Michael Penn
Cinematography Tom Stern
Editing by Lisa Zeno Churgin
Distributed by - USA -
DreamWorks
- non-USA -
Lakeshore Entertainment
Release date(s) September 10, 2006 (Deauville Film Festival & Toronto Film Festival)
September 15, 2006 (wide release)
Running time 115 mins
Language English
Budget $20 million
Official website
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

The Last Kiss is a 2006 film which is based on the 2001 Italian film L'ultimo bacio, directed by Gabriele Muccino. The film stars Zach Braff, Jacinda Barrett, Casey Affleck and Rachel Bilson. The screenplay was written by Paul Haggis, and directed by Tony Goldwyn. The plot revolves around a young couple and their friends struggling with adulthood and issues of relationships and commitment. Much of the movie was filmed in and around Madison, WI. As with Garden State, Braff was involved with the film's soundtrack. The first teaser trailer was released on zachbraff.com in mid-June 2006. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (493x755, 46 KB)[edit] Summary movie poster for the American theatrical release of the film The Last Kiss (2006) Source URL: http://www. ... Anthony Howard Goldwyn (born May 20, 1960 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actor. ... Tom B. Rosenberg is an American film producer as well as founder and chairman of Lakeshore Entertainment. ... Paul Edward Haggis (born March 10, 1953 in London, Ontario) is an Academy Award-winning Canadian screenwriter, producer, film director, and a director/producer of television programs working in Hollywood. ... Gabriele Muccino (born May 20, 1967 in Rome, Italy) is a successful Italian director. ... Lultimo bacio (international English title: The Last Kiss; USA title: One Last Kiss) is a 2000 Italian movie directed by Gabriele Muccino. ... Zachary Israel Braff (born April 6, 1975) is an American television and film actor, director, screenwriter, and producer. ... Jacinda Barrett (born August 2, 1972) is an Australian model turned actress. ... Caleb Casey Affleck-Boldt (born August 12, 1975 in Falmouth, Massachusetts) is an American actor. ... Rachel Sarah Bilson (born August 25, 1981)[1] is an American actress. ... Blythe Katherine Danner (born February 3, 1943) is a prolific two time Emmy-winning American actress who has appeared in numerous stage, screen, and film roles. ... This article is about the English actor. ... Michael Penn (born August 1, 1958, in Greenwich Village, New York City) is an American singer and songwriter. ... Tom Stern is an American actor, director, writer, and producer. ... This article is about the film studio. ... Lakeshore Entertainment Group is an American independent film production company founded in 1994 by Tom Rosenberg. ... is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Deauville American Film Festival is a film festival for American movies that occurs every year since 1975 in Deauville, France. ... The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is generally considered to be one of the five top film festivals in the world. ... is the 258th day of the year (259th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... // Please note that following the tradition of the English language film industry, these are the top grossing films that were first released in the United States and Canada in 2006; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing... For the 1968 science-fiction film and novel, see 2001: A Space Odyssey The year 2001 in film involved some significant events. ... Lultimo bacio (international English title: The Last Kiss; USA title: One Last Kiss) is a 2000 Italian movie directed by Gabriele Muccino. ... Gabriele Muccino (born May 20, 1967 in Rome, Italy) is a successful Italian director. ... Zachary Israel Braff (born April 6, 1975) is an American television and film actor, director, screenwriter, and producer. ... Jacinda Barrett (born August 2, 1972) is an Australian model turned actress. ... Caleb Casey Affleck-Boldt (born August 12, 1975 in Falmouth, Massachusetts) is an American actor. ... Rachel Sarah Bilson (born August 25, 1981)[1] is an American actress. ... Paul Edward Haggis (born March 10, 1953 in London, Ontario) is an Academy Award-winning Canadian screenwriter, producer, film director, and a director/producer of television programs working in Hollywood. ... Anthony Howard Goldwyn (born May 20, 1960 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actor. ... Garden State is a 2004 film written by, directed by, and starring Zach Braff, with Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard and co-starring Sir Ian Holm. ...

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Cast

Zachary Israel Braff (born April 6, 1975) is an American television and film actor, director, screenwriter, and producer. ... Jacinda Barrett (born August 2, 1972) is an Australian model turned actress. ... Caleb Casey Affleck-Boldt (born August 12, 1975 in Falmouth, Massachusetts) is an American actor. ... Rachel Sarah Bilson (born August 25, 1981)[1] is an American actress. ... Michael Weston (born in New York City, New York, USA on October 25, 1973) is an American television and film actor. ... Eric Christian Olsen (born May 31, 1977) is an American actor. ... Marley Eve Shelton (born April 12, 1974) is an American film and television actress. ... Lauren Lee Smith in the 2005 movie Lie with Me Lauren Lee Smith (born June 19, 1980 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) is an actress now living in the United States. ... Harold Ramis (born November 21, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor, director, and writer. ... Blythe Katherine Danner (born February 3, 1943) is a prolific two time Emmy-winning American actress who has appeared in numerous stage, screen, and film roles. ... This article is about the English actor. ...

Plot

Michael and his live-in girlfriend Jenna appear to be enjoying the perfect relationship: Jenna is pregnant prior to the opening of the film and her parents are pressuring the pair to get married. Michael, however, claims work pressures and Jenna's dissertation rendered it an inopportune time for marriage. The real reason, unbeknownst to anyone, is that he feels trapped and bored. Although he considers Jenna an ideal companion, Michael is harboring second thoughts.


Upon a chance encounter at a wedding, Michael meets Kim, whom he confides in about his relationship. Kim guesses he is about to breakup with Jenna and becomes flirtatious. While Michael becomes intrigued by Kim's youthfulness, openness, and spirit, he does not succumb to temptation. The two part ways with Kim telling Michael where she attends school and where she usually hangs out.


Michael eventually seeks her out but tells Kim he was in the area only because of a client meeting. Kim senses his interest and, while Michael drives her home, invites him to a party. Michael accepts. Back in the office, Michael constructs an excuse to be away from Jenna on the night of the party. He asks Chris, his friend and co-worker, to cover for him in case Jenna calls. Chris suspects Michael has met another woman and wishes to avoid becoming involved, as Chris himself has just left his wife; he knows first hand how painful a breakup can be. Michael denies the existence of another woman and merely says he will 'be with an old college friend.'


After the party with Kim—which Michael says makes him 'feel ten years younger'—the two kiss several times, preceding Kim inviting Michael to her dorm for the night. Guilt over cheating on Jenna prevails over temptation, however, and he refuses. Unfortunately for Michael, Izzy's father (Izzy is a mutual friend to Michael and Jenna) dies that night. Several friends and acquaintances, including Jenna and Chris, go to Izzy's home with their condolences. There, Jenna realizes Michael had not been, as he claimed, with Chris. Jenna confronts Chris but Chris refuses to answer her questions, which only fuels Jenna's suspicions that Michael has indeed gone astray.


When Michael arrives home that night, Jenna becomes confrontational; Michael at first denies he was out with Kim, but eventually admits he had seen another woman. Although he points out he didn't sleep with her and that the outing meant nothing, Jenna packs up and leaves their apartment to be with her parents.


Alone, depressed, and desperate, Michael receives a call from Kim. Kim apologizes for being demanding earlier and asks him to come over for conversation only. Michael agrees. Upon arrival, the pair immediately engage in sexual intercourse. The next morning, Michael tries sneaking away without waking Kim but accidentally leaves his keys behind. Upon his return, Kim demands to know as to why he hadn't said goodbye. Michael tells her simply that he did not want to wake her, as he had to be at work early.


At work, Michael plans on leaving early to seek out Jenna. On his way out, Kim visits his office unannounced, wanting to give him a mix CD. Michael confides he still loves Jenna who was, in fact, pregnant with his baby. He apologizes to Kim for not telling her about Jenna's pregnancy and leaves her in search of Jenna.


Michael pulls up to Jenna's parents' home, and Jenna's father gives a stern lecture about commitment and adulthood and offers advice on winning Jenna’s forgiveness. The father urges Michael to be completely honest and never stop trying. Equipped with his wisdom, Michael goes into Jenna's room. On the verge of reconciliation, Jenna asks if he had sex with Kim during the party. Michael says no. Then, remembering her father's advice, he confesses he went back later that night. Even though Michael claims he was only being honest, Jenna becomes inconsolable and storms out of the house and back to their apartment.


Michael follows her back and finds himself locked out. He stakes out on the front porch until Jenna agrees to talk. Both day and night, wet and dry, Michael remains at the front door with many neighbors taking notice and some even providing beverages to him. Jenna's father even proceeds to drive by in his car and notices Michael, who sees him. A proud smile develops on his face as he drives off, indicating that Michael has taken his advice seriously. Slowly but surely, she begins to relent, first tossing out a blanket during a cold evening, then dropping off a sandwich the next day. During one evening, Jenna breaks her silence and speaks to Michael through the closed door. She laments about mourning the loss of the relationship like the loss of someone's life. It is unclear how many days it took, but she eventually opens the door and Michael goes inside.


Reception

After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, critical reaction to The Last Kiss was mixed. On Rottentomatoes, 44% of the "Best of the best" critics gave the film a favorable review although it received "Two Thumbs Up" on the Ebert & Roeper program (with guest critic actress Aisha Tyler sitting in for Roger Ebert). Poster for the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival Box office at the Manulife Centre The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), held in Toronto, Canada, is widely considered to be one of the top film festivals in the world. ... Rotten Tomatoes () is a website devoted to reviews and news of movies and video games. ... Ebert & Roeper at the Movies (more commonly known as Ebert & Roeper) is a movie review television program featuring film critic Roger Ebert and columnist Richard Roeper, both of the Chicago Sun-Times. ... Aisha Tyler (born September 18, 1970 in San Francisco, California) is an American actress, stand-up comedian and occasional writer. ... Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ...


Some[attribution needed] lauded the film for its painfully realistic portrayal of relationships for the late 20-something crowd and for its improvement upon the original Italian film. Others[attribution needed] praised the film for its humor, dialogue and strong cast and acting.


Yet, many critics felt the film's characters were shallow, stereotypical and unlikeable.[citation needed] Some[attribution needed] complained the film paled in comparison to Zach Braff's previous film Garden State. Still others[attribution needed] believed infidelity and graphic sex were unsuitable for the romantic comedy genre. Garden State is a 2004 film written by, directed by, and starring Zach Braff, with Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard and co-starring Sir Ian Holm. ...


Box Office

As of 01 February 2007 the film has grossed US$11,614,790 domestically and $3,444,436 in foreign markets. [1] February 1 is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Indian Ocean Territory,[1] the British Virgin Islands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 2. ...


DVD

According to IMDB, The Last Kiss has earned $15.4 million in DVD gross rental revenue as of January 28, 2007. [1] January 28 is the 28th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


Trivia

  • It was rumored that Rachel Bilson called for a body double during the sex scenes because she was uncomfortable being nude in front of the camera [2]. She does appear topless in the final film, but the flesh-colored bra used to cover her breasts is plainly visible on screen.
  • Rachel McAdams was originally cast as "Jenna", the original filming dates were changed to a later date, therefore McAdams dropped out just a few days shy before filming was scheduled to begin. Since this was a last minute decision of McAdams, Jacinda Barrett landed the role.
  • Michael's staying on the front door for several days is reminiscent of the East German film Die Legende von Paul und Paula (The Legend of Paul and Paula), where Paul is also camping in front of Paula's apartment in order to win her back.

Rachel McAdams (born October 7, 1978) is a Canadian actress. ... Jacinda Barrett (born August 2, 1972) is an Australian model turned actress. ... Die Legende von Paul und Paula (The Legend of Paul and Paula) is a 1973 tragicomic East German film directed by Heiner Carow. ...

References

  1. ^ Box Office Mojo - The Last Kiss (2006). Retrieved 01 February 2007.
  2. ^ TeenHollywood.com - "O.C. Star Bilson's Horror At Nude Scenes", published 3 September 2006 by the World Entertainment News Network. Retrieved 10 November 2006

February 1 is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 246th day of the year (247th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 314th day of the year (315th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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