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Don't diss 'The Last Kiss'
Posted Sept. 20, 2006

“The Last Kiss” was a predictable story about lust and love, but the solid cast and script made it a must-see movie for fall.

The movie gave a visual feeling like you were actually a part of the story because of the exceptional writing by Paul Haggis, also the writer of “Crash,” and the excellent direction of actor-turned-director Tony Goldywn.

The movie was surprisingly better than a majority of people predicted.

It was also shockingly funny, despite the fact that it was categorized as a dramatic romance.

 “The Last Kiss” is about four best friends who arefreaked out at the thought of turning 30-years old.  They struggle to maintain their relationships with their female partners, while traveling down the road of adulthood.

 “The Last Kiss” stars Zach Braff, Jacinda Barrett, Rachel Bilson, Tom Wilkinson and Blythe Danner.

In “The Last Kiss” Michael, played by Zach Braff, panics when he finds out his long-time girlfriend, Jenna, played by Barrett, is pregnant.  He is not ready to play the husband and father role.

He becomes confused about his relationship with his long-time girlfriend when attraction forms between him and an 18-year-old college student named Kim, played by Bilson.

Michael’s three loyal friends also face relationship problems as they go through their pre mid-life crises.

Izzy, played by Michael Weston, cannot stop stalking an old girlfriend; Chris, played by Casey Affleck, is not happy with his marriage; and Kenny, played by Eric Christian Olsen, cannot commit to one partner.

Jenna’s parents, played by Danner and Wilkinson, are also going through a crumbling marriage.

“The Last Kiss” is a remake of the 2001 Italian film “L’ultimo bacio,” meaning “the last kiss.”

Although the movie wasn’t a sell-out last Friday, many people came to it because they were fans of the talent that starred in the movie.

“I came to see the movie because Summer, from the “O.C.,” is in the movie and she is a good actress,” said Christina Garcia, an ITT Technical Institute broadcast teacher from Upland.

Other people saw the movie because the advertisements caught their attention.

“I liked the storyline in the previews,” said Lucinda Nuno a 26-year-old woman, from Upland.  “I expect this movie to be a five-star movie.”

“The Last Kiss” took the No. 4 spot on the top box office list Sunday.

The movie did not sell-out seats at the box office but it was definitely a movie that the young adult audience will have fun seeing.

Although the movie kept the audience watching because of the laughs, twists, and turns, many people were disappointed with the way the movie ended.

“I thought it was a great movie because it was like a comedy,” said Amber Johnson, an 18-year-old student from Fontana.  “It could’ve been a better ending.”

If you want to see a chick-flick, full of laughs, relationship drama and a cast of well-known talent, “The Last Kiss” is the film for you.

Telon Weathington can be reached at tweathington@ulv.edu.