January 10, 2009
Review - " Last Chance Harvey " (in Theaters) - By Roland Hansen
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When he gets to London his worst fears are realized. He is put in a hotel while the other members of the bridal party are
ensconced at his wife’s home. Then to add insult to injury, his daughter (Liane Balaban) tells him she is going to have her
stepfather give her away.
While all this is going on, Kate Walker (Thompson) is having some problems of her own. Her mother (Eileen Atkins) is sure
the neighbor next door is some kind of mass murderer. She thinks he is stowing the bodies in a shed he has in back of his
house. Kate can do nothing to assuage her fears and her mother calls her on her cell phone constantly. She calls even
when Kate is out on a date, but this isn’t as much of a problem as it sounds as the blind date is just not into her and shows
Eventually Harvey and Kate’s paths cross and in situations that are not too forced begin to speak and enjoy each other’s
company. Harvey plays it slow and earnest for he knows this might be his last chance at a fulfilling relationship. Kate
doesn't know if Harvey is worth the risk of opening up
her heart. He seems nice but he is older and he is
The film is elevated by the talent of its stars. A
middle-aged romance is given depth and charm by
the mature talents of Thompson and Hoffman.
Hoffman and Thompson’s styles of acting compliment
the other’s completely. You like seeing them together
and in a movie like this that affection for the characters
If you want to see a movie that is relaxing, entertaining,
and enjoyable; then drop in to see “Last Chance
Harvey.” It isn't the greatest movie ever made but it is
often charming, sweet and sentimental.
“Last Chance Harvey” (Overture Films)
Directed By : Joel hopkins
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, kathy Baker, Richard Schiff, James
Academy Award winners Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson reunite in Last
Chance Harvey, a hopeful romance that celebrates new beginnings—at any age.
Hoffman and Thompson exert their effortless talent in a sweet love story titled
“Last Chance Harvey”. The two stars are naturally talented and their gifts are
tailor made for a story such as this. The audience can relax as two real pros
bring the sentimental movie to life.
Harvey Shine (Hoffman) is a man with many problems. His career as a writer of
songs and scores for commercials is not going too good. He is making a decent
living but the hits are just not coming as often as before and he has to pitch and
pull to get his music heard.
On the personal side he is divorced and not currently attached to anyone. His
daughter is getting married in London and he has to fly there to see the wedding.
He knows that his ex-wife (Kathy Baker) and her second husband (James Brolin)
will have everything under control and there will not be room for him in much of