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The Last Song (2010)

aka The Last Song

"A story about family, first love, second chances and the moment in life that lead you back home."

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Details: 107 mins · English · PG (USA)

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This is a teen/love movie... but with a twist, and this makes it worth it. A long way it's "just" an ordinary teen-movie (Not that there's anything wrong with that, I've seen a LOT of them with great joy) but the twist in this makes is a bit better, and shows us a bit more of the talent of the brilliant Greg Kinnear. The Young actors are OK, but Kinnear pulls the weight of this movie - and does it great.

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(Review written in 2010)

Next time someone asks me to go see a Nicholas Sparks movie I’m just going to throw up at their feet. I’m tired of his formula. “A Walk To Remember” will always be one of my favorite films, but the book sucked, in my humble opinion. Everyone around here loves him because he writes about our area, but his writing style is terrible and he shouldn’t be famous for writing the same thing over and over again.

Anyway, whatever. The movie. I’m not a Miley fan. She’s not a very good actress – histrionic, whiny, even when her character wasn’t supposed to be. The guy who plays her Dad? I love him, but for some reason I always picture him as an alcoholic. The little boy was great. And everyone else I could have completely done without.

This is the most predictable of his movies that I’ve seen yet. I figured everything out way before it happened. Disgusting.

The water was lovely, but what the Hell was wrong with Screen Gems? Wilmington has the biggest film stud...(more)

(Review written in 2010)

Next time someone asks me to go see a Nicholas Sparks movie I’m just going to throw up at their feet. I’m tired of his formula. “A Walk To Remember” will always be one of my favorite films, but the book sucked, in my humble opinion. Everyone around here loves him because he writes about our area, but his writing style is terrible and he shouldn’t be famous for writing the same thing over and over again.

Anyway, whatever. The movie. I’m not a Miley fan. She’s not a very good actress – histrionic, whiny, even when her character wasn’t supposed to be. The guy who plays her Dad? I love him, but for some reason I always picture him as an alcoholic. The little boy was great. And everyone else I could have completely done without.

This is the most predictable of his movies that I’ve seen yet. I figured everything out way before it happened. Disgusting.

The water was lovely, but what the Hell was wrong with Screen Gems? Wilmington has the biggest film studio in the area, and the movie takes place somewhere around here, and they shot it in Georgia?

So many problems with this. The only redeeming quality I can think of was the soundtrack – which I actually really liked. Kudos. (less)

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Fairly decent movie, but the book is SO much better. I thought the instructor had done an okay job - he'd cut some things I wouldn't have, and left some things in I would have cut, but on the whole managed to capture the right atmosphere - just not at the right level. Also, I didn't think Will was well cast at all. Ronnie and Jonah were SPOT ON and brilliant actors, and Steve came pretty close too (and of course it always helps that he was played by Greg Kinnear, whom I have quite the soft spot for). All in all, a movie I'm glad I've seen, but which wouldn't have lost anything by waiting until it came out on DVD.

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Cast:

Small Veronica 'Ronnie' Miller
Small Steve Miller
Small Jonah Miller
Small Will Blakelee
No_movie_poster Scott
Small Kim Miller
Small Marcus
Small Blaze
Small Susan Blakelee
Small Ashley
Small Tom Blakelee
No_movie_poster Teddy
Small Pastor Harris
Small Doctor
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Crew:

Small Nicholas Sparks Screenplay
No_movie_poster Julie Anne Robinson Director
No_movie_poster Jeff Van Wie Screenplay
Small Adam Shankman Production
No_movie_poster Jennifer Gibgot Production
Small Nicholas Sparks Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Nancy Richardson Editing

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"A story about family, first love, second chances and the moment in life that lead you back home."

Plot:

At seventeen, Veronica "Ronnie" Miller (Miley Cyrus) remains as rebellious as she was the day her parents divorced and her father moved to North Carolina three years prior. Once a classical piano child prodigy under the tutelage of her father, Steve Miller (Greg Kinnear), Ronnie now ignores the instrument and has not spoken with her father since he left. While Juilliard School has been interested in her since she was young, Ronnie refuses to attend.


Now, Steve has the chance to reconnect with his estranged daughter when her mother, Kim Miller (Kelly Preston) sends the rebellious teen and her younger brother, Jonah (Bobby Coleman), to spend the summer with him. Steve, a former Juilliard School professor and concert pianist, lives a quiet life in Wrightsville Beach, the small beach town in North Carolina where he grew up, working on a stained glass window for the local church to replace the one the church lost in a fire. According to the locals, it was Steve who had (accidentally) set fire to the church one night.


After arrival, Ronnie becomes miserable, defiant, and defensive toward all those around her, including handsome, popular Will Blakelee (Liam Hemsworth) whose introduction involved crashing into her during a volleyball match, and accidentally spilling Ronnie's strawberry shake on her. She shrugs him off and meets Blaze, an outcast who lives with her boyfriend Marcus. While at a beach campfire, Marcus hits on Ronnie and Blaze mistakes this for Ronnie flirting with him. Angered by this, Blaze later frames Ronnie for shoplifting, causing her arrest. Later on, Ronnie discovers a Loggerhead Sea Turtle nest at the beach by her house and while protecting it, she meets Will again on his volunteer work for the aquarium. After a night of staying up to defend the turtle eggs from predators with Will, she discovers he is deeper than she believed, and begins to develop feelings for him.


As Ronnie falls in love with Will, she also manages to form a better and stronger bond with her father. As their relationship deepens, Will invites her to his sister's wedding. When Ronnie goes to buy a dress for the wedding, she sees Blaze crying over Marcus kicking her out of his car. She approaches Blaze sitting on the road and gives her the money meant for the dress. Her brother ends up giving her money for a dress so she can look nice for Will. At the wedding, Marcus comes and causes a scene with Blaze and Will ends up hitting him after he harass Blaze and Ronnie. Later that day, the turtle eggs hatch and her father collapses. Ronnie immediately has Steve rushed to a hospital and learns that he has stomach cancer that has spread to his lungs. She decides to start spending more time with her father since he is unlikely to survive much longer. Around the same time, Ronnie and Will get into an argument after Will confesses that Scott, his best friend, had actually set fire to the church. She is outraged that he let everyone believe that her father was the culprit. With Will soon leaving for college, there is no time to patch things up.


Fall arrives and Jonah returns to New York for the school year, but Ronnie stays behind to take care of her father. Leading a slow life, she tries to make up for the time with her father that she's lost. She continues work on a composition he's been writing (titled "For Ronnie"), after he loses the steadiness of his hands due to his illness. He dies just as she finishes it.


At his funeral she stands to make a speech but declares that no words would ever be able to show how wonderful her father really was. Instead, she decides to share with them the song she helped finish. Before she sits down to play, sunlight shines through the stained glass window, making her smile, knowing that her father is with her.


Blaze and other townsfolk offer Ronnie sympathy and kind words after the funeral outside. Later on, while talking to the attendants, she runs into Will. He says that he liked the song she played and that he knows her dad did too and Ronnie thanks him for coming. Having decided to attend Juilliard, Ronnie is packing up to return to New York when she sees Will standing outside. She goes outside to see him and Will apologizes to her for everything that had happened and Ronnie forgives him. Will surprises Ronnie by revealing that he will be transferring to Columbia in order to be with her and they kiss.


The end credits show Ronnie driving away in her car and smiling to herself.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2010-03-31 : United States of America

DVD : 2010-08-17