Movie Reviews

DVD Review: “The Last Kiss”

(DreamWorks Home Entertainment. 2006. 1 Disc. Color. Widescreen. Rated R. 103 minutes. Directed by Tony Goldwyn.) Zach Braff, Jacinda Barrett, Rachel Bilson, Casey Affleck, Michael Weston, Eric Christian Olsen, Marley Shelton, Harold Ramis, Blythe Danner, Tom Wilkinson. Music by Michael Penn.

Goldwyn, the actor and sometime-director who helmed the truly awful Someone Like You in 2001 with Ashley Judd and Hugh Jackman, redeems himself considerably here. Billing The Last Kiss as a romantic comedy (most entries in that genre are neither romantic nor comic) doesn’t do it justice, as it’s a lot smarter, more dramatic, and more thoughtful. I haven’t watched Scrubs so I’m not overexposed to Braff, which probably helps. He and his buddies (Affleck, Weston, and Olsen) are all charming as they navigate their way through ever-more-complicated adult relationships and responsibilities. Braff finds out his live-in girlfriend (Barrett) is pregnant; as he sees his freedom slipping away, he’s distracted by a comely college student (Bilson). Danner and Wilkinson play Barrett’s parents, who are having their own problems while digesting the reality of impending grandparenthood. Madison, Wisconsin location is a nice change from NY, LA, or even Seattle. Extras include deleted scenes, a gag reel, music video, and more.