Last Chance Harvey (2008)
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|In london for his daughter's wedding, a rumpled man finds his romantic sights lifted by a new woman in his life.|
"...[a] surprisingly hopeful film, with beautifully attenuated performances by Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson. Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"Last Chance Harvey is the Before Sunrise for the over-45 set. Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Provides the rare pleasure of a blossoming romance between two people older than Kate Hudson or Ryan Reynolds. Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Richly funny and touching, it's too good to resist! Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Editor's NoteSet in London, this romantic comedy stars Dustin Hoffman as Harvey Shine, a divorced and haggard jingle-writer quickly aging out of his career and workaholic ways. With a warning from his boss (Richard Schiff) to not bother rushing back, Harvey goes to London, begrudgingly, for his daughter's wedding, fielding that work calls the whole time he's there. When Harvey greets his estranged daughter, Susie (Liane Balaban), it becomes clear just how far away he's grown from his family. The film never spells out in exactly what ways Harvey was a bad father, but it is clear he missed the boat when Susie asks her stepfather (James Brolin) to give her away. As Harvey leaves his heartbreak at the ceremony for an emergency work call, he misses his flight and gets fired. While nursing a whiskey at the airport bar, Harvey bumps into Kate (Emma Thompson), an airport employee escaping her own bad day with a glass of wine and a book. Suddenly taken by Kate's British charm, a tipsy Harvey bombards her with tales of his trouble. This unlikely trading of sob stories leads to lunch, a walk around London, and a day of unexpected romance. Thompson is charming as Kate, a lonely middle-age woman struggling to deal with her mother's constant prying into her life. Despite not having had the best of luck in romance, Kate is an optimist at heart, and it's this spark for life that attracts Harvey and ultimately helps repair his image in his daughter's eyes. Never showy or too ambitious, Joel Hopkins's slow-paced romance twists old clichés to suit a more adult audience. While not groundbreaking in its plot, LAST CHANCE HARVEY is saved by great performances from the always-solid Hoffman and the incredibly charming Thompson, who makes an otherwise familiar story feel fresh.
Last Chance Harvey - DVD Review
By: Chris Barsanti filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 4/24/2009 5:36 PM
|A film so mild-mannered it only occasionally registers a pulse, Joel Hopkins' Last Chance Harvey is best viewed as proof that not all filmed entertainment these days is nihilistic and grim. Occasionally there are still movies made about gentle, middle-aged people who have had a (mildly) hard time of things but still manage to find love in the gloaming of their years. The problem here being that mildness of heart does not translate into quality of art, or even entertainment. The Hallmark-ready story begins with Harvey Shine (Dustin Hoffman), a borderline jerk of a guy who appears to have shut down on life by the time we find him....read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Nicola Usborne - Producer|
|John de Borman - Director of Photography|
|Jawal Nga - Executive Producer|
|Robin Sales - Editor|
|Joel Hopkins - Screenwriter|
|Tim Perell - Producer|
|Dickon Hinchliffe - Composer|
|Joel Hopkins - Director|
Golden Globe (2009)
|Dustin Hoffman, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical|
|Emma Thompson, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical|
Customer Reviews of Last Chance Harvey
Soft but likable movie7/23/2009
Many people have said that this movie was too soft. A divorced American composer Harvey Shine (played by Hoffman) arrives in London for his daughter’s wedding to discover her stepfather is giving her away. He meets Kate Walker (played by Emma Thompson) and they talk a lot. I for one enjoyed this movie, primarily because of the performances. Dustin Hoffman should get a role that he can chew up and spit out, like the ones that made him a star (I recently saw Midnight Cowboy and the Graduate). Joel Hopkins wrote and directed with an understanding of the style and pacing of a movie of this kind.
WHAT A GREAT MOVIE!5/15/2009
Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson made an average story into one of most enjoyable movies I have seen in years. They portray thier roles as if it was them that the story was about. No need for special effects here, the actors were all that was needed.