The Last Kiss (2001)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Ensemble Film, Melodrama, Romantic Comedy  |   Release Date - Aug 2, 2002 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 115 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Todd Kristel

Shallow, shrill, intermittently entertaining and about a half hour too long, The Last Kiss is a middling film that is neither terrible nor particularly good. The characters and their problems are predictable, their portrayals tend to be too broad, and the film offers little insight into their lives beyond what's already obvious. Perhaps that's why the filmmakers overcompensated with heavy-handed theatrics; you don't have to wait long until someone shouts, bitches, slams a phone, bursts into an office, or otherwise indicates that they're upset. Fortunately, performances such as Giovanna Mezzogionco as Giulia and Stefania Sandrelli as Anna add some poignancy and emotional depth to the film, although Stefano Accorsi's portrayal as Carlo seems somewhat superficial (even beyond the superficiality of the character himself). Unfortunately, the movie doesn't have much to offer besides a few good performances and some quality steadicam work.