The Last Supper (1996)

Genres - Comedy, Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Black Comedy, Crime Comedy, Satire  |   Release Date - Apr 5, 1996 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 94 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Jason Buchanan

A lightweight but entertaining attack on the overzealous political correctness of the early '90s, the ambition of Stacy Title's sophomore effort often outweighs its effectiveness, though the end result remains a fairly satisfying black comedy. The concept of a group of liberals who become so obsessed with their political agenda that they can blindly justify the murder of those in disagreement is indeed a ripe target, and for the most part Title's marksmanship is sharp; it's only in terms of over-familiarity that the film begins to falter. Though the performances on both sides of the political fence are ample and the dialogue is smart and witty, one can't help but feel that the second half of the film is simply more of the same (save for an amusing scene in which one of the guests is disposed of with laughable efficiency). This considered, a secondary plot in which a snooping sheriff (Nora Dunn) begins to suspect foul play upon spotting the lush foliage in the murderous liberals' backyard provides ample distraction and an endearingly tenacious turn by Dunn. While the ideas and concepts that drive the murder spree are indeed intriguing, the caricatured nature of both political slants represented in the film help it to remain in neutral territory in order to appeal to the largest crowd possible. Taking a turn as an ultra-conservative talk show host (shades of Rush Limbaugh) who attends to the climactic titular meal, Ron Perlman truly stands out and provides a darkly humorous coda that, while fairly easy to predict, nevertheless satisfies in terms of bringing the story full circle.