One Last Thing...

"OK"

One Last Thing... Review


One Last Thing... was another one of those experimental films -- experimental from a business standpoint, not from an artistic one -- in which the film would be released in theaters and on DVD on the same day.

I have no idea what theaters played the film -- certainly none in my town -- but you shouldn't have much trouble finding the DVD, a medium to which this movie thoroughly belongs.

How's that? Just ask Campbell Scott what Dying Young did for his career. Despite starring alongside Julia Roberts, the movie was a disaster that sadly propelled Scott off the A-list. Why? Because it was a movie about a dude about to die. We know from the title how he's going to end up, a key distinction from other weepfests like Terms of Endearment. You just can't tell an audience: Hey, here's a character that we want you to love for 105 minutes, and you better love him quick, because at the end of that we're gonna kill him off.

One Last Thing... has the audacity to give us not only a terminally ill lead (a capable Michael Angarano), but also makes him a teenager (dying children? oh boy...) and casts One Last Thing... as a comedy. Dylan's not just dying, it turns out: He's also horny. Rather than make his last "Make-a-Wish"-like request to spend a weekend fishing with a football star, he mixes it up and wishes to spend the weekend with bratty blonde model Nikki Sinclair (Sunny Mabrey). Never mind the statutory rape, the whole premise is stillborn from the start.

Dylan has clearly made peace with his brain tumor, but he comes across as needlessly pessimistic and almost antagonistic, willfully smoking marijuana while mom (Cynthia Nixon) drives him home. Mabrey's Nikki is in even worse shape, a train wreck that we not only want Dylan to see through, we want her to get out of the movie completely. Surprisingly the most tender part of the film is the budding romance between mom and the football player whom Dylan suddenly jilts, and who turns out to be a major benefactor of his new quest for love.

Director Alex Steyermark is a complete unknown here: His last credit was as executive music producer for 2003's Pieces of April. Virtually all of his background has been in doing movie music with the exception of directing the disastrous Prey for Rock & Roll. That isn't necessarily bad, and in fact the One Last Thing... soundtrack is pretty killer.

But a couple of laughs (namely via Dylan's tagalong pals) and some sweet tunes do not a movie make. One Last Thing... is full of great intentions, but it simply never gels into anything you'd actually wish for.

And one more thing: Your mom is hot.



One Last Thing...

Facts and Figures

Run time: 96 mins

In Theaters: Friday 5th May 2006

Distributed by: Magnolia Pictures

Production compaines: 2929 Productions

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 11%
Fresh: 1 Rotten: 8

IMDB: 6.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Alex Steyermark

Producer: , Susan A. Stover,

Starring: as Dylan Jameison, as Karen Jameison, as Nikki Sinclaire, as Ricky, as Slap, as Arlene, as Emmett Ducasse (as Nelust Wyclef Jean), as Madelene, as Jason O'Malley, as Himself, Lucas Caleb Rooney as State Trooper, as Patti (as Dana Erika Eskelson), George Seminara as Mr. Helmbreck, Amanda Goodman as Amy, as Dr. Emerson

Also starring: ,

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Julieta Movie Review

Julieta Movie Review

Iconic Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar is back with another powerfully complex female-centred drama, along the...

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Movie Review

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Movie Review

An astute satire of the pop music business, this raucous mock-documentary is consistently hilarious from...

War Dogs Movie Review

War Dogs Movie Review

Based on a rather astounding true story, this comedy-drama centres on two stoners who landed...

Swallows and Amazons Movie Review

Swallows and Amazons Movie Review

After a number of films, TV series and stage adaptations, Arthur Ransome's beloved 1930 novel...

David Brent: Life on the Road Movie Review

David Brent: Life on the Road Movie Review

The original BBC sitcom The Office ran for 14 episodes from 2001 to 2003, and...

The Childhood of a Leader Movie Review

The Childhood of a Leader Movie Review

Bold and intelligent, this dark drama is a challenging portrait of the making of an...

Pete's Dragon Movie Review

Pete's Dragon Movie Review

This hugely enjoyable adventure is a loose remake of the 1977 Disney hit that blended...

Advertisement
The Shallows Movie Review

The Shallows Movie Review

With a simple premise and plenty of visual style, Spanish filmmaker Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) takes...

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Movie Review

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Movie Review

Watching this gross-out comedy, it's clear that the gifted cast and crew had a great...

Nerve Movie Review

Nerve Movie Review

With a premise that feels almost eerily current, this stylish thriller revolves around a phone...

The Carer Movie Review

The Carer Movie Review

Brian Cox gets the role of a lifetime in this warm comedy about living life...

Born to Be Blue Movie Review

Born to Be Blue Movie Review

Writer-director Robert Budreau takes a stylised approach to this biopic of the legendary jazz artist...

Jason Bourne Movie Review

Jason Bourne Movie Review

It's been nine years since Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass collaborated on The Bourne Ultimatum,...

The Commune [Kollektivet] Movie Review

The Commune [Kollektivet] Movie Review

Veteran Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg (Festen, The Hunt) returns to a smaller homegrown story after...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.