Last Chance Harvey [Blu-ray]
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Hoffman/Thompson ~ Last Chance Harvey
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This is clearly not a film for people who expect a great deal of action, and the humor is subtle. Instead, "Last Chance Harvey" is a movie for those who enjoy watching characters slowly unfold and come to life.
Well, imagine that scenario for the fiftysomething set. "Last Chance Harvey" is one of those thoroughly mediocre little movies that only manages to make itself memorable because it happens to star great actors. Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson manage to turn this middle-of-the-road romantic comedy into something worth watching on a lazy summer afternoon, as long as you don't expect much plot.
The titular character (Hoffman, natch) is a down-on-his-luck musician/jingle-writer who visits England for his daughter's wedding, but fate seems determined to make him miserable -- women ignore him, his daughter has dropped him in favor of her stepfather, and he's humiliated at the rehearsal dinner. The only person who hasn't caused poor Harvey to drop further is pretty Kate Walker (Thompson), an interviewer whom Harvey brushes off at the airport.
Unsurprisingly, when they actually spend some time together, Kate and Harvey begin to click and Harvey starts openly pursuing this new woman who actually treats him like a human being. His self-confidence and charm begin to grow as Kate begins to reciprocate his feelings -- but when they hit a sudden snag in their first date, Harvey may have lost his last chance.
"Last Chance Harvey" is one of those plots that has been around for eons, especially in movies: lonely single people reluctantly find love with each other, despite a few "Love Affair" obstacles and misunderstandings, and turn their miserable pathetic lives around. It's neither a really good movie nor a bad one -- just sort of average, especially since the climactic obstacle turns out to be a really contrived, rather overwrought misunderstanding. Bleah.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This is a lovely bittersweet love story which lives in a wonderful reality. Two people with some baggage meet up & begin quite a realistic relationship...sensitive & so very real. Read morePublished on May 13 2013 by Eddie Nguyen
A pleasure to watch two gifted performers work together. This is a simple story about two lonely people who were afraid that life had passed them by.Published on Jan. 18 2010 by RAS