The Last Word

Synopsis: Harriet (Shirley MacLaine) is a successful, retired businesswoman who wants to control everything around her until the bitter end. To make sure her life story is told her way, she pays off her local newspaper to have her obituary written in advance under her watchful eye. But Anne (Amanda Seyfried), the young journalist assigned to the task, refuses to follow the script and instead insists on finding out the true facts about Harriett's life, resulting in a life-altering friendship.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Mark Pellington
Production: Bleecker Street Media
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min

for your losses.

No, these were awful people.

Well, I'm...

I'm not sorry then.

But you made them sound as

though they were magnificent.

You made their lives

sound full of achievement.

That's what you'll

be doing for me.

You want me

to write your obituary?

That's what I want.

Okay. Well, lam

the obituary writer,

so when the time comes,

I will be writing your obituary.

I want you to write it now.


Is Ron coming back?

That's the wrong question.

The right question is, "Why?"


Good question.


Ms. Sherman,

I'm a reasonable woman.

I have never been

surprised about anything.

And I've never found myself

in a situation

that I couldn't handle.

So, as a reasonable woman,

the thought of leaving

my obituary to chance

is completely

unreasonable to me.

But that is what everybody does.

That is what people have been

doing for hundreds of years.

If I had motivated myself

by what other people

thought and did,

I would not have achieved

what I've achieved.

And I've achieved a great deal.

How my achievements

are memorialized by you

is of great interest to me.


Here's the names

of a few hundred people.

I've taken the trouble

to alphabetize them.

Also, restaurants are listed

that they might like to go to

while they discuss me with you.


What about family?

I have a daughter, and I haven't

spoken to her in many years.


There's an ex-husband.

He's a jackass.

Right, all right. What's... What's

the timeline that we're looking at?




I want it by Monday.

I have plans.

You're excused. Go.

That's what I want.

Hey. She puts the

"bitch" in obituary.

I understand.

I don't think you do, Ron.

You got to do it.

What? Why?

Because at one time,

this woman was a real

friend of the paper.

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