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Last Chance Harvey
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Reviewed on 2008-12-25
Received[2]  out of 4 stars
GenreDrama / Romance
“Last Chance Harvey” stars Dustin Hoffman as Harvey Shine, who is traveling to London for his daughter’s wedding. While there he has a chance encounter with a flight steward Kate Walker (Emma Thompson). The two immediately do not hit it off, and actually do not have any interest in each other right away. Harvey checks into his hotel thinking that the wedding party and guests are staying there, only to find out his ex has booked them to stay at a vacation home. Harvey finds himself depressed and alone again.

The day of the wedding his romantic spirits are lifted when he reunites with his beautiful and single flight steward. After sparks begin to light he asks her to accompany him to his daughter’s wedding and even goes dress shopping for the event with her. They have a joyous evening with each other, but you see they both have barriers up between them. The wall is put in place either due to a life time of being single and disappointed or possibly not wanting to jump in and take a chance at love. Questions that remain however are what happens after the wedding? Where can this relationship possibly go when they are living in two separate countries?

Dustin Hoffman offered a very appealing performance. He gave you hope and at the same time made you feel miserable for him. It was a pleasant romantic flick, but there is not much more I can say about it. I was expecting a grand film, with fireworks and bells, but was disappointed to say the least. The film was slow moving and not very interesting at times. I felt there were a lot of stones left unturned and there could have been more dialogue between Kate and Harvey. There are better films to see this holiday weekend. I would wait for this one to be out on DVD soon.

Review By: Jolene Mendez


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