Excerpt: I have been anticipating The Last Song for some time now. Our friends over at Disney were kind enough to send us a reviewable Blu-ray + DVD 2 disc combo pack. I had seen previews and that was all I knew about this movie. The Last Song is a coming of age movie about a daughter who spends the summer with her father. Her parents are divorced and she is not exactly up on the idea of spending time with her dad.
Excerpt: Until a few years ago, I really had no idea who Miley Cyrus was. The whole “Hanna Montana” thing is way beyond my time and though I don’t claim to have the pulse of the younger generation, I really don’t see the appeal in Miss Cyrus. I was more familiar with her father, Billy Ray, whose one-hit wonder “Achy Breaky Heart” evidently paved the way for his stardom and, hence, his daughter’s. Now let’s take a step back from all things Cyrus and focus on Mr. Nicholas Sparks.
Excerpt: We're stocked up on Hemsworth family hype, no? Between Liam Hemsworth's casting as Gale Hawthorne in The Hunger Games and brother Chris Hemsworth's premiere this week as Angry Barry Gibb in the Bee Gees documentary Thor , I'd say all bases are covered. Since Chris's filmography is largely devoid of guilty pleasures (aside from, perhaps, A Perfect Getaway ), Bad Movies We Love is proud to gurgle up bile all over Liam's sappiest film to date, The Last Song .
Excerpt: "I did not come here for some stupid summer romance," Miley Cyrus croaks at the midway point of The Last Song , "with some stupid local boy who's done this a thousand times before." Sister, I've got at least three kinds of bad news for you. In the second Nicholas Sparks adaptation in as many months ( Dear John has the sole distinction of knocking Avatar from its first-place perch), another young lady finds herself on Georgia's powdery beaches for the summer, balancing a...
Excerpt: Miley Cyrus is displaced from New York to spend the summer by the sea in Georgia with estranged father Greg Kinnear. While younger brother Bobby Coleman thinks the set-up is just keen (especially former composer dad’s work restoring the stain glass windows of a burned church), Cyrus stomps around in full Resentful Teenage Girl mode, until two things make her begin to open up: the need to protect a nest of sea turtles, and the attentions of the impossibly hunky Liam...
Excerpt: It’s 10-minutes in before The Last Song loses all credibility, as if it had much prior to attempting to push Miley Cyrus into the spotlight. It’s the inevitable “meet cute,” the famed Roger Ebert coined term that pretty much destroys any real sense of romance. Usually, it’s when two people drop something, they hit heads, laugh awkwardly, and feel a connection. Here, it’s close to that.
Excerpt: The Film Miley Cyrus is all grown up and making a romance. Of course, it's a predictably cliché romance. However, that's not entirely Miley's fault. The Last Song is based on a Nicholas Sparks novel. He's the same guy that brought us the magic of The Notebook , Dear John , and A Walk to Remember . Sparks' romance well has to be a bit dry. This one was specifically written to be a movie, and it shows.
Excerpt: The summer after senior year of high school is an emotional storm for a lot of teenagers, but for Ronnie Miller it’s a full scale hurricane. Against her will she’s sent with her younger brother (Bobby Coleman) to spend the summer with their father (Greg Kinnear) at his beach house in a small, gossipy Southern town.
Excerpt: Huffing through the early scenes of The Last Song with black leather boots and a frozen pout, Miley Cyrus plays author Nicholas Sparks’ idea of a rebel, which is to say Ned Flanders’ idea of a rebel. Her nose is pierced (modestly), she shoplifted (once), she’s a vegetarian, she listens to music unlikely to be covered on American Idol , and she hasn’t followed through on an unsolicited admittance offer from Juilliard.
Excerpt: "The Last Song" was specifically created as a vehicle for its female lead to make the shift to more adult dramatic roles, but regrettably it won't help her career as much as she may have hoped. The movie is everything you'd expect â€“ a cheesy, schmaltzy tear-jerker. While the young stars do their best to provide some sense of authenticity to their roles, the overwrought, overloaded and implausible plot make it very hard work for cast and viewer alike.