former famous film star is invited to
be honoured at the International
Nashville Film Festival, following in
the footsteps of other successful actors,
and discovers to his horror that he
has been hoodwinked before finding
a special meaning to his life in the
heart-warming and laid-back The Last
AGEING, HARD DRINKING FORMER MOVIE STAR Vic Edwards (wonderful Hollywood legend
Burt Reynolds: Smokey And The Bandit; Boogie Nights) spends his days
recalling his long-gone years as a Hollywood heartthrob in the 70s and reminiscing
with his friend Sonny (Chevy Chase: National Lampoon's Vacation; Caddy Shack).
Both still have an eye for the girls!
Living alone, Vic is consumed with grief as he has had to say a last goodbye
to his elderly dog Squanto (named after a film he starred in), who was beginning
to suffer. Vic is none too sprightly, either, using a walking stick and feeling
he cannot be bothered with life.
of discovery for two
who need each other
to make them
re-evaluate what they
believe in and to see
who they really are.
Cute and sassy,
just like Lil...
of the blue comes an invitation to be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award
at the International Nashville Film Festival and at first Vic doesn't want to
face the journey. However, convinced by previous honours being given to Clint
Eastwood and Robert De Niro and encouraged by Sonny, he decides to go; but it
soon becomes obvious that it is not the recognised award that he thought.
Expecting to be wined and dined, collected by limousine and wafted away to stay
at the top hotel he always used to stay at when in Nashville, before being taken
to a swanky location for the award ceremony, he is in for a massive culture
His reluctant driver, young Lil McDougal (the marvellous Ariel Winter: Modern
Family) is not at all what he envisaged. Tatooed and pierced, wearing short-shorts
and a denim jacket with a bare midriff, Goth Lil is hardly a driving professional,
to say the least; and has been commandeered by her brother Doug (Clark Duke:
Hot Tub Time Machine), who organises the Festival with Shane McAvoy (Ellar
Coltrane: Boyhood), to take Vic wherever he wants to go.
Hopelessly attached to sleazy and violent boyfriend Bjorn (Juston Street), Lil
patronises Vic and he is aghast at her lifestyle. But gradually the pair realise
that they have something to offer each other that will enhance both their lives.
We loved the part where Vic talks to his younger self, with clips from Burt
Reynolds' real movies.
Vic takes a trip down memory lane before embracing die-hard fans who are desperate
to meet their hero, while Lil is faced with the hard truth about her life with
Bjorn. Both Burt Reynolds and Ariel Winter are superb, with a talented supporting
cast that never takes itself too seriously.
The Last Movie Star is multi-layered. A fantastic, tongue-in-cheek journey
of discovery for two people generations apart who need each other to make them
re-evaluate what they believe in and to see who they really are. Cute and sassy,
just like Lil.
The Last Movie Star also features: Nikki Blonsky (a great character)
as Faith Cole; Al Jaleel Knox as Stuart Muckler; Rose Bianco as Vic's Mother;
Molly Whitener as Vic Edwards Fan; Macy Whitener as Ticket Agent; Cylk Cozart
as the wonderful Hotel Manager; and the lovely Kathleen Nolan as Vic's First
Wife Claudia Schulman.
Music is by Austin Wintory; Original Songs Written and Performed by John Martin
and Jamie Floyd; To Get There, Written by Diane Warren and Performed
by Willie Nelson; Lil's Art Provided by Clive Barker; Director of Photography
is Scott Winig; Produced by Neil Mandt, pga, Gordon Whitener, pga, Adam Rifkin,
pga, and Brian Cavallaro; Written and Directed by Adam Rifkin (Porn Star:
The Legend of Ron Jeremy).
Reynolds is The Last Movie Star, which arrives exclusively On-Demand
and Download on 20 August 2018. Certificate: 15 | Running Time: 100 Minutes
Approximately | Catalogue Number: 2NDBR4084.
"The Last Movie Star… A fantastic, tongue-in-cheek journey of discovery
for two people generations apart who need each other to make them re-evaluate
what they believe in and to see who they really are. Cute and sassy, just like
Maggie Woods, MotorBar
"A gently heartbreaking reflection on bad decisions, lost love and late life
revelations" Film Journal International
"Strong performances… A sweet, solid film" Film Threat