The Last SongDirector: Julie Ann Robinson
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All Movie GuideNicholas Sparks doesn't hold back when it comes to sentimental love stories that bring middle-aged women and their daughters to tears, and The Last Song is no different. Based on his novel of the same name, the film explores the emotionally complex world of a teenage girl transitioning to womanhood during a summer of discovery. The trailer paints the film like a sappy summer romance that ends in heartbreak in an attempt to appeal to the teenage fan base that grew up with Hannah Montana, but in actuality the film is about the relationship between a daughter, her father, and a piano. Though The Last Song hits all the necessary emotional highs and lows, it's the in-between moments that suffer as a result, and at times you question whether the film was the right vehicle for a young actress who's still very green. Disney darling Miley Cyrus sheds her teenybopper persona to star as Veronica "Ronnie" Miller, a defiant teenager sent to live with her estranged father for the summer in a small Southern beach town. Ronnie resents him for leaving the family when she was young, and out of spite gives up a potential spot at the Juilliard School of Music. One day she meets hunky Will (Liam Hemsworth), a beach-volleyball-playing Southerner with a privileged background. Ronnie resists his advances, but eventually gives in to his charms and begins a whirlwind romance that leads to the couple making plans to move to New York City. But when she discovers that her father has a terminal illness, Ronnie decides to reprioritize her life in an effort to resuscitate their relationship. Cyrus makes a good effort in her transition from preteen idol to serious actor in a hopeful attempt at making the young Hollywood list, and though she does a good job of invoking the kind of sentimentality necessary to translate the character from page to screen, her performance is at times inconsistent, and an attempt at an emotional connection with the audience falls flat -- which leads you to wonder if at this point in her acting career this role is just beyond her reach. There is, however, a definite connection between Ronnie and her father, Steve, played by Greg Kinnear, who has a knack for playing characters with heavy hearts who are more complex than they seem. Their relationship is solid and Kinnear's acting prowess helps anchor Cyrus. Director Julie Anne Robinson demonstrates restraint, and the film never veers too far into melodrama territory, perhaps in part due to the solid script by Nicholas Sparks and Jeff Van Wie. Even though this is Sparks' first time adapting his own novel, he does a great job of including all the necessary plot points and makes it work for a big-screen format. That's what makes The Last Song more sentimental than melodramatic, and by the end of the film even the most cynical of moviegoers might find themselves shedding a tear.
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- Touchstone / Disney
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- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew
|Miley Cyrus||Ronnie Miller|
|Greg Kinnear||Steve Miller|
|Bobby Coleman||Jonah Miller|
|Liam Hemsworth||Will Blakelee|
|Kate Vernon||Susan Blakelee|
|Nick Searcy||Tom Blakelee|
|Lance E. Nichols||Pastor Harris|
|Stephanie Leigh||Megan Blakelee|
|Phil Parham||Megan's Husband|
|Anthony Paderewski||Security Guard|
|April Moore||Firefighter at Church|
|Todd Smith||Firefighter at Church|
|Julie Ann Robinson||Director|
|Brian Baker||Set Decoration/Design|
|Ted Chu||Camera Operator|
|Nelson Coates||Production Designer|
|Tish Cyrus||Executive Producer|
|Buck Damon||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Louise Frogley||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Jonathan S. Gaynor||Sound Mixer|
|Cathy Sandrich Gelfond||Casting|
|Lauren Levy||Associate Producer|
|Scott Meehan||Art Director|
|Paul Sonski||Set Decoration/Design|
|Eric Tignini||Asst. Director|
|Jeff Van Wie||Screenwriter|
|Aaron Zigman||Score Composer|
1. Welcome To Georgia [:00]
2. Fixing Mistakes [:00]
3. I Don't Want To Be Here [:00]
4. A New Day [:02]
5. Believe Me [:00]
6. Best 1st Date [:00]
7. Not Like The Other Girls [6:36]
8. Hard To Be Happy [6:15]
9. More Than A Lot [7:34]
10. Where To Begin [5:38]
11. The Wedding [6:33]
12. Everything Can Change [7:34]
13. Unfinished Business [4:19]
14. Love Is Fragile [6:25]
15. Forgiveness [4:37]
16. End Credits [8:00]
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Set Tour With Bobby Coleman
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"When I Look At You" Miley Cyrus Music Video
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The Last Song based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
The movie was good and had great inspiration I am sure. I would like to read the book and see how the book Differs from the movie, if it differs at all.
I thought this was gonna be a not so great movie cause miley cyrus was in it but her style fit the character perfectly! Part of the movie was about Ronnie (Miley) and Will (Liam) and there relationship they had with another, Ronnie and Will just had this connection that most movie characters don't have. Ronnie is like a rebel tough girl who falls for the fit volleyball player who really isn't her type. The other part was about her dad and music. I highly recommend to just rent it or buy it cause it is totally worth it :)
"The Last Song" will not be the last time I read it "The Last Song" is about a young girl who has to spend the Summer with her dad and her brother. During the Summer she finds love. The Summer is full of surprises and a reconnected family. The real question is what will happen during the Summer and what she will do after Summer when she's heading of to College. Will she talk to her dad after the Summer. Will she and her Summer fling stay together. You'll have to read and find out. "The Last Song", written by Nicholas Sparks tells a story of a troubled teen, Veronica (Ronnie) forced to spend the Summer with her dad (Steve). For the 3 month long visit she'll be accompanied by her brother (Jonah). Ronnie and Steve haven't spoken for three years after her father left their family. This book shares the thrilling Summer she spends with her family and someone special she finds on a sandy beach in South Carolina. Ronnie living in New York makes the transition to a small town in South Carolina where she spends time with her family and meets Will. Will and her come from completely different worlds. Ronnie middle class and only wears black. Will rich and a volleyball player. It's going to take some time to convince that these two could actually be what each other is looking for. This book isn't just about a Summer of romance but her relationship with her dad. Ronnie comes to the small town dreading to see her dad after all these years. His piano playing doesn't make the Summer any better, since Ronnie said she would never play again. But who knows if by the end of this romantic and heartwarming Summer she'll be playing again. This book has everything, romance, adventure, love. The best thing about this book is that by the end of the story you still don't know what's going to happen it creates suspense all throughout the book. "The Last Song" in my opinion is better than most books he's written including: The Choice, Dear John, The Best of Me, and many more. There is only one thing that I can think of that is not positive about this book, and that is all the character's mentioned. I would recommend this book to all the women or men looking for a shocking, suspenseful, romantic book. Now you'll just have to read and find out what "The Last Song" is all about.
The movie was good..but I always read the books first. For anyone who wants to know this movie is very different than the book. I very much enjoyed the book. I only watch Nicholas Sparks movies after I read the books to see how much they will cut out.
I loved this movie....Miley was great!
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this movie rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! miley cyrus seriously is one good actress!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I saw this movie in the movie theater and now I am dying to buy it on DVD! I can't wait to get it on DVD and I love this movie and I hope you do to! I thought it wasn't going to be that great because of some of the actors that are in it but it turned out to be emotional, funny, loving, and a great story!
I've never been a Miley Cyrus fan...I'm still not a fan, so I was skeptical about watching this movie. I decided that I would watch it because it looked like a good movie and because I had many people tell me that it was a really good movie. I found myself laughing, crying, and wanting to strangle a couple of the characters at times. Overall this was a great movie, and I would recommend it to everyone, even those who don't like Miley Cyrus, it's worth watching.
I was dying to catch the movie on CD and when i finally did,i absolutely loved it!It was as good as the novel except shorter and somewhat different,very romantic and heart warming.
man i never had a chance to see The Last Song at the theaters and now its on dvd wow i really wanted to see it i bet its a pretty good movie ofcourse if it has Miley Cyrus in it then its defitently a good movie!
if you are a fan of Miley Cyrus you will like this movie because it is a break-out of Miley's life as we know her from Hannah Montana and her new bf Liam Hemsworth is a great actor and very HOT