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Last Song
     

The Last Song

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Director: Julie Ann Robinson

Cast: Miley Cyrus, Greg Kinnear, Bobby Coleman

 

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Miley Cyrus stars as a teenager who reconnects with her father years after her parents go through a nasty divorce in this adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel. The novelist also provides the screenplay for the production, which is directed by Julie Ann Robinson.

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Miley Cyrus stars as a teenager who reconnects with her father years after her parents go through a nasty divorce in this adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel. The novelist also provides the screenplay for the production, which is directed by Julie Ann Robinson.

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Nicholas 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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/17/2010
UPC:
0786936805871
Original Release:
2010
Rating:
PG
Source:
Touchstone / Disney
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:47:00
Sales rank:
112

Special Features

Set Tour With Bobby Coleman: Go Behind The Scenes To See How This Film Was Made; ; Miley Cyrus Music Video: "When I Look At You"; ; The Making Of The Music Video With Miley Cyrus; An Inside-the-Recording-Studio featurette includes Interviews with Miley and Crew; ; Audio Commentary; By Director Julie Anne Robinson and Producer Jennifer Gibgot

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Miley Cyrus Ronnie Miller
Greg Kinnear Steve Miller
Bobby Coleman Jonah Miller
Liam Hemsworth Will Blakelee
Hallock Beals Scott
Kelly Preston Kim
Nick Lashaway Marcus
Carly Chaikin Blaze
Kate Vernon Susan Blakelee
Nick Searcy Tom Blakelee
Adam Barnett Teddy
Michael Jamorski Lance
Melissa Ordway Ashley
Carrie Malabre Cassie
Lance E. Nichols Pastor Harris
Stephanie Leigh Megan Blakelee
Phil Parham Megan's Husband
Bonnie Johnson Neighbor
Rhoda Griffis Doctor
Anthony Paderewski Security Guard
April Moore Firefighter at Church
Todd Smith Firefighter at Church

Technical Credits
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
Jennifer Gibgot Producer
Janice Hampton Editor
Julie Hewett Makeup
Lauren Levy Associate Producer
John Lindley Cinematographer
Amanda Mackey Casting
Scott Meehan Art Director
Nancy Richardson Editor
Adam Shankman Producer
Paul Sonski Set Decoration/Design
Nicholas Sparks Screenwriter
Eric Tignini Asst. Director
Jeff Van Wie Screenwriter
Dara Weintraub Co-producer
Aaron Zigman Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Last Song
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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The Last Song 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Redangel96 More than 1 year ago
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.
ILovelovestories More than 1 year ago
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 :)
Anonymous 11 months ago
"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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful movie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
CLWB More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie....Miley was great!
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Bogan More than 1 year ago
This movie is awsome !!!!!! There must be something wrong with DarkLotusICP4life cause this movies is one of the best movie I've ever seen....
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SMeyerDestroysBooks4ever More than 1 year ago
this movie rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! miley cyrus seriously is one good actress!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Squid22Syd23 More than 1 year ago
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!
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
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!
librachic More than 1 year ago
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.
Courtney6 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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