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The Last Laugh

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Senior-citizen buddy comedy has salty language, sex.

Movie NR 2019 98 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 17+

Very nasty movie!

age 7+
Bulliyng violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This movie, like the Netflix series The Kominsky Method, comically looks at the anguish of aging baby boomers as they lose loved ones and negotiate their increasing marginalization. It's not necessarily a subject even the most mature teens would appreciate. Unlike Kominsky, the script here is uneven and characters are underdeveloped. The Last Laugh's fundamental premise, that a retired agent could, in just a matter of hours, arrange gigs all over the country, certainly seems questionable, and a hallucinatory song-and-dance number feels awkward and out of place.

But Dreyfuss, who is 71 and playing an 80-year-old, is vivid and animated in the flashier, funnier role. Chase, at 74, plays a phlegmatic character, the story's straight man. His slapstick comedies of the past showcased his snark and physicality, but here his dramatic talents may not measure up to what the story requires. Still, the movie is likable and at times touching.

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