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Last Chance Harvey

Last Chance Harvey
Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Richard Schiff, Liane Balaban, James Brolin, Kathy Baker and Eileen Atkins

Rated: PG-13 
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: December 25, 2008 Released by: Overture Films

For some reason this film feels like the award winning Marty (academy award winner 1955). Hoffman's Harvey is a lonely man, divorsed from Kathy Baker - he has lost touch with his daughter. Just before heading to London for his daughter's wedding he is fired from his job. Upon arriving in London he is shuttled off to a hotel far from others attending the wedding. His daughter informs him that her step father James Brolin will walk her down the isle and not her dad Harvey.

So he is a lonely lost man in London similar to Ernest Borginine's Marty. But Harvey is part of a different economic class and that has contributed to his removal from his family. While he attempts to adjust to the deal with the slighting on his daughter's important day, he meets Emma Thompson, a quiet woman who we see at a failed dating opportunity. She is the lonely woman. Getting together adjusts both lives.

While we are expected to appreciate his transformation and courage at the wedding that appears to pull his life together as a warm human father, the script and performances just don't live up to what is needed to reach us emotionally.

Last Chance Harvey is more like a television episode than a feature film and that is disappointing.

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