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The Last Song
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08.24.2010 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Julie Anne Robinson

Actors:
Miley Cyrus
Liam Hemsworth
Bobby Coleman

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A young rebellious teen is sent to live with her father, forcing them to try and reconnect with one another. Thank God they both share a love for music. Sigh.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Itís funny, just the other night me and a couple buddies were discussing Eminemís new song (I love the way you lie) with Rihanna, talking about music in general and how the past five years have been hurting for talent. I added that as un-masculine as it was going to sound, Miley Cyrus is one of the only artists that impressed me of late and ironically enough they didnít challenge the notion. But let me make one thing very clear, Miley Cyrus is sporting nothing but mad skills when it comes to singing but as an actress, well...letís just say she shouldnít quit her day job. As bad as her acting was however, Cyrus is but one of the many reasons this film sucked.

I wonít try to and convince you that Iím not a little bias when it comes to fluffy chick flicks because I most certainly am. That said, I can appreciate a good love story in the vein of SERENDIPITY for example, but when you get into hardcore fluff like THE NOTEBOOK thatís when you start to lose me. As this film, DEAR JOHN and THE NOTEBOOK are all by the same author you can well imagine that weíre getting pretty much the same story re-told anew. Scratch that, Iím being too nice, this is the same damn story played out just a little differently but certainly not enough to fool you. If an author is going to write the same types of stories at least make them remotely different. James Patterson has written quite a few Alex Cross books but at least the guyís facing something new each time. THE LAST SONG is more of the same, and not just the same from the author but the same from just about every other clichťd love story out there these days.

Back to Miley Cyrus, I just donít get why she thought she could do this. Playing Hannah Montana is vastly different from trying to do some serious acting. Her spoiled brat of a character certainly doesnít help matters any as you just want to hold her head under water until she stops moving. Each and every character in this film were laughable, overused repeat performances from just about every film and TV show you can imagine. There was absolutely no originality here whatsoever which made me cringe fairly frequently. And the whole standoffish deal with her dad just made me chuckle as thatís what they say about her Billy Rayís relationship in real life (no wonder she loved this role).

THE LAST SONG should be your last choice at the movie store and thatís only if everything else is rented, the cable is out and your internet isnít working. Some musicians make a commendable switch over into the acting world but lately it seems that since this does and has happened, each and every musician thinks they can do it and deserve a shot. Sadly, this is not the case. If youíre a fan of Miley Cyrusí music (which Iíll admit that I am to a point), I suggest you go watch her trashy new video Canít Be Tamed instead. Sure, itís all kinds of wrong, but itís far more entertaining than this drivel.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: Director Julie Anne Robinson and co-producer Jennifer Gibgot take us through the film making special note about how they didnít want to go overboard with emotional scenes but I thought that was the point of these films.

Alternate Opening: This scene features a church fire/death which was taken from the film simply because they felt it was too much of a downer too soon.

Deleted Scenes: Most of the seven minutes is sappy stuff between father and daughter which they must have figured either didnít matter or drug the film down. They did feel a tad redundant.

Set Tour With Bobby Coleman: The little brother from the film thought it would be cool to grab a mike and take us around the set for five minutes. He was wrong.

ďWhen I Look At YouĒ Music Video: Here we get Mileyís video for the filmís theme song as well as a brief making-of segment. The songís not bad but itís by far not her best work.

Previews: There are couple trailers, a couple Blu-ray commercials as well as a DVD copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I might have been a bit more forgiving if this didnít see Miley squeeze music in there somewhere (much like Christina Aguilara is doing with the awful looking BURLESQUE) but either way, her acting was atrocious and the story ridiculous so there really wasnít much hope for this film.
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