Oscar-winning actress Shirely MacLaine (Terms of Endearment) gets to play a role of a lifetime in The Last Word.
To those who know her, Harriet Lauler MacLaine) is “overbearing,” “blunt” and “a total control freak.”
A former high-powered advertising executive, the now 80-something Harriet insists on micromanaging every aspect of her life — including her own obituary.
She hires Anne Sherman (Amanda Seyfried), a writer at the local paper, to memorialize her. But the past comes back to haunt her when Anne finds that no one — not Harriet’s estranged daughter (Anne Heche), her ex-husband (Philip Baker Hall), her former colleagues, or even her priest — has anything good to say about her.
Determined to get her way, Harriet decides to refurbish her image in the time she has left. With the same iron will that took her to the top of the advertising game, she tackles a late-life “to-do” list she believes will cement her legacy in print. Swept into the whirlwind of reinvention, Anne reluctantly records Harriet’s journey for posterity. As she helps Harriet redefine her past, she realizes she is also beginning to take control of her own future.
Directed by Mark Pellington (The Mothman Prophecies, Henry Poole Is Here) from a script by Stuart Ross Fink, The Last Word stars Shirley MacLaine (Terms of Endearment, The Apartment), Amanda Seyfried (Les Misérables, Lovelace), Anne Heche (Wag the Dog, “Hung”), Thomas Sadoski (Wild, “Life in Pieces”), Philip Baker Hall (Argo, Boogie Nights), Tom Everett Scott (La La Land, “Scream: The TV Series”) and newcomer Ann’Jewel Lee.
Director of photography is Eric Koretz (Frank & Lola, Dragonslayer). Production designer is Richard Hoover (42, Dead Man Walking).
Editor is Julia Wong (X-Men: The Last Stand, Hercules).
Costume designer is Alix Hester (Term Life, Mysterious Skin).
Composer is Nathan Matthew David (“Angie Tribeca,” “Satisfaction”).
Music supervisor is Liza Richardson (Why Him?, A Dog’s Purpose). Casting by Heidi Levitt (The Artist, Natural Born Killers).
The Last Word is produced by Kirk D’Amico (Margin Call, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby), AnneMarie Mackay (Always Outnumbered, The Junky’s Christmas) and Mark Pellington.
Executive producers are Aaron Magnani (Iron Doors), Kevin Forester (“Holiday Joy,” The Queen of Spain), Shirley MacLaine, Amanda Seyfried, Damiano Tucci (LBJ, Category Five), Phillip B. Goldfine (The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life), Dan Roth (LBJ, Category Five), Dan Steinman (Gold, Barry), Teddy Schwarzman (The Imitation Game, Gold) and Andrew Karpen (Breathe, Denial).
Line producer is Patrick Peach (21 & Over, The Architect).
Co-producer is Theresa Won (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, “Holiday Joy”).