Last Chance Harvey

Last Chance Harvey

Streaming Video - 2009
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Academy Awardʼ winners Dustin Hoffman (Rain Man) and Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility) reunite in Last Chance Harvey, a heartfelt romance that celebrates new beginnings-at any age. New Yorker Harvey Shine (Dustin Hoffman) is on the verge of losing his dead-end job as a jingle writer. Warned by his boss (Richard Schiff) that he has just one more chance to deliver, Harvey goes to London for a weekend to attend his daughter's (Liane Balaban) wedding but promises to be back on Monday morning to make an important meeting-or else. Harvey arrives in London only to learn his daughter has chosen to have her stepfather (James Brolin) walk her down the aisle. Trying to hide his devastation, Harvey leaves the wedding before the reception in hopes of getting to the airport on time, but misses the plane anyway. When he calls his boss to explain, Harvey is fired on the spot. Drowning his sorrows at the airport bar, Harvey strikes up a conversation with Kate (Emma Thompson), a sensitive, 40-something employee of the Office of National Statistics. Kate, whose life is limited to work, the occasional humiliating blind date and endless phone calls from her smothering mother (Eileen Atkins), is touched by Harvey, who finds himself energized by her intelligence and compassion. The growing connection between the pair inspires both as they unexpectedly transform one another's lives.
Publisher: [United States] : Entertainment One, 2009.
Branch Call Number: Internet Access
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 streaming video file (approximately 93 min.)) :,sound, color.
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tenet
May 15, 2017

Rated 7/10.

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rosstr100
Oct 21, 2015

I would have never thought to pair Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson together but they pull it off. It was good to see how each of these characters evolved especialy Dustin. Made me think of Kramer versus Kramer.
Would recommend this.

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JackPurcell
Jun 01, 2015

A bit mawkish, sentimental heartstring twanger carefully designed to appeal to the lost and lonely and make them thing there's hope out there somewhere

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marvelboy888
Jan 17, 2014

This lovely, tender light romantic dramedy visibly struggles between more conventional contrivances of plot and the type of lackadaisical intimacy touted by the 'Before' films. It's at it's best putting Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman at the forefront, responding to situations and allowing their lived-in, subtle acting do the heavy lifting. Simple moments like Hoffman riding in a taxi after being told he will not be giving his daughter away at her wedding or the look on Thompson's face during a blind date in which she is ignored are spellbinding. Together they make an endearing odd couple. Had the film simply trusting it's stars to carry it and not thrown in suspicious mothers, ridiculous coworkers, and "let's try on outfits with peppy music" montages it could very well have been great. Right now it's simply charming in spite of all that.

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shopgirlread
Jun 09, 2013

I enjoyed this movie very much. Sweet and heart warming.

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karenmc
Feb 03, 2013

I enjoyed Emma Thompson's performance, as always, but lost interest in this one and couldn't finish it.

PJJ Dec 20, 2012

Good movie, nice to be able to catch something I missed in 2009. Nice twist and turns, enjoyed it very much. Hoffman and Thompson make a good miss-matched pair. Check it out.

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megaculpa
Jun 07, 2012

A delightful romantic comedy -- especially for viewers of a certain age. Joel Hopkins wrote the screenplay as a vehicle for Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson. What a brilliant idea!

Okay, so it's not Casablanca. But the charisma and screen chemistry make this movie work.

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wgrien
Mar 07, 2011

Just boring really... even great actors cannot save the lack of story.

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waimanau
Mar 04, 2011

Khaki trench coats, long walks in London, sparkling wedding banquets, autumnal fairy tale, plus they have Dustin & Emma to keep you company......what's not to like, mum?
See it, and be sure to tell Aunt Paula about it.

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Oct 12, 2010

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Ugogurl
Oct 12, 2010

An unconventional love story that happens for the main characters in mid-life.
Each having their own preconceived notions, while trying to "step out of the box" on finding love.
Two complete strangers decide to take a chance by changing the way they react to each other even though they are complete strangers.
Finally a movie about the 40+ crowd, for the 40+ crowd who are still looking for love.
A must see.

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