The Last Fling (1987)

TV Movie   |  PG   |    |  Comedy, Romance


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Gloria, who's engaged to marry Jason, learns that he is going out with some friends to sow his wild oats for the last time. She considers this a little barbaric, so on the advice of some ... See full summary »


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26 January 2010 | jDoge
9
| better than a TV movie usually deserves to be - love is sleepless, even if "rust never sleeps"
i saw this film a few years ago almost by accident; don't usually watch Lifetime but, John Ritter in a movie is quite rare. it was so good that it reminded me of mystical love stories like Somewhere In Time (Reeve/Seymour) or Timestalkers (lauren hutton). there was no time travel, alas, but the love element reminded me of Sleepless in Seattle & French Connection (& of course the great "RomCom" talent Nora Ephron's inspiration, An Affair To Remember (Kerr/Grant)). Tried to get it on media but only found it @ a VHS specialty shop.

When i started this film up 2nite, remembering how exciting the chase at the end of Sleepless & Affair were &, yes, especially the Graduate, i was at first disappointed. After all, how can a divorce attorney be a romantic lead, even the eternal Mover, Jack Tripper? There was some romantic thing where Drew Barrymore "divorces" her parents including Love Story's Ryan O'Neal & a True Pro, Shelley Long, yet somehow that worked, so.... the LA Raiders (?!) seemed kind of dated, like the Nawleans 'Aints in a Clint Eastwood/Dirty Harry flick… oh yeah Drew Brees is just taking the S'aints to the SuperBowl, so maybe the film will be better than the beginning, or so i am hoping…. well, maybe Jack T Ripper & Miss Sellecca can't carry …. WAIT a minute! Was that that Old Black Magic, "chemistry" i know, so well, that i just saw again like the very 1st time?? Oh, right, so THAT's what Hollywood does so well, i remember….! Well, as i am remembering the zoo "chance" meeting (Miss Right w/ Mr. "Close Enough" ?) & the later hitchhiking w/ migrant workers in Mexico (i lived in Cuernavaca as a child), i KNOW this vehicle will again prove 2 B one of the Great RomanticComedies, so i am now checking the reviews here, & ... Mike & the Mechanics? Mr Singh, THANK YOU !! My own "miss wright" married a guy named Michael John, & i had forgotten them until one day twenty years ago when my new roomie had the tube on (i hardly ever had a TV) & something called Airwolf w/ J-M Vincent came on, the theme being "Can U Hear Me?" by Mike & the Mechs - (meta) logically connected with a CIA boss called "Archangel". i bought the 45 rpm; that was the first single 4 me in over 14 years. Now it's iTunes & Zune. In fact, i always think of that lost love; that's why i am rehashing "RomComs" like this even now. Anyway, do NOT miss this if U get a chance - it's amazing how much smallScreen pros like JRit transcend the material like Ms Amy above said, making a much better love story than the one famously titled that, one much loved by my (Boomer) generation. Thank u all 4 your reviews; they make this film even more a pleasure! U might also try "Forever Young" (mGibson/cFisher) if u really like this stuff….

ain't just Dustin & Ryan be talking' bout my -- generation still truckin Si Valley "RomCom Dummy" {:-P

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