MagPics is of course the distribution arm of 2929 Entertainment, which is owned by Dallas Maverick Mark Cuban. The power that changes this predictable story lies in the extraordinarily sensitive performances of Michael Angarano, who plays Dylan with a twinkle in his eye and allows us to feel his burden without resorting to bathos, and the always-impressive Cynthia Nixon whose performance as Dylan's mother is the most understated and heart wrenching on film. She is the image that has been but a poster on his wall, and his quest to fulfill his dream is only as powerful in its resolution as Mabrey is in her ability to make a petulant supermodel a sympathetic character. The Blu-ray disc herein reviewed, courtesy of Magnolia Pictures, is of somewhat questionable quality as well. However, regardless of how one chooses to see it, I recommend that no one does. Now, before we get into the various whats and wheres of how you can watch 'One Last Thing. But she pulls it off effortlessly.
The writing, casting and directing all combine to give well thought-out characters. I need to find this. On a positive side, the actual print is in perfect condition — I did not detect any debris, scratches, or stains to report here. From that point on not a moment is wasted - not a shot, not a line, not a frame. The United Wish Givers foundation is granting 16-year-old terminal-cancer patient Dylan Jamieson Michael Angarano his wish to take. Out of nowhere, Nikki appears and takes the boy to a nearby beach.
But to simply watch the trailer and move on would be a big mistake. Please see this tender film, and share it. Contrast on One Last Thing… is very inconsistent, detail gravitating between average and satisfying, and clarity, more often than not, rather weak. The three manage to sell an autographed football for ten thousand dollars and quickly book their tickets to the Big Apple. For the record, I did not detect any disturbing pops, cracks, or hissings. Sunny Mabrey plays the complex supermodel that is her own worst enemy.
The quality of the direction and acting did this script justice. The characters Dylan, Slap and Ricky realistically portray typical teenager's light-hearted views on life and keep the movie grounded. Slap and Ricky, however, are delighted with Dylan's idea. In all, this is a striking, simple, compelling film that rises well above its premise to become an important statement about death and dying and the power of hope and love and family. Sixteen-year-old Dylan Michael Angarano is dying of cancer. Wow, two teenage, horny boys with a one track mind! This is a role that lesser actors would find daunting.
Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon's performance as a widowed, blue-collar mom dealing with the imminent death of her teenage son is the glue that holds together Alex Steyermark and Barry Stringfellow's uneven tragicomedy. Cynthia Nixon gives an unselfish performance as a single mother juggling her sons disease and his quest for life. Released 2005, 'One Last Thing. Who among us hasn't experienced a similar loss? Barry Stringfellow's script feels personal and full of heart as well as being well-paced and emotionally powerful. Furthermore, aside from Dylan, none of the main characters are likable; they seem to exist for no particular reason.
When a charitable organization offers to grant Dylan his final wish, the teen has a surprising request: to meet supermodel Nikki Sinclair Sunny Mabrey. In the meantime, Slap and Ricky spend all of their money on two exotic dancers, and then get some of the money back so that they could pay for their taxi. Add to the mix the fact that the dialog is also quite rough, and it is indeed very difficult to defend One Last Thing… without admitting how inconsistent its script is. Even more than that, One Last Thing is about coping with loss - a son's loss of his father and a mother's loss of her son. United Wish Givers, a Make-A-Wish foundation-type of organization, decides to grant Dylan one wish before he keels over from cancer.
The film deals with death and relationships from a number of perspectives and the story nicely resolves like a well-crafted piece of music. Ethan Hawke gives an excellent cameo as Dylan's father, a character that for me was central to the entire story. The director also comments on specific scenes from the film as its story progresses. I had never liked Cynthia Nixon, so I expected an average performance. On the other hand, nothing can compare to seeing your child go before you do.
This film deserves a high rating: it's not high drama, but instead is beautifully understated. Unfortunately for them, the owners of the striptease club aren't particularly happy when clients attempt to take back what they have already spent. A few days later, Nikki meets Dylan in Pennsylvania. Once in the city, Dylan's pals head to the closest striptease club, while he ends up in a high-end discothèque frequented by his idol. A lot of critics did not like Alex Steyermark's One Last Thing…, and I can certainly understand why. When Dylan is informed by his doctor Brian Stokes Mitchell that further radiation and chemotherapy are useless, Dylan places his desire for living on one last thing. So many films are about romantic love or defending the family or other selfish methods of preserving our own genes.