LAST CHANCE HARVEY

title: LAST CHANCE HARVEY
year: 2008
cast: Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson
rating: ***1/2
In this nifty indie gem the great Hoffman's given new life, perhaps because of the neat, tight little script and unpretentious directing... sort of a modern fable... about a jingle writer who travels to England for his somewhat estranged daughter's wedding and meets the girl next door type, Emma Thompson. Together these two lonesome characters realize love isn't about lust and passion, but having someone there. "American Beauty" paved the way for these mid-life fables and they don't always work, but this does beautifully. I'm hoping "Last Chance Harvey" is a new path for Hoffman; perhaps his niche lies in indie films from now on... I'll keep my fingers crossed.

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