Last Call (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir: Paulo Pilladi, US, 2021, 102 mins.

Cast: Jeremy Piven, Taryn Manning, Bruce Dern, Jack McGee, Zach McGowan

Review by Carlie Newman

When successful real estate developer. Mick (Jeremy Piven) receives an unexpected phone call about his family, he rushes back to his home neighbourhood, Darby Heights in Pennsylvania, for the funeral. He has learnt that his mother has just died. Meeting up with his father, Lawrence (Jack McGhee), now widowed and his brother Dougal (Zach McGowan), he soon learns that his brother has wasted money and the bar that his father runs is deep in debt.

A crooked colleague suggests that there is a lot of money to be made by turning the old bar into a casino, and Mick believes this is an opportunity not to be missed. However, the family pub is very popular and so Mick is torn between developing a new casino and making a lot of money or keeping the existing pub.

Mick also meets up with an old girlfriend, his childhood sweetheart, Ali (Taryn Manning), and begins to form an attachment. To discover how this all develops, you will need to see the film!

There is a lot of loud noise and music over the dialogue, so it is quite difficult to catch the words at times. Not sure if it matters that much as the plot and dialogue are not very engrossing. Lots of swearing and even more drinking. Whilst the film shows us a community, based on the real and there is some lively banter between the characters, we don’t ever get into what makes the character tick and back stories are almost non-existent.

Jeremy Piven always comes across as sincere and he is a mainly sympathetic character. The scenes between him and Ali are quieter and perhaps a bit more meaningful than the rest of the film. The film is based on the real neighbourhood called Upper Darby and at the end of the film we see some of the real bars that are still functioning or have closed.

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