On a little outing this evening, my Mom, my hubby and I went to see Last Chance Harvey. Watch the trailer here if you haven’t heard about it yet. ***Come back to this post if you plan to see the movie and don’t want any info yet 🙂
Although the movie starts out a little rocky (aka depressing) for the main characters Harvey ( a divorce’) and his friend Kate (never married), it gets better, and I love a good love story with a happy ending. Since starting this blog and zeroing in on the great marriage debate, I seem to notice more now when movies have healthy family values and when they don’t.
Dustin Hoffman is on the verge of loosing his job. He goes to London for his only daughter’s wedding and finds out that she has asked her step-father to walk her down the isle. Down and out, and heartbroken, Hoffman attends the ceremony, but then makes a quick exit for the airport to get back to NY for a business meeting, when he finds out he’s been fired and meets Emma at the airport.
Not to spoil the plot, but I want to point out what I loved about this movie:
- The daughter wasn’t pregnant but was getting married to a very nice man!
- The movie didn’t show, or allude to anyone having sex
- Harvey is saddened that he and his daughter have grown apart
- He thinks he’s been a bad Father and wants to repair things (even though it seems he’s been a great Father)
- He goes to his daughter’s reception at the urging of his new friend Kate. She even goes along to support him.
- When the step-father gets up to make a toast, Harvey interrupts and corrects the announcer, stating that he is actually the bride’s Father. Harvey then makes a very nice toast to his daughter and son-in-law, and thanks the step-father and passes the speech back to him.
- He is able to get a long with his ex-wife.
- They both make the wedding a pleasant experience for their daughter and everyone else.
- Harvey is so concerned about being in his daughter’s life, but he doesn’t discredit that the step-father has also been there for her.
- Harvey is respectful of Kate, they laugh and joke, they walk, they hold hands, but they don’t have sex. They get to know each other first and the movie never even makes the audience think that down that road.
- Kate takes care of her elderly Mother, she makes time for her, cleans for and does it without complaining that she is a burden.
- This movie was pro-marriage, pro-family and pro-parents having relationships with their children, and children having relationships with their parents.
There are a lot of great things in this movie; kind of surprising, and very refreshing coming from Hollywood. This movie is a rare gem in what is usually a sea of filth.
I didn’t waste the time looking up the producers etc., to see if anyone involved in this movie was No on 8, but they put out a great film regardless of the personal opinions of anyone who worked on it. It was nice to see family, love and support portrayed in this film. I highly recommend it! Great family movie and cute love story showing the audience that it’s never too late to open your heart, it’s never too late to change your life and it’s never too late to take a chance.