“No, really, Dustin, we weren’t the worst presenters at the Globes.”
LAST CHANCE HARVEY (Joel Hopkins) For venues and times, see movies. Rating: NNN
The one thing I wish Stranger Than Fiction had more of - scenes with Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson playing off each other - is strangely the same thing I want more of from Last Chance Harvey.
Hoffman plays the titular sad sack whose career is in crisis at the very moment he's flying to London for his daughter's wedding, where he'll watch her being given away by her stepdad. Along the way, he encounters Thompson's sharp-tongued yet sensible single gal.
The performances are endearing without being cloy or sentimental. Each actor is given moments to shine; Thompson beautifully underplays the comedic potential of a bad blind date to bring out the character's sadness and disappointment, while Hoffman gives an impromptu speech at the wedding reception that is remarkable for its subtlety.
But it's their day together spent wandering the city that charms like a mid-life version of Before Sunrise. If only they'd skipped the wedding entirely and just hung out by Big Ben and talked.