Women On Film – “Last Chance Harvey” – Joanna Langfield reviews

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I shudder to think what this one would have been like without its two, effervescent stars.

Joel Hopkins’ middle aged (she noted charitably) love story is wafer thin and could easily have been the stuff of some perfectly pleasant made for cable movie. But. As luck would have it, two of our most engaging film veterans found their way to this script, or it found its way to them, and the marriage of all parties works out for everybody.

Clearly, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson are having a ball, playing two losers at love, people on the north side of shall we say 45, who’re just about convinced it’s simply not in the cards for them to find a partner who makes them laugh, cry or even show up. A chance meeting at a London airport changes all that, but not until our loveable lonelyhearts put each other through wringer after wringer.

Thompson betrays a confidence on screen here that is joyful to behold; Hoffman, who has blossomed into his acting generation’s movie mensch, is irresistible. This “last chance” is a warm hearted, fluffy treat.

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Joanna Langfield

Her voice is heard throughout the 50 states and around the world by more than one million listeners on her syndicated radio programs: Joanna Langfield’s People Report and Video and Movie Minute. She’s also seen and heard as a regular contributing commentator on CNN International, CNN, Fox News and CNBC. In print, her articles have been published in such high profile magazines as Video Review and McCall’s. Joanna Langfield is known for taking interviews to another level with probing looks at celebrities’ insights rather than just their latest projects. As a result, she’s secured a niche among the nation’s premier interviewers and movie critics. Joanna began her career on the production staff of a local Boston television station. She then focused her energies towards radio and produced talk shows at WMEX-AM in Boston. After moving to New York, she became executive producer at WMCA-AM for talk show personalities Barry Gray and Sally Jessy Raphael. She began hosting a one-minute movie review spot which, in turn, led to her top-rated weekend call in-show, The Joanna Langfield Show (1980-83). Joanna moved to WABC-AM to host The Joanna Langfield Show on Saturday nights from 9:00pm to midnight. It was the highest rated show in its time slot. From 1987-1989, Joanna hosted Today’s People on the ABC Radio network, which was fed daily to over 300 stations around the country. She also appeared on WABC-TV as a regular on-air contributor. In 1989, Joanna formed her radio production company, Joanna Langfield Entertainment Reports, to syndicate her radio reports. She is considered to be one of the top authoritative commentators on the entertainment industry. Read Lagfield's recent articles below. For her Women On Film archive, type "Joanna Langfield" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).