The Last Time (DVD)

Fraser, in particular, doesn’t seem to embody any of the good looks or charm he had when he first burst onto the scene in “Encino Man” and “School Ties” all those years ago. Or maybe he’s just bored. I dunno. One thing’s for sure, both guys don’t do anything to impress here.


Michael Keaton, Brendan Fraser, Amber Valetta, Neal McDonough, Daniel Stern, William Ragsdale

Whilst the idea of seeing Batman hump George of the Jungle’s girlfriend whilst the loin-clothed chest beater sleeps beside them – holy sly bastard Batman! – might interest your token comic book fan, the same can’t be said for the two gentlemen, sans costumes, caught in the same predicament.

Quite simply, a movie starring Michael Keaton as an asshole that bangs Brendan Fraser’s girlfriend behind his back – or, in this case, next to him – is likely to interest viewers about as much as Keaton would’ve been in a third “Batman” movie and Fraser in ‘working out’ for a “George” sequel. And you can’t blame them – sans the fact Keaton’s not the kinda guy you’d expect could lure Brendan Fraser’s woman from him, it just ain’t that interesting a predicament. We don’t care.

A movie starring Tom Cruise and Paul Newman with the same plotline, then maybe? Or Eddie Kaye Thomas banging Colin Farrell’s soon-to-be-wife? Yeah, that you’d maybe pay to see. When it’s an ageing caped crusader and a double-chinned Encino Man sharing the same mole….. its, well, repellent.

“The Last Time” does have a little more going for it – it’s actually an interesting enough tale of a smart-ass veteran salesman who not only makes life hard for new sidekick, Fraser, but starts sleeping with his soon to be wife (Amber Valetta of “Hitch”) – but the whole ‘Keaton banging Fraser’s wife whilst the latter’s still in the bed; albeit passed out’ just plain put me off the movie. I didn’t need to see it. I didn’t want to see it. I didn’t know whether to cringe or laugh. Clearly, it didn’t work.

I like Keaton and Fraser – the jury’s still out on Valetta, she hasn’t really impressed me that much yet – and think they’re much better actors than having to endure slop like this. I guess the thing is, they’ve both – well, not so much Keaton, he’s just aged – let themselves go and audiences just aren’t as hot for them anymore. Fraser, in particular, doesn’t seem to embody any of the good looks or charm he had when he first burst onto the scene in “Encino Man” and “School Ties” all those years ago. Or maybe he’s just bored. I dunno. One thing’s for sure, both guys don’t do anything to impress here.

(Hey, and why didn’t anyone tell me New Orleans was in New York City? – - – what? It’s not?! That explains it then… there sure did seem to be a lot of free parking spaces in ‘this’ New York’s streets).

Deleted Scenes, Trailers.

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Reviewer : Clint Morris