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Reviews in Brief: The Last Song

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The 411: The Last Song is about 17-year-old Veronica "Ronnie" Miller (Miley Cyrus), who is shipped to her dad over the summer. While Ronnie arrives as a snoopy, pissed off teenager, as the story progresses she opens up and falls in love with a local boy named Will Blakelee (played by an American newcomer named Liam Hemsworth). The tale that unfolds is a story with a lot of twists and turns including love between a parent and a boy.

The Good: Miley Cyrus steps away from her normal role as Hannah Montana and takes on more of a dramatic role in this film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' novel. It shows the audience and the world at large that Miley can take on a dramatic role. This movie is more than your typical romantic comedy as it really is not a comedy at all. It has comedy, romance, drama, and it will make you cry and laugh at the same time. Greg Kinnear, who plays Ronnie's dad Steve Miller, turns in the performance of a lifetime.

The Bad:
The movie is very much like  another Nicholas Sparks adaptation, A Walk to Remember, starring another singer, Mandy Moore. Both movies are very similar from start to finish. The biggest problem with this movie is the story line, with three or four different sub-plots happening at one time. It's hard to focus or really fall in love with a single character.

The Last Word: There are too many interlocking sub-plots to really enjoy this movie. You need to fall in love with a character and this movie just doesn't let you do that.

Theater, DVD, or Cable: This is a movie I'd suggest taking a trip to your local video store to watch in the comfort of your own home.

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