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The Last Request

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Cast: Danny Aiello, Tony Lo Bianco,T.R. Knight

Director(s): John DeBellis


Year: 2006

Rating: R

Pop's last request is for his sons to continue the family name. When his brother dies trying, Jeff leaves the seminary and encounters crazy women and odd ball characters.

This is one of those comedies when on paper looks like it could be a complete failure but to my surprise I found this to be a very funny and effective comedy. First time Director, John DeBellis does a great job at keeping the film moving at a good pace, you have to keep in mind this is his first attempt at being behind the camera and I comedy such as this one could of easily fallen flat after the first half hour but he manages to keep the jokes coming as well as keeping the movie interesting. The film will a little humor that is "old school" there's nothing really here that's new, like when the main character gets a phone from the seminary the phone is a crucifix. It's that type of humor in the first 15 minutes that had be hooked, it took me back to old slapstick comedies. John DeBellis also plays it safe with his straight forward film-making here, there's nothing fancy about the sets but instead he relies on the zany characters to carry the film. Speaking of the characters, the film also has a talented cast including the always reliable Danny Aiello as Pop, he's terrific here and I wish he was in more movies. Also T.R. Knight is very good too as the only son left to fill his father's dying wish and how cool is it to see Joe Piscopo back in a movie again. For a low-budget film The Last Request plays much bigger and is leaps more entertaining than all the teen related sex comedies that pour out of Hollywood on a daily basis. If your looking for a light-hearted comedy this funny often hilarious comedy is the movie for you. Released by MTI Home Video. **** Out Of *****