The Last Song (Empire Review)

LastSongSquareThe combination of Nicholas Sparks’ ‘misery-lit lite’ and teenaged singer didn’t work too well in A Walk to Remember with Mandy Moore, but he fares adapting his own novel about a rebellious teenager (Cyrus, in a non-singing role) who spends a few months with her estranged father (Kinnear), has a chaste romance with a handsome (and usually shirtless) rich kid (ex-Neighbour Hemsworth), and – guess what? – “was never the same again after that summer.” Teen girls raised on Hannah Montana and Twilight may be blindsided by the film’s sheer ordinariness, not to mention its third-act emotional downturn, but the film is engaging and honest, and its target market will find Cyrus’ inchoate rebelliousness relatable.

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