The Last International Playboy was nothing that I expected, it was different and better. I expected to see a film with a Pierce Brosnan look-alike or the Dos Equis "most interesting man in the world" romping around being international and womanizing. Instead I was greeted with a small independent film that looked more at love that could have or should have been. In the end, a film I enjoyed much more than the one I expected.
The film has a shaky start, the editing is choppy and different from the rest of the film (according to the director commentary, this montage was in fact reshot long after they wrapped the film). The opening is of Jack on a yacht with model girl friends everywhere, of which he chooses one for sex, another joins, and the rest have a "pillow" fight on the bed in their panties. Rough start for a film about love. The five minute opening montage cuts away to Jack in bed and a subtitle flashing forward seven years. The story took another ten minutes to really come alive. Once I got to know Jack well and his eleven year old neighbor came into the story, the film started to make sense.
In a nutshell, Jack wrote a very successful book and is now living the life of a rock star. But he longs for his childhood girlfriend and his deceased mother. The attraction of all the models to Jack is simple, he has a ton of money and they are attracted to that. The confusing part of this film is the eleven year old girl that spends time privately with Jack and no parental agreement around (this is the only part of the film that I did not buy). His pig friend, Scotch Evans, is not complicated either, Jack is a nurturer and Scotch fills that bill.
As a small independent film, this is a good one. It is fairly well shot with steady camera work and decent lighting. At times the dialog was hard to hear, so sound recording was not the absolute best. Once I got past the opening montage (which is repeated behind the credits at the end of the film), the editing was good and had just the right pace. At roughly an hour and a half, it is about the right length.
The film is rated R for nudity, strong language, and drug use. The women in this film are gorgeous, the opening and closing scenes are stimulating. Lucy Gordon (Jane Birkin in the film Gainsbourg) was perfectly cast as the magazine journalist, Kate. Krysten Ritter plays a drug crazed model / actress wonderfully. And Monet Mazur, the blonde on the cover, as Carolina is stunning. This would have been a nearly perfect film if it hadn't been for the overweight Scotch sitting in his underwear in the bathtub asking Jack for a hug. Aside from the opening and closing, there isn't a lot of nudity in this film; the director packed it in tightly. The strong language is a bit surprising when used toward and in front of the eleven year old girl, Sophie. That seemed a bit over the top, or not entirely appropriate. There is a lot of drinking in this film, as I fully expected. There is a scene where Ozzy is shown in the bathroom with a syringe, lighter, and what appears to be heroine.
The DVD is packed with some decent special features. A set of deleted scenes that were mostly poorly lit, and should have stayed out of the film. I would have appreciated the bathtub scene with Scotch being added to the deleted scenes. The director commentary is one of the better I've heard in a while. I like to hear about the difficulties independent directors face in making a film.
Overall, excusing the first fifteen minutes of this film, I enjoyed this film very much. It was not at all what I expected. By the end of the film I found that I liked and cared for Jack and Sophie.