'One Last Thing' Gives You Twists, Turns, And A New Definition Of What A Family Can Be

"You can find your family at any time of your life."

This June, A Plus is celebrating Father's Day and the release of the film One Last Thing, a one-night-only Chicken Soup for the Soul event, with a cavalcade of dad stories, videos and — of course — jokes. The film is playing nationwide on June 13.

There's no doubt about it: we're in the midst of summer blockbuster season. We've got superhero-fueled fun (like Avengers: Infinity War), heist extravaganzas (like Ocean's 8) and action-packed adventures (like Solo: A Star Wars Story) — but it's important we not forget the indie films. Even though they have smaller budgets, they can mean so much to us personally. In my opinion, One Last Thing is just that type of movie.

The film, written and directed by first-time filmmaker Tim Rouhana, follows Dylan Derringer (Wendell Pierce), a lonely dentist in Florida who is confronted by a figure from his past bringing news that sends him on an eventful and ultimately life-altering journey of discovery. Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Joanne Froggatt also star. There are many twists and turns along the way — which I won't spoil for you — but the overall theme is celebrating the idea of family, in whatever form that takes.

Credit: One Last Thing
Credit: One Last Thing

Without giving too much away, One Last Thing goes way beyond the straightforward "parent meets child" story. This, coming from a cinema buff, was quite refreshing. And, essentially, the film gives us a coming-of-age story for characters who discovered their true, deeper selves later than what is usually depicted in movies. Normally that takes place around the age of 18, usually set in high school or the beginning of college, but here we have the central character, a middle-aged man, look inwards to find a missing piece of himself.

Not only is the story captivating, but watching it pays off in terms of seeing things you don't get to witness in that many Hollywood films. This movie is quite diverse and intersectional by giving us characters of various races, characters who identify with different sexual orientations, and characters who have disabilities. Not only that but — with the character of Dylan — we see a male character display a different spectrum of male emotion that men all around the world should take to heart. Dylan doesn't play into stereotypes — except that he's a dentist who golfs — and it's refreshing.

Credit: One Last Thing
Credit: One Last Thing

One Last Thing helped drive home the idea that family is more than who you're related to, it's about who shows up and is there for you. I'm pretty blessed to have parents who have always been there for me, but others aren't so lucky. Family is about who we choose to surround ourselves with, not just who raises you. And the best thing? You can find your family at any time of your life.

I'm not a father — I don't know if I ever will be — but I have a dad and I, like many others, have father-like role models to look up to. Any of these traits will help you relate to One Last Thing. You don't need to be a dad to like it, you just need to be open to the concept of fatherhood and all of the challenges and rewards that come with that journey.

Editor's note: A Plus and the distributor of One Last Thing share a parent company, Chicken Soup for the Soul LLC.

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