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Review: The Last of Robin Hood 

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Errol Flynn, famed for his swashbuckling roles onscreen and his enthusiastic love life offscreen, is feeling a bit glum. His latest girlfriend is out with people her own age. Turning to a sympathetic friend, Flynn wistfully says, "I'm too old for her, but she's not too young for me."

How clever. How quotable. But wait, it turns out that Flynn was 48 when he started dating the ... are you ready ... 15-year-old girl. Defending himself to the girl's mother, Flynn points out that he was led to believe she was 18. Mom assisted with the deception to help her daughter break into showbiz.

Mom didn't object to her daughter spending time with Flynn. She only got upset when she found out they were having sex. After Flynn uses his carefully cultivated British accent (he was born in Tasmania, Australia) to charm/bribe her, she settles down. The affair goes on.

The Last of Robin Hood (a reference to one of Flynn's most well-known roles) should have been a meaty film. Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland wrote and directed the movie and they did interesting work on the 2001 feature The Fluffer and the fine 2006 Sundance award-winning Quinceañera.

Kevin Kline stars as Flynn, and who is better equipped to play the part than the suave-on-demand veteran actor? Former child star Dakota Fanning co-stars as young Beverly Aadland, and the reliably wonderful Susan Sarandon plays her stage mother, Florence.

With that level of talent my expectations were high, but the film knocked them down in short order. It's is a low-budget production and it shows. Many of the sets look like sets — too flat, too clean. Rear-screen projection is used unconvincingly in driving scenes.

The flatness of the visuals is also apparent in the script. There are moments of interest, but not enough, and the characters are what you would expect and nothing more. Young Beverly is a determined girl, but she is a work-in-progress and, by definition, unfinished. Fanning does what she can with her character, but is given scant wiggle room.

I thought Kline would waltz away with the movie, but he is constrained by the structure of the screenplay. The film is largely based on a tell-all book written by Beverly's mother after Flynn's death, and for much of the time, we observe Flynn through her eyes. Between the point-of-view and the fact that the film covers the last two years of Flynn's life, we see the star as a shadow of himself, albeit a horny one.

Sarandon gets the richest part and uses her skills, including those remarkable eyes, to make the mother as nuanced as possible. Alas, her part is only a little juicier than the others, and it doesn't help that no one on the production team noticed how much Florence looks like Mama in Mama's Family. Between the flat sets, the flat characters and Sarandon's appearance, The Last of Robin Hood plays like a long sketch from The Carol Burnett Show with statutory rape instead of jokes.

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The Last of Robin Hood
Rated R · 94 min. · 2014
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Official Site: lastofrobinhoodmovie.tumblr.com
Director: Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland
Writer: Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland
Cast: Dakota Fanning, Susan Sarandon, Kevin Kline, Sean Flynn, Max Casella, Matt Kane, Bryan Batt and Jane McNeill
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Creative Loafing Charlotte The Last of Robin Hood: Hoodwinked Rating: *1/2 by Matt Brunson 09/12/2014
Portland Mercury A Master Class in Pedophilia The Last of Robin Hood: Lolita it ain't. by Wm. Steven Humphrey 09/03/2014
Creative Loafing Atlanta Down and out like Flynn 'The Last of Robin Hood' tells the story of film star's final affair by Andrew Alexander 09/05/2014
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Connect Savannah Review: The Last of Robin Hood The film focuses on the event that defined the final years (1958-1959) of Errol Flynn's (Kevin Kline) life: his relationship with 18-year-old Beverly Aadland (Dakota Fanning). by Matt Brunson 09/09/2014
Memphis Flyer The Last Of Robin Hood Kevin Kline, Dakota Fanning, and Susan Sarandon star in a story of Old Hollywood scandal. by Chris McCoy 09/11/2014
Westword The Last of Robin Hood Deconstructs Errol Flynn's Final Romance If older-man/younger-woman matchups make a lot of people uncomfortable, the older-man/much-younger-woman combo tends to make them apoplectic. It would be impossible for Nabokov to publish Lolita today, now that all of life, and all of art, must be arranged, categorized and restricted as a way of protecting not just our... by Stephanie Zacharek 09/04/2014

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