Evan is a professional author of suicide notes. He meets with his clients, gets a sense of what they want, then asks them to keep a journal of their thoughts for a few weeks, after which Evan produces a poetic, client-customized suicide note for the soon-to-be-departed. He has become so prolific that one of his clients won a national poetry prize for Evan's note; the ever-mordant Evan is quick to add that the prize was, of course, awarded posthumously. Evan enters into a romance with the sister of a recent client, posthumously of course, and that leads to complications.
The cast includes Wes Bentley, Ray Romano and Winona Ryder, who each turn in a good performance. The Last Word, a worthy (if somewhat flawed) example of the screwball comedy school of film-making, was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. However it did not get theatrical release, but instead went stright to DVD - with a release date in April 2009.