|The Last Straw|
|Directed by||Giles Walker|
|Music by||Robert Lauzon|
|Edited by||David Wilson|
The Last Straw is a Canadian comedy film, released in 1987. Directed by Giles Walker and written by Walker and David Wilson, the film is a sequel to the films The Masculine Mystique and 90 Days.
In The Last Straw, Alex (Sam Grana) and Laura (Fernanda Tavares) are now running the sperm donation business proposed in 90 Days, while Blue (Stefan Wodoslawsky) and Hyang-Sook (Christine Pak) are ready to start a family but have discovered that Blue is infertile. Alex becomes embroiled in international espionage when foreign countries are willing to pay millions of dollars or even to commit kidnapping because his sperm is so highly prized, while Blue's infertility places a strain on his relationship with Hyang-Sook.
The film was originally announced in 1986 as being slated to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 1987, although it did not do so and instead premiered at the 1987 Festival of Festivals. A short preview teaser was however screened at the Berlin International Film Festival.
The film was less well received by critics than 90 Days. Ron Base of the Toronto Star wrote that the film "lacks any of the humor or insight into life and love in the urban '80s possessed by its predecessor", while The Globe and Mail wrote that while the film "strives vigorously to be demented, farcical and surreal in the Monty Python mode", it succeeded only in being farcical, and that the film's climax "chops an already ragged premise into a celluloid shower".
- "Comedy on artificial insemination travels in bizarre world". Kingston Whig-Standard, September 10, 1987.
- "90 Days sequel set for Cannes". Ottawa Citizen, July 12, 1986.
- "Perspective Canada lineup announced: 90 Days sequel picked for festival". The Globe and Mail, July 23, 1987.
- "French-Canadian films make mark at Berlin festival: But where is English cinema?". The Globe and Mail, March 6, 1987.
- "Hits far outweigh the misses in showcase of Canadian films". Toronto Star, September 10, 1987.
- "Mini Reviews: The Last Straw". The Globe and Mail, October 2, 1987.
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