The Last Supper is a 1996 Black Comedy film directed by Stacy Title. It stars Cameron Diaz, Ron Eldard, Annabeth Gish, Jonathan Penner and Courtney B. Vance as five liberal graduate school students who invite a string of right-wing extremists to dinner in order to murder them.
Not to be confused with the famous painting of the same name.
This film provides examples of:
- Accidental Murder: The first one, at least. It inspires the others.
- Asshole Victim: How the characters justify the murders. By the end they become some themselves.
- Bittersweet Ending: Norman figures out the main characters' scheme and kills them via Poisoned Chalice Switcheroo, but by that point they've gone so far over the line with their murderous actions that it's very hard to see it as a case of The Bad Guy Wins.
- Black-and-Gray Morality: While the far-rightists the group is pursuing are certainly dicks, it becomes increasingly clear that the students are being far worse than the extremists ever were. We even see their victims becoming less villainous (eventually killing a woman they consider too restrictive about what books should be taught in schools.)
- Deconstruction: Of out-of-control liberalism and political correctness, not to mention of extremism in general.
- Even Evil Has Standards: "The dinners aren't even very good anymore!"
- The Fundamentalist: Among the victims is a homophobic reverend.
- Godwin's Law: "You encounter a young painter by the name of Adolf Hitler."
- Hero Antagonist: A female police officer snoops around the group while investigating the murders. They kill her, too.
- Heteronormative Crusader: Opponents of LGBT rights are among the victims.
- Ignored Epiphany: One of their victims appears to be reconsidering his positions... after he's already been poisoned. But then he brushes that off and lapses back into his hateful rhetoric (to the students' obvious relief).
- Kill Them All: The final scenes imply that Ron Perlman's character switches the poison and kills all the grad students.
- The Last Title: The title.
- Malcolm Xerox: One of the victims is a racist Nation of Islam member.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: The students believe that this is the best way to handle people who they consider morally or ideologically wrong.
- Murder Makes You Crazy
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Ron Perlman's outspoken, cigar-chomping, right-wing pundit is very reminiscent of Rush Limbaugh at the time of filming.
- Not So Different: The whole point of the film is pointing out how the students are being little better than the extremists they believe they're punishing, if not worse.
- Redemption Equals Death: The main characters ended up seeing that they are no different than the people that they are poisoning but they ended up being poisoned by Norman when he figures out their actions.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Extremely cynical.
- Straw Misogynist: One of the victims is a misogynistic rape apologist.
- Villain Protagonist: The characters start out sympathetic, but some begin to slide into villainy pretty quickly. They are pursued by a Hero Antagonist.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist (who kill other Well-Intentioned Extremists)
- Would Hurt a Child: One of the victims the students select is a teenaged Christian girl who they target for believing in abstinence. Mercifully, one of them backs down and takes the kid home, but the profane threats the other students issue to the girl make it clear they were quite willing to kill her.