Parents' Guide to

Last Chance Harvey

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Midlife love story is sweet, but may not appeal to teens.

Movie PG-13 2009 99 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 13+

Good but not great

The movie's cast is all great: I thought Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson had good chemistry, and the supporting characters do fine themselves. The dialogue was alright in making the connections and relations between the characters, but the simplicity and safeness of the story prevent me from loving "Last Chance Harvey". There are very few uses of foul language (s-words, mostly), and there is social drinking that is never overdone. I would recommend this movie, but I don't think many teens would enjoy it because there are cringe-worthy scenes, and I don't think the story was great. 7.0/10

This title has:

Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 13+

One of those beautifully, rare films you gotta see!

I love love LOVE this movie! First time I saw it I fell in love. And not just for Hoffman, even though he is fantastic as usual. Emma Thompson was adorable! I liked how this movie felt SO realistic, the characters just pull you through the screen and you capture their every emotion. It was very sad yet had it's humorous side which was perfect. I think a lot of tweens and teens will not enjoy this particular film, because it lacks the usual violence and mature themed content that most people enjoy. Although, if you're one of those people who just love a nice, sweet romantic drama than I highly recommend this one. This movie gets 5 shining stars out of five, from me!!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (1):

LAST CHANCE HARVEY plays on a low register but achieves maximum impact with a simple story that feels achingly authentic. As two souls who've lost their way in middle age, Hoffman and Thompson play their characters subtly but with tremendous empathy. And their chemistry is lovely; they're like two puzzle pieces meant to fit together very well.

Kate and Harvey's relationship -- which mostly unfolds in a series of languid walk-and-talks that make the most of the London setting -- is a grown-up pairing that relies less on sizzling sex appeal and more on an unexplainable, but very real, feeling of connection. It's a sweet movie -- a mite predictable, yes, and not exactly groundbreaking, but a joy to watch, even if only to witness two acting masters at work.

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