Last Christmas

Movie review by Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Musically inspired romcom has big heart; language, innuendo.

PG-13 2019 102 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 17 reviews

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age 16+

Good movie but some language issues to be aware of

There is one scene that shows some adults conversing about how a mans private part is the same as the name Dick, and about being nailed to a mans private part. In another scene a character gets pooped on by a bird and she uses the "s" word to describe the bird and what it's doing several times.

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age 2+

It's a shame for Emma Thompson to accept a role like this.

The film begins in Yugoslavia in 1999 with a children's choir song in English. That would be Ok for a Hollywood love comedy. Still, with Emma Thompson in the front row of the audience, a children's choir in Yugoslavia would be expected to sing in Serbian (Croatia had already separated from Yugoslavia at the time). A siren and a bomb would also be expected to be heard, as NATO bombed Yugoslavia in 1999. The siren was not heard, the children's choir finished the song in English. The plot moves to London, where Emma Thomson utters sentences in Slovak ( the Czech Republic and Slovakia are pretty far from Yugoslavia, and Slovakian sounded quite weird there, or it is the quality of movie where it is just not important which of East European languages is uttered - as long as it sounds exotic). After that, Emma Tomoson, whose identity has still not been established - but something like from the former Yugoslavia, possibly a Croat (because is it more socially acceptable than being a Serb?), got scared of the KGB. As people with basic education know, the KGB belonged to the Soviet Union and had nothing to do with Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia was not even a part of the Eastern Bloc. ..and who, except Emma, could be scared of KGB 1999??! The role of Emma Thompson is shamefully stretched further, where she tries to establish the identity of a Croat (who fled Yugoslavia in 1999?! She fled from NATO bombs? She could not escape to Croatia?!) I loved Emma Thomson and was expecting a wonderful Christmas movie like "Love Actually," but this movie is not watchable. It is a shame for Emma Thompson to accept such a role.

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