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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Rock musicians and hangers-on are rude, do drugs, and have sex; one character kills himself in the end.
Violence & Scariness
Suicide by shotgun implied at end, body seen (in photos that recall Cobain's death), but act is not.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief nudity, two girls dancing, two boys kissing in bed.
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Very little dialogue, but some use of curse words, including f-word.
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Products & Purchases
Cocoa Rice Krispies, generic mac and cheese.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink, smoke, and take drugs, though the last occurs mostly off-screen, with effects (stumbling, slurring words) visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie focuses on a musician's depressed final days, and he shoots himself at the end, in a sequence featuring images recalling Kurt Cobain's suicide (based on widely circulated police and press photos). Characters use drugs, drink, smoke, and curse casually and frequently (including the "f--k"). The movie contains some sexual imagery and references (a girl in her underwear, two young men having sex, two girls dancing, a male character wearing a slip), and sexual slang. A young man urinates into a river (his back to the camera), carries a shotgun through his house, and passes out more than once. He also appears as a ghost, nude, emerging from and ascending from the corpse of his unhappy self. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A mediation on sadness, desire, and lack of direction, LAST DAYS seems almost to stretch out its minutes. Its rhythms are deliberate, its images lyrical (courtesy of superb cinematographer Harris Savides), its mood alternately somber and droll. While the film moves slowly, its subject is strangely urgent, for you know from the start that this is Gus Van's Sant's much anticipated interpretation of Kurt Cobain's suicide. And so you know that the vulnerable, mumbling Blake will soon be dead. It's only a matter of time.
And yet the film is less depressing than quietly romantic, more emotionally elusive than morally judgmental. For some viewers, this approach to the legendary Cobain will be frustrating, even boring. But it is of a piece with Gus Van Sant's previous two films, Gerry (two young men lost in a desert) and Elephant (inspired by the Columbine High School shootings). That is, its lack of plot and lovely long takes and gently mobile frames reflect Blake's internal state, as he is increasingly dislocated from what appears a generic "rock musician's" existence.
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