A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Aside from a brief lesson about trying to protect the planet and a character working to overcome alcohol dependency, no real messages. It's mainly a murder mystery in which very little is at stake and death doesn't mean much.
Positive Role Models
Characters are too silly to be real role models, but Charlie Waldo seems like a genuinely good person, trying to do his part and being generally trustworthy (even if he's said to have had an unruly past).
Two women in large roles, but they're secondary to the two male leads, who are both White. Characters of color appear in small parts: A Black woman works on a TV production, and a Black rapper is a minor character. Latino characters are largely depicted as drug dealers and/or criminals.
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Violence & Scariness
Guns and shooting; characters are shot and killed. Main character attacked while sleeping, beaten several times, hit with iron skillet (twice). Several scenes of punching and fighting. Head-butting. Gory photo of person burned in car crash. Person dragged by someone putting their finger through an earring hole and pulling.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Naked male bottom. Two other shots of suggested naked male bottom. Strong sex-related dialogue. Suggested sex, couple lying in bed afterward. Kissing. Hugging, flirting.
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Extremely strong, with countless uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," "Jesus f---ing Christ," "c--ksucker," "bulls--t," "s--t," "t-ts," "a--hole," "bitch," "bastard," "ass," "twat," "douche bag," "piss off," "jerk me," "moron," "nuts," "hell," "Jesus."
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Products & Purchases
Discussion about Kindle vs. Nook e-readers.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A main character is depicted as being a frequent drinker who's regularly drunk (he can't remember certain events). At the end of the movie, he's working to stay sober. Main character drinks whiskey after being sober. Cigarette smoking. Vaping.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Last Looks is a Hollywood-set comedy/murder-mystery starring Charlie Hunnam as a disgraced former police detective who's reluctantly called back into service. Expect to see guns and shooting; characters are killed, and one is attacked, beaten up, and whacked with an iron skillet. There are also many scenes of punching and fighting, with head-butting, and someone being dragged by his earring hole. A gory photo of a person burned in a car crash is seen. There's a suggested sex scene, with characters lying in bed afterward, plus kissing, sex-related dialogue, and a naked male bottom. Extremely strong language includes "f--k," "s--t," "motherf----r," "t-ts," "a--hole," and much more. A main character is depicted as being a frequent drinker who's regularly drunk. More social drinking, cigarette smoking, and vaping are also shown. The movie is very slight, with nothing much at stake, but it's consistently amusing and worth a look for mature viewers. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This comic detective story ranks several notches below others of its ilk, but it's bright, spirited, and well-told, with an appealing approach to its laid-back, kooky humor and silly characters. Veteran TV writer Howard Michael Gould adapted his own 2018 novel -- the first of three Charlie Waldo books so far -- and has created a fun character for Last Looks who'd be worth seeing again. Hunnam plays Charlie as a zenned-out guy who's largely unaffected by the craziness around him. In one sequence, while in L.A., he gets a phone call from a mysterious voice telling him to meet in his trailer. In a montage, he gets on his bike, rides, catches a bus, rides some more, stops to pee, and finally arrives at his trailer, only to get punched in the face (again). Yet it barely perturbs him. Then, the same montage, in reverse, to get back to L.A.
Other characters are just as fun, including a criminal who's written an epic poem and a rapper called "Swag Doggg" (Method Man), who's celebrated for his innovative use of an extra "g." Even Gibson -- his off-screen troubles notwithstanding -- clearly has a ball playing an English dandy who plays a drawling Southern judge on a hit TV show and manages both accents swimmingly. If the movie has a downside, it's that the comedy glosses over the actual murder, and there seems to be no realistic reaction to the death. Nothing really seems to matter. Alistair's young daughter doesn't even seem to mourn her mother. But as a minor whodunit with some genuine giggles, Last Looks is still worth a glance.
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