Slight Hollywood mystery-comedy has drinking, swearing.
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What 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.
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What's the Story?
In LAST LOOKS, disgraced ex-police detective Charlie Waldo (Charlie Hunnam) has taken to living a minimalist lifestyle -- he's vowed to own only 100 things -- in a trailer in the woods. One day, his on-again/off-again lover, private detective Lorena Nascimento (Morena Baccarin), shows up and offers him a job in Hollywood, which he refuses. But then Lorena disappears, and a trade magazine announces that Waldo has taken on the job she was working, so he heads to L.A. to find out what's going on. He meets the murder suspect, popular TV actor Alastair Pinch (Mel Gibson), who's been accused of killing his wife but was too drunk to remember what happened. Waldo decides to take the case, but the deeper he gets into the investigation, the screwier things become.
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.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about Last Looks' violence. How did it make you feel? Was it exciting? Shocking? What did the movie show or not show to achieve this effect? Why is that important?
How is sex depicted? What values are imparted?
How is alcohol depicted? Is it glamorized? Are there consequences? Why does that matter?
What does the movie have to say about natural resources on our planet? Is it a good idea to become a minimalist and only own "100 things"? Why, or why not?
What's your reaction to seeing Mel Gibson in a movie, given his off-screen behavior?
- In theaters: February 4, 2022
- On DVD or streaming: April 12, 2022
- Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Mel Gibson, Morena Baccarin
- Director: Tim Kirkby
- Studio: RLJE Films
- Genre: Comedy
- Topics: Book Characters
- Run time: 111 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: pervasive language
- Last updated: December 2, 2022
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