Last Ounce of Courage

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Amateurish drama opposes the "War on Christmas."
  • PG
  • 2012
  • 101 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The movie encourages viewers to fight for their convictions, even at a cost, but it imparts this message in a way that often feels angry. Other messages, especially those regarding religion, will be interpreted differently by different groups of viewers.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The main character stands up for his beliefs, even in the face of scorn, the loss of his job, and perhaps even jail time. His ideals include freedom of religion and freedom of expression, though sometimes he comes across as very angry.


Brief flashbacks to wartime situations. Some mild arguing.


A woman goes on a date with a man. They're attracted to each other, and there's some mild flirting and kissing.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some background smoking. The character treated as the movie's bad guy smokes a cigar.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Last Ounce of Courage is a drama about what's been referred to as the "War on Christmas." It suggests that Christians are no longer able to celebrate Christmas in a religious way because political forces are bullying them. The movie encourages people to fight back. Content is mild: There are some brief flashbacks to war footage, a little flirting and kissing, and some background smoking (plus an unsympathetic character who smokes a cigar). Viewers already in tune with the movie's message are likely to appreciate its sentiments, but those who aren't may find it angry and heavy-handed.

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Parent of a 1, 6, 8, and 11-year-old Written byThe_Rose_23 October 25, 2012

Great Movie

Awesome wholsome movie. There was some mild violence, however no blood.
Parent of a 4, 8, and 10-year-old Written byElizabethW October 2, 2012

Great Family Movie About Freedom for Older Kids and Parents to Share

This is an EXCELLENT movie to promote freedom. It shows what has happened and what can happen if we aren't willing to take a stand. It encourages viewers... Continue reading

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What's the story?

Fourteen years after his son Thomas died in the Middle Eastern war, distraught father Bob (Marshall R. Teague) gathers for Thanksgiving with his wife, Dottie (Jennifer O'Neill); his teen grandson, Christian (Hunter Gomez); and his widowed daughter-in-law, Kari (Nikki Novak). Watching an old family Christmas video, Christian wonders why Christmas celebrations are no longer so joyous. Bob realizes that, since his son died in the name of freedom, he owes it to Thomas' memory to do something about Christmas. He starts putting up decorations all over town, but opposing political forces soon intervene, threatening Bob to get him to take them down.

Is it any good?

For starters, LAST OUNCE OF COURAGE looks and sounds terrible. Shot on bleak video with a kind of hollow soundtrack, not even the Christmas decorations look festive. The actors struggle with their dialogue, resulting in flat, awkward performances. The filmmakers are clearly more concerned with their message than they are in developing a strong story or characters, and the movie comes across as angry and heavy handed.

Moreover, the message itself is mixed. Bob champions freedom of religion and each person celebrating the holidays in his or her own personal way, but in the end, he seems intolerant of any other faith or way of life except his own. (The most interesting element of the movie is a school play, which tells the Nativity story in an outer space setting, something Last Ounce of Courage clearly disapproves of.) Families that already agree with the filmmakers' ideals may enjoy it, but for others, it's more likely to be exasperating than persuasive.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what different audiences might get out of Last Ounce of Courage. If you're religious, do movies like this one help reaffirm your beliefs or introduce new ones? If you're not religious, what can you learn from them?

  • What are the various ways that different groups celebrate the holiday season? What are your own family's holiday traditions?

Movie details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love holiday fare

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