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Last Ounce of Courage

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Amateurish drama opposes the "War on Christmas."

Movie PG 2012 101 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

Great message

As the mother of a current military officer and daughter, granddaughter, aunt and sister of military veterans, I think this message is VERY PERTINENT today and I think it needs to be heard. I know it’s considered a “Christmas movie” but, it is relevant for 4th of July as well because it’s about freedom. I share this movie and it’s message with everyone I can. Thank you fir this movie/message.
age 10+

Great Movie

Awesome wholsome movie. There was some mild violence, however no blood.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

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.

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