A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Pretty straightforward case of heroes vs. villains, with the former offering help to a stranger and facing danger in order to set things right.
Positive Role Models
Main character is gunslinger Billy, who, even though he does a good deed, doesn't defy expectations and is living with a dark past (he has a murder record). Other characters come across as kind and helpful, agreeing to help in the deadly showdown to protect Jocelyn.
Characters are primarily White men. One Native American supporting character (sometimes referred to as a "squaw" by a close-minded character); she's one of the kindest characters, treating everyone at the station like a welcome guest. Another supporting character is an independent-ish White woman, but she doesn't have much screen time. The only other female character, Jocelyn, is poorly written as damsel in distress who can barely function on her own and apparently needs a man to survive.
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Violence & Scariness
Guns and shooting. Characters killed. A man roughly grabs a woman; she bites him, and he slaps her, hard (she falls down). Explosion. Dialogue describing violent events ("pistol-whipped a boy and threw him in the well").
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing. Sex-related dialogue.
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Uses of "s--t," "goddamn," "bastard," "damn," "hell," "shut up," "floozy," "son of a ... ."
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Products & Purchases
A Folger's coffee can is displayed during one scene.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink whiskey, getting drunk, at a wedding. A character regularly has a cigar dangling from his mouth.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Last Shoot Out is a low-budget Western about heroes trying to protect a damsel in distress from murderous villains. It looks good, but it's talky and static and not very exciting. Violence/action includes guns and shooting, an explosion, deaths, and some blood. A man roughly grabs a woman; she bites him, and he slaps her, knocking her down. You can also expect a bit of kissing, romance, and a subtle line of dialogue about sex (reference to consummating a marriage). Language includes "s--t," "goddamn," "bastard," and a few other words. In one scene, three characters drink whiskey and seem to be getting drunk, and a character regularly has a cigar dangling from his mouth. 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 low-budget Western looks great, with its minimal use of the lonely station, a stagecoach, and a horse and wagon, but it's also a bit too talky and low-key, with minimal action and little spark. Directed by the prolific Michael Feifer, Last Shoot Out treads very familiar ground, from its mismatched collection of characters (Stagecoach, The Tall T) to its single location (Man of the West, Old Henry), but it still feels listless, as if it's shrugging to acknowledge that it failed to come up with anything new. For the first two-thirds, everything is covered by dialogue -- which is frequently repeated -- adding to the movie's passive quality.
Feifer seems to have an appreciation for the sights and sounds of the Western genre, and his camera revels in rich details. The well-worn grooves of some of the character types tend to work, including the easy repartee between Billy and Red. A character named Twigs (Jay Pickett) adds an interesting wrinkle; he works for the villains but has a past with Billy. But top-billed Dern is barely in the movie (he's an advertising device), and a romantic subplot between Jocelyn and Billy is senselessly, forcefully shoehorned in. When the action finally kicks in, it's too little, too late, and Last Shoot Out leaves off with a whimper rather than a bang.
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