Parents' Guide to

Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Sci-fi violence, strong female characters in thrilling epic.

Movie PG-13 2017 152 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 83 parent reviews

age 8+

A kid appropriate movie. One character is pale and evil. Kid appropriate but not for a little kids

age 13+

Disappointing.

Very disappointed these for one Ray was overpowered and made no sense for her be able to just suddenly be able to use force abilities at all never mind so well without training. Finn, is the worse character in star wars universe ever, even worse then jar jar. And story is terrible just bad, very bad mix of 3 came before sigh got nothing good to say about this.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (83 ):
Kids say (221 ):

Director Rian Johnson delivers a funny, emotional, suspenseful middle-of-the-trilogy installment that will delight fans as it elevates beloved heroes and moves the story forward. The Last Jedi's female characters, from Rey and Leia (Carrie Fisher) to new additions Vice Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern) and Rose (Kelly Marie Tran), are decisive, courageous, and fierce. War hero Holdo puts Poe in his place, commanding the Resistance with assurance and hope. Rose is a sweet addition, going from deferential to confident during her time with Finn. And of course, there's Rey, who learns more in this movie about her connection to the Force and puts everything on the line to give Kylo Ren an opportunity to become Ben again. The men are great, too, particularly Hamill, who portrays Luke with the nuance necessary for a deeply conflicted but wise man who's seen far more death and destruction than anyone should. There's even a cameo from one of his long-gone mentors that's likely to make viewers gasp -- and cheer.

Johnson ups the humor while keeping the action operatic in style. Gleeson's pompous General Hux is hilariously cowardly when dealing with Poe and Kylo Ren. Finn and Rose's adventure to find a master coder at a luxury casino has several buddy-comedy road trip elements, and Chewbacca's interaction with the adorable puffin-like porgs is awww-inducing. The fight scenes range from explosive to up close and personal. Among several standout lightsaber fights, one epic duel is more profound than expected. Despite a few minor missteps (like an odd scene in which Luke milks a large creature with four teats and immediately drinks its milk, or an unnecessary and unexpected quick kiss between two characters who've exhibited zero romantic tension), The Last Jedi beautifully sets up what needs to happen for the forces of good to win.

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