The Last King of Scotland

Movie review by Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Brutal look at the consequences of absolute power. No kids.

R 2006 121 minutes

Parents say

age 18+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 16+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 17+

A harrowing, uncompromising cinematic experience

A harrowing, uncompromising cinematic experience that explores the insidious nature of evil. The main character is meaning good, but he makes a series of disastrous decisions that will have dramatic ramifications on the woman he loves and on himself. Whitaker and McAvoy are mesmerizing: Whitaker is simply hypnotizing, while McAvoy delivers a performance that is worthy of Al Pacino: hectic, nervous, exuding a frantic, desperate energy. They are the main reason I gave the film 4 stars. Don't get me wrong: this is an excellent movie, but unfortunately it never reaches the visceral intensity it is aiming for. It is an incredibly violent movie, with two particularly gruesome sequences that are literally stomach-churning. Even the oldest teen might be disturbed, so be careful.

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Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 18+

Unpleasant Waste Of Time

18+ It's that simple, really. The 15 Rating it received in the UK is another example as to the uselessness of the BBFC these days, and adds more weight as to why it should be disbanded, and a new ratings system should replace it. Some people will pointlessly argue that quick cut photography ALWAYS lessens the impact of violence/harsh scenes...they would be wrong. That's my 2 penneth on that matter. Now, this movie?..too harsh violence-wise for a 15 rating, that's for sure. The sex?...depicted in ways unsuitable for 15 year old eyes...again, a sure thing. Hey, I'm no prude...but the main "hero" is a coward (not human, a coward), and a scumbag. The morality of the way he conducts himself sexually is something that will probably go over most 15 year old heads. Now, some out there are smart - don't get me wrong...but to most people that age hormones come first...so this is why I say the depictions in this film are not good. There's basically no positive messages in this film. Forrest Whittaker is (of course) great...but that doesn't mean the film is! At the end of watching this film I would think you'd feel soiled...and left with the feeling of "Well, that was a unpleasant waste of time." Don't bother with this film imho. Watch something entertaining, or just plain good instead lol.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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