The Last Kiss

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Cheating, breaking up, making up. Adults only.
  • R
  • 2006
  • 115 minutes

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

Positive Messages

Characters lie, commit adultery, and lash out verbally in anger. Female characters aren't portrayed in the best light; many are shrewish, sexually predatory, clingy, or all of the above.

Violence

A car runs into a tree (which then falls on it, injuring no one); an argument leads to punching and flailing.

Sex

Several sex scenes include couples under covers/in the dark/against walls, as well as nude body parts and sexual movement; a couple appears after sex, shot from above on a bearskin rug (breasts visible); sexy dancing in a club (bodies rubbing); sexual/derogatory slang.

Language

Frequent (25+) uses of the f-word, in anger and frustration, as well as other profanity ("ass," "s--t," "bitch," "hell").

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking, cigarette-smoking, marijuana smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while this film has the shape of a romantic comedy -- young men afraid to commit while their partners are ready -- it's labeled a "dramedy" and includes some unusually explicit sex scenes (naked bodies and some thrusting visible) and language (lots of the f-word, as well as other profanity and sexual slang). The plot follows young men and women (and one set of parents) who can't agree on commitments, with one child and one pregnancy involved. Acting out their disagreements, characters cheat on one another and lie. Characters drink frequently, smoke cigarettes, and, in one scene, share a joint.

User Reviews

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Adult Written bySassy_Lady623 April 9, 2008

Hated it!

This is possibly the worst movie of the year. We left feeling so incrediably depressed, after a seemly good first date. We are fans of Zach Braff, and this mo... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byanonymous3333 April 9, 2008

suprisingly educational

this film should be required viewing for any teenages/young adults thinking about jumping into marriage or kids early. i didn't realize it was an R when i... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bySezyMarie2 April 9, 2008

Whirlwind of Stupidity!

Coming from a Zach Braff fan, I was more than dissapointed with this movie. Not only did this movie have unnecessarily long and thorough sex scenes, but the mov... Continue reading

What's the story?

THE LAST KISS follows four friends facing adult responsibilities and commitments. Feeling as if he's "in crisis," Michael (Zach Braff) typifies the group: His "perfect" girlfriend Jenna (Jacinda Barrett) is unexpectedly pregnant. As Michael sits frozen at her parents' dinner table following her announcement of their good news, his face is plainly panicked, but no one around him sees. Chris (Casey Affleck) is feeling similarly out of control, partly because he's recently had a baby with his wife, Lisa (Lauren Lee Smith). Both Chris and Michael see a nightmare version of themselves in Izzy (Michael Weston), so desperate over his lost love (Marley Shelton) that he begs her to take him back in public (at yet another friend's wedding). They see a kind of ideal in Kenny (Eric Christian Olsen), who brings a different girl home every night. At 29 years old, tending bar in town, long-haired, buff Kenny sees no reason to "grow up." His buddies envy his seeming lack of fear.

Is it any good?

While it features lots of well-acted, loosely connected dramedic sketches-as-scenes, the movie's general direction is all too clear and conventional. Based on Gabriele Muccino's L'Ultimo Bacio (2001), THE LAST KISS makes light of the men's inabilities to speak their concerns and desires, in part by setting them against needy, sometimes sitcommish women. Since the movie mostly takes the boys' points of view, Lisa is never shown without the wailing child on her hip, demanding that Chris help her, because she is -- yet again -- exhausted. From his perspective, she and the baby are almost frightening: They wait outside the bathroom door for his emergence while he hides his face in his hands, worrying at his own resentment. Aside from repeated shots of Lisa-with-baby and Jenna worrying about her parents, who are on the verge of their own break-up after 30 years of marriage, the movie includes a particular temptation for Michael. Lovely, preciously young college student Kim (Rachel Bilson of The O.C.) takes an inexplicable liking to this dour architect, offering herself as his "last chance at happiness."

The men make choices, some poor, some inevitable, while the women wait for them to decide. Michael explains an especially bad decision as a function of his being "afraid." The men will remain afraid, and the women will put up with it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the difficulty of making commitments. How do movies (like this one) promote the stereotype that men resist and women desire commitment (specifically marriage)? What messages does the movie convey about women in general?

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