A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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 & Scariness
A car runs into a tree (which then falls on it, injuring no one); an argument leads to punching and flailing.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Frequent (25+) uses of the f-word, in anger and frustration, as well as other profanity ("ass," "s--t," "bitch," "hell").
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking, cigarette-smoking, marijuana smoking.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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