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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Friendship is always better than greed.
Positive Role Models
As a fantasy story, the characters generally do not veer far from the archetypes they have been given.
Violence & Scariness
A butler has his hand slammed and shoved by a door pushed by two kids. A woman who has been possessed by a banshee carries a pitchfork and pokes it in and around hay where two kids are hiding from her inside a barn. A woman who has been possessed by the spirit of a banshee frequently speaks in what could be deemed a frightening voice as her eyes turn green and she makes assorted threats at those around her. A character threatens another character that they will poke their eyes out and put them in eggs.
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"Damn fool kids."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink wine and brandy at dinner, but do not act intoxicated.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Last Leprechaun is a 1998 movie about a leprechaun and two kids who try to thwart the evil plans of a greedy butler and a frightening woman who is possessed by a banshee. The banshee woman is the biggest concern -- especially for younger viewers -- as she is quite frightening, and coupled with shrieking and howling cheesy audio effects, you have a nightmare in the making for sensitive viewers. Aside from this, the butler is fond of eating bugs he comes across while in barns, for no discernible reason. There's also a healthy dose of comedic pratfalls -- characters falling out of windows, falling into pig troughs, and flinging each other in the face with food. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
THE LAST LEPRECHAUN is marred by cheesy audio special effects and over-the-top acting, especially in the case of Veronica Hamel. She shrieks and moans and howls her way through her role of a greedy woman possessed by a banshee. Much of the movie, in fact, seems over the top. Why does the butler eat roaches while in the barn? Why are there so many pratfalls? Why the food fights? It all seems done just to provide shock value to keep the audience engaged through a subpar story.
Speaking of: While the storyline should be easy to follow, quite often, it isn't. A butler brings a banshee back to life in the form of his boss, and she wants to sell land to energy interests while brainwashing her husband-to-be while trying to scare away her husband-to-be's children, while a leprechaun gallivants about and has gold stashed away somewhere, and the kids must convince their father that his fiance is actually a banshee. Something like that. It's a lot to take in, with no real payoff, and everything about the acting and special effects make this one difficult -- if not impossible -- to care one way or the other how it all, predictably enough, ends.
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