The Last of Robin Hood

  • Review Date: August 27, 2014
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Scandalous May-December romance has sex, language.
  • Review Date: August 27, 2014
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Even if people seem to be in love, there are times when a relationship has such a poor foundation that it can't be healthy. That's the case here when a wealthy, powerful, older man gets involved with a very young teenage girl -- their romance at times seems satisfying to them both, but it's never a partnership of equals.

Positive role models

None of the three main characters are especially good role models. Not the older man who takes advantage of young women, not the teenage girl who gets involved with him in part because it might advance her film career, and not the girl's mother, who's happy to enjoy the older man's wealth and fame, even if it means turning a blind eye to her daughter's situation.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

A much older man becomes involved with a very young teen. He seduces her almost immediately after they meet in an encounter that definitely looks predatory. She doesn't resist or complain, but she doesn't seem very happy about it, either. Other scenes include clear sex sounds, and the couple is later shown in bed, where she's a much more willing participant. The relationship ultimately seems loving and satisfying to them both at times, even though their age difference is so vast that it's not only scandalous but also illegal, and there's always a significant power differential between them. There's no graphic nudity, though the man is shown in one scene playfully prancing around nude (while on drugs), using a hat to shield his genitals.

Language

Occasional swearing, including "c--t," "f--k," s--t," "a--hole," and "bitch."

Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Many characters smoke cigarettes all through the film -- which is accurate for the late-1950s setting. People also have wine, champagne, and other strong drinks. A much older man plies a teenage girl with champagne in an effort to seduce her. One character is said to have an addiction problem and is seen injecting himself with drugs.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Last of Robin Hood centers on a relationship between aging movie star Erroll Flynn (Kevin Kline) and an underage teenage girl (Dakota Fanning). It's a scandalous -- and illegal -- romance, and the film veers between portraying it as predatory and loving. There are some brief scenes of the couple in bed, and sex sounds are heard, though there's no graphic nudity. The girl's age is discussed frequently. Many people smoke cigarettes, as was common at the time the movie takes place (late '50s), and there's also a fair amount of drinking, some drug use, and swearing (including "f--k" and "c--t.")

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What's the story?

Beverly Aadland (Dakota Fanning) was a 15-year-old actress-dancer-singer when she met the mighty Errol Flynn (Kevin Kline), then 33 years her senior. They were introduced at his request, and so began a controversial relationship -- launched dubiously when he forced himself upon her -- that lasted for two years, encouraged by Beverly's mother, Florence (Susan Sarandon). By the time Flynn passes away at the age of 50, Beverly comes to think of him as the love of her life, but theirs is a complex, difficult relationship -- like hers with her mother -- that shapes her forever.

Is it any good?

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For a story rife with scandal, THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD is curiously lacking in energy. Scenes plod along from one to the next, bereft of tension or momentum. It's a shame, especially for Sarandon, who delivers yet another strong, interesting characterization of a compelling, deeply flawed woman. She can do little wrong. Too bad the film as a whole doesn't live up to her performance.

Which brings us to another issue: chemistry. Or the lack thereof between Fanning and Kline (whose portrayal of Flynn is, as is his usual, excellent, if a little removed). We need to understand what kept, not just brought, Errol and Beverly together. But as it stands, we're left to puzzle out the attraction (if any), given the serious lack of heat.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how The Last of Robin Hood depicts love. Was Beverly and Errol's relationship a healthy one? Was it really love? What role does sex play? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.

  • Do you think movies that take place during a time when smoking was common should always include it? Would it feel less accurate if the characters didn't smoke?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 29, 2014
DVD release date:March 3, 2015
Cast:Kevin Kline, Dakota Fanning, Susan Sarandon
Directors:Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Studio:Samuel Goldwyn Company
Genre:Drama
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:some sexuality and language

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Parent Written byDan G. September 12, 2014
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Detailing the Sexual Escapades of a Very, Very, Bad Man

Probably even too much for adults, let alone children of any age. Portrays Errol Flynn (most likely accurately) as an out of control animal who has an insatiable sexual appetite. Insatiable, and perhaps more importantly, he makes absolutely no efforts to try and curb it responsibly. Anyone attending this movie will be exposed to a statutory rape of a 15 year old girl by a 48 year old Errol Flynn, irresponsible, unloving, and selfish sexual activity, nudity, frequent disrespectful talk of sexuality, frequent profanity and crude language, alcohol abuse and illegal drug use. There is good reason this is rated R.
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