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The Last of the Mohicans

By Carly Kocurek, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Violent historical drama. Not for young kids.

Movie R 1992 125 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 10+

Not as violent as being portrayed.

Last of the Monica's is a must see movie. Zero stars for positive message is absurd. This movie details the struggles of frontier life during the French Indian war and does a great job depicting the pain and brutality faced by all involved. There is honor, sacrifice (British soldier gives his life for a woman), love, mercy and history...all worth talking about. War is not glammerized and the battle scenes are chaotic and raw. The complaints regarding the violence is way overblown and probably less than that of Lord of The Rings. I would reserve a 5 rating for saving private Ryan or braveheart, which are far more violent. I would recommend skipping the kissing scene as it is passionate though. First half is a little slow. Last 30 minutes is as good as a movie can get. Music is mesmerizing.
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age 13+

Intense, and well it should be. Excellently moral, yet believable.

While this film was undeniably violent, it was not distastefully so in my opinion. War on the Colonial American frontier was a gentlemen's war in the European tradition, but it was a war for men and women of true character, strength, and grit. The morality of the good men and the treachery of the evil were clearly contrasted. The theme is plain: the right wins in the long run, but at a great cost. The frequent, but only occasionally graphic scenes of fighting and death of men and women on both sides serves to drive this message unforgettably. I personally found the suicide scene beautiful, but it may be grounds for a bit of discussion on the topic. Finally, there are in other reviews references to a man being burned at the stake. This is a terrible scene, but it is one of redemption, when one man sacrifices himself for another whom he has previously wronged. Again, the portrayal of the violence of the act lends the message immeasurably more force. The one kissing scene is rather long and highly-charged, but it, too, serves to advance the development of the characters without anything I thought gratuitous. It is about as intense as such a scene can get while the characters keep their eighteenth-century frontier clothing on, and might be a little passionate for a few viewers (I don't know your kid.), but, as I said, it's tasteful. Otherwise, the cinematography is generally excellent, Day-Lewis's character in particular stands out for his flawless acting (this is not to say the rest of the actors were lacking), and the plot is generally fairly believable. The thing as a whole is glorious, sad, and triumphant in a restrained and real way.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
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Parents say (12):
Kids say (25):

Director Michael Mann turns James Fenimore Cooper's classic novel into a cinematically beautiful film. The Last of the Mohicans is visually engaging. Lush scenes of the frontier are punctuated by skirmishes, ambushes and battles. In keeping with the book that served as its basis, this movie has a pronounced tendency toward the melodramatic. Overall, though, the film is engaging and elegantly constructed.

The chemistry between Day-Lewis and Stowe is absolutely intoxicating and May does well as the more delicate younger Munro daughter. Younger viewers might find the film dull or difficult to follow. However, teens who enjoy romances may like the film, as might those with an interest in U.S. history.

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