The Last Song

  • Review Date: March 22, 2010
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 107 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Sweet Miley Cyrus drama depicts first love, family troubles.
  • Review Date: March 22, 2010
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 107 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Love transforms even the most hardened souls, though it’s not always
enough to sustain marriages. But forgiveness helps bridge the gap. Also:
Happy families might only appear that way, so it’s best not to judge
from appearances. And music can bring you joy.

Positive role models

While initially not a great role model, Ronnie ultimately comes around.
When she arrives in town she’s been arrested for shoplifting and though
she’s been accepted at a prestigious music conservatory, she plans on
not going. She’s also disrespectful of her parents, especially her
father. However, she’s the one who changes the most in the movie,
softening and finding the will to forgive. Other characters include a
young girl who appears willing to stay in a relationship that clearly
devalues her; her boyfriend who manhandles her; and two young men who’ve
helped destroy a neighbor’s reputation. All but one learn their lesson
in the end.

Violence

A boy takes a crowbar and tries to hit another with it during a fight.
He also menaces his girlfriend and manhandles her. A local is suspected
of arson.

Sex

More talk than action. One character discusses another’s conquests. Some
passionate kissing, and a guy makes a pass at another even though he
has a girlfriend.

Language

Some uses of ”bitch,” but much of the dialogue is only slightly salty:
“pissed,” “brat,” “suck.” Also, a couple uses of "God" as an exclamation.

Consumerism

Some signage for Mobil gas stations, restaurants.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

No drug use, though one scene shows teenagers drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this sweet-but-sad and fairly predictable
coming-of-age story will likely appeal to hordes of Miley Cyrus’ young fans, but it's best for older tweens and teens thanks to the heavy topics of divorce,
abusive relationships, and death. The romance (including some
passionate kissing) will send fans hearts a-flutter, and a tear-jerking
storyline will leave them surprisingly moved. There’s little swearing
("bitch") and some sexual banter, but most everything’s pretty
clean-cut.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Sent along with her younger brother to spend the summer on Tybee Island
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Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Miley Cyrus won’t be winning any acting awards anytime soon. Her
delivery is rat-a-tat, and she operates in two modes -- pouting and not.  But despite rote dialogue and plot swerves one could spot a mile away, Cyrus
manages to seem authentic, especially in scenes with Kinnear and
Hemsworth, with whom she shares incredible chemistry.

It's their chemistry that rescues THE LAST SONG from disaster,
actually -- Hemsworth has great charisma and good instincts -- and the
gorgeously photographed locale helps too. Nicholas Sparks, of The Notebook fame, who
wrote the screenplay, clearly knows how to eke out the tears from
romance. (Cyrus' tween fan base will swoon.) But the movie aspires to be
too many things -- an inspirational movie, a dark family drama, a study
of class conflict -- that it isn't great at any of them. Plus, for a
film starring beloved pop star Cyrus, with the word "song" in its title,
and celebrating the joy of music, it has too-few moments of Ronnie and
her father together at the piano. And that's a pity.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Ronnie’s reaction to her parents’ divorce. Why

  • does she hate her father so much? Why is she unable to forgive him? Is

  • her reaction typical and/or understandable? Does her experience remind

  • you of your experiences or your friends' experiences?

  • Tweens and teens: Do you see Miley Cyrus as a role model? Why or why not? Do you

  • think celebrities make good role models? Do you have any real-life role

  • models -- like family members, friends, or teachers? Do you real-life

  • role models have more or less influence over your thoughts and decisions

  • compared to celebs?

  • Is the film’s depiction of first (true) love realistic? How does it

  • change Ronnie?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 31, 2010
DVD release date:August 16, 2010
Cast:Greg Kinnear, Liam Hemsworth, Miley Cyrus
Director:Julie Anne Robinson
Studio:Offspring Entertainment
Genre:Drama
Topics:Music and sing-along
Run time:107 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:thematic material, some violence, sensuality and mild language

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Teen, 14 years old Written bycatwiz97 April 3, 2010
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LOVED IT!! (: I read the book, and it made me cry :'( but books have to be very powerful to make you feel so strongly that you cry, and the person that I went to the movie with cried too!! It was really good and other than maybe...2 bad words, it was great.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Parent of a 8 and 11 year old Written byOhioParent June 18, 2010
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13
QUALITY
 
I try to preview what my daughters watch. This movie was actually very good. I believe that this movie is very powerful in both its messages about love and death. That is why I don't recommend it for under 13 as the manner in which these topics are handled may be too much for 12 and under. I would like my kids to not have to try to understand grown up topics before they need to.
Teen, 15 years old Written bySage_U December 14, 2010
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
Awesome Movie! Very beautiful story made into a very beautiful movie!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models

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