The Last Song
What parents need to know
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
What's the story?
Sent along with her younger brother to spend the summer on Tybee Island
Is it any good?
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
|Theatrical release date:||March 31, 2010|
|DVD release date:||August 16, 2010|
|Cast:||Greg Kinnear, Liam Hemsworth, Miley Cyrus|
|Director:||Julie Anne Robinson|
|Topics:||Music and sing-along|
|Run time:||107 minutes|
|MPAA explanation:||thematic material, some violence, sensuality and mild language|