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The Last Summer

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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So-so teen romcom has cursing, alcohol, sex.
  • NR
  • 2019
  • 109 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Promotes working hard to reach goals and not settling for expectations of others. Values honesty, open communication, forgiveness, self-confidence.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Two lead characters value integrity and are motivated, smart, supportive of others, appreciative of what they have. He makes mistakes, attempts to correct them; she learns about forgiveness. Other characters are either solid, positive role models (i.e., Alec, Audrey) or en route to finding their better selves. Some comic stereotyping (ditzy rich airhead, playboy, religious girl, nerdy boys). Ethnic diversity throughout.

Violence
Sex

Kissing, sexual activity shot delicately -- head shots, kissing, bare shoulders, post-sex cuddling. Other sexual situations include an eager playboy on the make, adult infidelity, two male teens having sex for the first time with adult women. Skimpy bathing suits, sexual conversation, references to condoms and breast augmentation.  

Language

Profanity includes "blow him," "penis," "crap," "bulls--t," "boobs," "boner," "butt-ass naked," "douche bag," and one instance of "f--k."

Consumerism

Vicodin. Lem's and Smoque's -- both Chicago barbeque restaurants.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Teens consume beer in multiple party scenes and consume hard liquor in a bar. An adult is drunk. A parent is heavily under the influence of Vicodin. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Last Summer is a Netflix teen romantic comedy. A group of graduating high school seniors have life-changing experiences during their "last" summer before moving on to college and/or the rest of their lives. The two lead characters are a budding filmmaker and a musician. Connected by friendships, others in the crew have tales to tell as well. Romance and sexuality (including "first times") are integral to their stories. While there's no nudity, there is revealing clothing (bikinis) and lots of sexual conversation (condoms, infidelity). Characters kiss, embrace, and engage in foreplay in one intimate scene (shown in head shots, with bare shoulders). Other sexual activity is implied rather than explicit. Viewers can expect swearing, including "butt-ass naked," "s--t," "boner," "crap," "blow me," "penis," and one use of "f--k." Underage drinking (beer) occurs at numerous parties. In one instance, an adult is drunk; in another, a parent is heavily under the influence of Vicodin. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDdog 45 May 9, 2019

13 and up

I thought besides the little bit of language, including a few uses of sh*t, ass, bitch, blow me, and a few other crude words the is no violence what so ever and... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old May 10, 2019
I think that there was some teen concepts, but 12 year olds are 7th graders in middle school too, so I think 12 is a good age.

What's the story?

Griffin (KJ Apa) and Phoebe (Maia Mitchell) fall in love in THE LAST SUMMER. Though Phoebe wants to focus on making a short film that will help her earn a scholarship, Griffin is smitten and persistent. It's a good thing, until family issues threaten to mess up their relationship. In other intercut stories: Alec (Jacob Latimore) and Erin (Halston Sage), hoping to make their college separation less painful, decide to break up early, with mixed results. Two geeky, socially inept graduates, Reese (Mario Revolori) and Chad (Jacob McCarthy), resolve to make up for lost time -- especially with girls -- and find themselves in a situation that's way over their heads. Audrey (Sosie Bacon), distressed that she's only wait-listed at her college "safety school," finds a job taking care of a child actress whose mom is problematic; for Audrey, that is life-changing.

Is it any good?

Some engaging performances and thoughtful storylines get lost in this mixed bag of overpopulated teen clichés, one-note characters, and silly situations. Teen viewers can decide for themselves whether or not the characters and the situations ring true. The most original relationship -- between an insecure teen and the little girl she cares for -- results in truly meaningful growth for both of them. When two socially stunted smart boys launch affairs with grown-up women, it's both funny and unsavory, just as it would have been if it were young girls being seduced by older men. The central romance between Griffin and Phoebe is predictable yet satisfying. Unfortunately, the "boy-loses-girl" segment raises the issue of kids dealing with parents' infidelity, a sensitive topic that is given little attention here. Too many stories, so little time.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the underage drinking in The Last Summer. It appears to be a given here that folks in their late teens consume alcohol at parties and other social events. Do you think that media (particularly films like this one) contribute to an overall casual attitude about teen drinking? Were there any consequences for the kids? 

  • Think of some of the stereotypes in this movie: the airhead rich girl, the nerdy smart boys, Lilah's "stage mother." Do you think stereotyping is OK when it's meant to be funny? Why or why not? Do you think even comic stereotypes normalize such caricatures?

  • What is meant by the statement "I need you to not judge my version of success." Why is that a meaningful concept? 

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