A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The loss of loved ones is a major theme. Themes like family, friendship, and perserverence, loneliness, and mental health are also present.
Positive Role Models
Monk wants to support his stepdaughter, and is committed to finding her fiancé's killer. It's made clear that his work has helped many people and can potentially help many more.
The main character openly struggles with OCD and is dealing with other mental health issues. There are several secondary Black characters; the new police captain is a Black woman.
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Violence & Scariness
Death, murder and suidal ideations are major themes. A person dies bungee jumping (the impact is not shown, but the screaming prior is) and a man is blown up, but there's no blood or gore. There are written threats.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some minor hugging and kissing between couples. Monk alludes to loving his late wife.
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Words like "hell" are occasionally audible.
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Products & Purchases
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (hard liquor, beer, champagne) is visible. Prescription drugs are discussed; they are seen while contemplating ending a life.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mr. Monk's Last Case: A Monk Movie is a movie sequel to the mystery series Monk (2002-2009). It features the main character solving a case while navigating his OCD in a post-COVID 19 pandemic world. Death, murder, and suicide are major themes, as is the ability to cope with loss. People are shown falling to their death, screaming, and getting blown up, but there's no blood or gore. There are also some positive messages, like friendship, family, love, and helping others. There's an occasional strong word like "hell" uttered, drinking is visible, and references to prescription drugs are also present.
Is It Any Good?
Monk fans will feel nostalgic as an older Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub) finds himself using his smarts to solve a case while doing his best to function in a world he isn't completely comfortable navigating. Mr. Monk's Last Case features the return of some of the original cast members, including Natalie Teeger (Traylor Howard), Randy Disher (Jason Gray-Stanford), Leland Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine), and, of course, his therapist, Dr. Bell (Hector Elizondo). Their presence helps create a comfortable sense of the familiar while delivering the franchise's trademark humor. It's fun, but Mr. Monk's Last Case also contains a fair share of sad moments thanks to Molly's horrific loss and Monk's inability to cope with his own grief and loneliness, the latter which motivates him to plan to end his own life and join his late wife Trudy (Melora Hardin). Ultimately, the sequel manages to deliver a strong message of hope, and those who enjoy the original series will find it entertaining (if not as upbeat).
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