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Last Action Hero

action & adventure, comedy, sci-fi & fantasy

Superstar Schwarzenegger bursts through the screen as a bigger-than-life movie hero in this non-stop over-the-top adventure.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Arnold spoofs action movies, adds more violence.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this spoof/critique of action films has itself an excessive amount of violence, explosions, and killings. While kids may love this, the sheer number of people who are killed or plotted to be killed (at least 15) make it too much for younger kids. Jack's son is killed and daughter kidnapped, and Danny nearly dies as well. Jack is shot and nearly dies, bubbling up blood from his mouth. Also, several characters smoke.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the critique this film makes of action films. List some of the differences between the movie world and the real world. What does this film tell you about the world the movie industry creates? How realistic is it? At times, do you believe that the movie world is an accurate depiction of the real world? Why? When?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: It makes more than its share of missteps, yet the core of this action lampoon delivers a decent portion of laughs and mischief, giving Schwarzenegger and McTiernan an occasion to make fun of themselves while raising a little hell.

- Brian Orndorf,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Entertaining yet thoroughly uneven...

- David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Rotten: Joyless, tastelss, and soulless, Last Action Hero can't decide if it's an actioner, a comedy or a spoof.

- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

I really don't understand why this movie gets so much flack, it's really a great idea and fun critique of Hollywood movies. Maybe it was too ahead of its time and maybe it still is, but I enjoyed it a lot. Arnold Schwarzenegger was extremely brave and humble to joke about himself and the movies he tends to be in, just a testament to someone who appreciates all they have. All the cameos and film references are some great touches and I love the cheesy over the top sequences and dialogue. I think the overall message is good; while Hollywood isn't an accurate representation of the world, it's still an important part of our culture and a way for us to see life as we wish it was.

- ythelastman89, Sunday, May 16, 2010

3 stars

"Dracula huh? I can get King Kong! We'll have a nightmare with Freddy Krueger, have a surprize party for Adolf Hitler, Hannibal Lecter can do the catering, and then we'll have christening for Rosemary's Baby!" Ridiculously cheezy, no brainer movie. A few witty lines and a whole lot of corny ensembles. Come on, its a kiddie Shwarzenegger movie! What more can you expect? Recommendation: Just wait for it to be shown on TV, dont rent it and dont even try to buy it. Arnold looks soo much like Duke Nukem in this, lol!

- Gx7, Tuesday, November 17, 2009

2 stars

Another real person stepping into a movie screen, movie characters stepping out into the real world plot device. I don't think the main kid character hold the picture together very well. I don't care for the action. Schwarzenegger and the villain are sooo cartoonish. The concept is not carried out very well from my adult perspective, but I know there is an audience for it.

- hypathio7, Tuesday, September 29, 2009