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The Last Song

  • Rated PG

comedy


Miley Cyrus shines as the star of this heartwarming coming-of-age movie that will strike your emotional chords.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    20%
  • Audience Score
    65%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 12
Consumerism
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Language
2 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
2 out of 5

Sweet Miley Cyrus drama depicts first love, family troubles.

what 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.

what 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 reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    20%
    reviews counted: 1
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  • Audience

    65%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: 'Clunky, one paced and mostly off key' not only describes Hemsworth's intentionally bad singing in The Last Song but also the film.

- Giles Hardie, Sydney Morning Herald, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

0 star

After watching this I think Im gonna stop watching any flicks that are based on a Nicholas Sparks novel.They all seem to end up the same way,Boy meets girl,They break up a couple different times,Somebody gets a disease or dies,Boy & girl get back together,The end.I cant believe The Last Song didnt go straight to DVD or The Lifetime Channel.Miley Cyrus sucks!

- dukeakasmudge, Monday, October 11, 2010

3 stars

Cast: Miley Cyrus, Greg Kinnear, Liam Hemsworth, Kelly Preston, Bobby Coleman, Hallock Beals, Nick Lashaway, Carly Chaikin, Kate Vernon, Melissa Ordway, Nick Searcy Director: Julie Anne Robinson Summary: Miley Cyrus has top billing as 17-year-old Ronnie Miller, a rebellious former piano prodigy who doesn't hide her hostility after being sent off to spend the summer in Georgia with her estranged father (Greg Kinnear). Rebuffing her dad's attempts to reconnect, the aloof Ronnie begins to thaw when she meets beach volleyball Will Blakelee (Liam Hemsworth). My Thoughts: "OK, so I didn't know very much about the film and I haven't read any of Sparks books, so I watched this knowing little to nothing. But my niece is an avid fan of Cyrus, and knowing that a couple of the movies that have been made based on Sparks books have turned out great, I would give this one a go as well. I am not saying its a bad movie, but its not great either. It falls in between those lines. I have only seen Miley act in one other film and that was the Hannah one (like I said, niece is an avid fan). I assumed that was just how that character was in that film, so it was a fresh look at her in playing this role. She was just OK for me. I think she did better with the father and daughter scenes, but some of her acting seemed off. Like she wasn't connecting with her character. But there is this little boy named Bobby Coleman that plays Jonah, and he steals every scene he is in. He's totally believable in his character. He definitely had me in tears. The movie is of course sad (just like all Sparks books to films). I thought Liam Hemsworth did really good in this as well. Greg Kinnear was great as the father. It's an emotional roller coaster but its worth the rental. Definitely not as bad as some have made it out to be. I think this movie will speak more to the younger crowed.. I remember when I use to be part of that crowed.lol.. Anyways, worth the rental."

- LWOODS04, Saturday, September 11, 2010

0 star

The Last Song is a movie that is supposed to break your achy breaky heart. Yes, I went there. Do you want to know why? It's because this movie sucks as much as that song. This is another melodramatic mess from the Nicholas Sparks cash cow that have permeated news stands and book stores throughout the world. Now I've never read the books, but if they're as bad as the films then America has gone wrong somewhere along the line. The film revolves around Ronnie (Miley Cyrus) who is a rebellious teenager. She is sent to spend the summer with her father (Greg Kinnear) in Georgia. You know what's going to happen, she meets a guy that is not in her class, yet they still fall in love. Aaaaaaawww. But, alas, this is a Nicholas Sparks story- someone is going to die. That's your basic plot in a nutshell. Very simple, seen before, will be seen again as long as Nicholas Sparks can still create sentences. There is one essential problem with The Last Song. One thing turns this movie from a mediocre-average romantic comedy to complete garbage. That problem is Miley Cyrus. You see, she can't act. Not at all. It's not there. Not even close. Whoever told her she could go from her pop bubble gum bullshit to drama like this is an idiot. This is the worst single performance I have seen in years. Years! I would call her acting skills on par with anyone in the original I Spit On Your Grave. That crap may work on the Disney Channel, but in real movies it's called shit. Pure shit. Like I said, take away the Cyrus performance and you have a mediocre movie to begin with. She sends this to oblivion. There's probably a dozen young actresses out there that should have gotten this role, but they don't sell lunch boxes and movie tickets as well. Let's hope Miley's fifteen minutes ends before she soils a movie screen again.

- sononothing, Saturday, August 21, 2010