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Last Christmas | 2019 | PG-13 | – 4.3.5

content-ratingsWhy is “Last Christmas” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “language and sexual content.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a few implied sex scenes, a few kissing scenes and discussions of sexual orientation and relationships; a man is struck by a car and we see a couple of ER scenes, a woman has several accidents without injuries, several arguments, scenes of homeless people at a shelter, and the aftermath of a break-in at a store; and at least 1 F-word and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


An aspiring singer and George Michael fan (Emilia Clarke) is also selfish and can be destructive and has just recovered from a chronic ailment. Suffering the consequences of several bad decisions, she’s working as an elf at a year-round Christmas store in London when she meets a cheerful man (Henry Golding), who seems just a tad too good to be true. Also with Emma Thompson, Michelle Yeoh, Lydia Leonard and Rebecca Root. Directed by Paul Feig. A few phrases and a song are spoken in a Yugoslavian dialect without translation and a conversation is spoken in that language with English subtitles. [Running Time: 1:42]

Last Christmas SEX/NUDITY 4

 – A woman meets a man one night and the camera cuts to his bedroom in the morning when the woman lies under bed covers (we see her bare shoulders) and he is clothed (sex is implied). A man and a woman peek out of a partially opened door as she buttons her shirt and he is puts on shoes (sex implied).
 A man and a woman begin to kiss at an ice rink, but are interrupted by a night watchman and leave. A woman asks a man, “Can we lie down?” and she lies down clothed and he covers her with a blanket; she complains that he was supposed to lie down with her, he replies, “This is close enough for now,” and they kiss for several seconds, she falls asleep, and we see her alone in the morning. A man and a woman kiss for several seconds on a park bench. In two scenes, a man and a woman stand in a gift shop and stare at each other, smiling; we later hear that they are dating.
 A woman showers (we see her bare shoulders) in a man’s apartment and we hear another woman’s voice off-screen as the woman in the shower opens the curtain and both women scream; the second woman shouts, “Did you shag him?” and the camera cuts to the first woman, clothed, exiting the apartment as her suitcase is thrown out of the door after her (she is not struck).
 At a family dinner of two women and their parents, one of the women reveals that her sister is gay and living with a female partner and the sister becomes angry; the parents say nothing. At a family dinner, a lesbian couple attends together and a woman says the dessert they made is lesbian pudding. A woman tells a younger woman, “All you seem to think about is sex.” A woman asks another woman if she has had sex with her boyfriend and the answer is “No.” A woman asks a man if he is gay or married and he says no. A man says that an older woman knitting on a park bench runs a brothel (we never see this).
 A woman hides behind a man on a sidewalk (he’s holding his coat wide open) while she changes her shirt and skirt; two men walk by, applaud and wolf whistle (we see the woman fully clothed); in a flashback we see her tucking in her shirt. A woman wears a V-neck top in three scenes that reveals cleavage; in one of the scenes, we see a surgical scar on the sternum and a man touches it for a few seconds. An elderly man wears knee-shorts that reveal his legs in a brief scene. A woman appears with a large abdomen and a visible outline of a protruding belly button in her long knit shirt, and we hear that she is pregnant; we later see her holding a baby.


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Last Christmas VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 – A man is shown riding a bicycle at night as a truck runs broadside into him, pushing him out of the frame and we see the victim rushed on a gurney through a hospital corridor, unconscious and with a breathing tube down his throat; the camera cuts to a frightened-looking woman being rushed down a corridor on a gurney, with an oxygen tube in her mouth and we then see an aerial view of the man lying unconscious on a surgical table and then to an aerial view of the woman, still awake, lying on a surgical table in another room as the sequence ends.
 A man accosts an older couple on a bus as they are speaking a Slavic language; he shouts, “Speak English or leave my [mild obscenity deleted] country!” and when he leaves the bus, a woman speaks to the couple in their own language, welcoming them to the UK. Two women argue several times at work and in one scene one woman threatens to fire the other woman. A woman angrily hits a stuffed deer in a toy display. Four adults at a dinner table argue for several seconds. Two women argue for a few seconds. A man and a woman speak for a few moments in a park, become tearful and the man walks away. A man and a woman argue and the woman leaves angrily. A woman tells a man she had a heart attack in her early twenties and, “They took out my heart and I don’t know what they put back. I nearly died.” A news report on TV shows a large Brexit protest march.
 A woman rushes across a street and two cars honk while avoiding hitting her. A woman visits an apartment for sale and faints; a man bends over her and asks if she’s alright as she comes to and gets up (she is uninjured). In a couple of scenes a woman skating on an ice rink falls and slides, but is uninjured. A woman drops a small electric appliance into an aquarium and electrocutes a large fish as sparks fly and the lights go out. A woman accidentally sits on a 3D paper sculpture. A woman lights a match and unintentionally sets fire to a large wooden model ship that burns in tall flames. A woman falls onto a large pile of grimy garbage bags on a sidewalk and her hands get dirty. A woman walks out of her apartment after presumably drinking some wine and talks to a man, slurring her words a little and goes with him to his apartment, where she falls into a sitting position on the floor, but is unharmed. A man jokingly forms an image of a gun with his fist and two fingers.
 Long lines of homeless people wait outside a homeless shelter, while the inside is filled with people having a meal; we see a man using a wheelchair, another man has no legs and rides a skateboard on the floor, and a woman leans heavily on a cane as she stands in one place. A Christmas store is in disarray after a break-in with large stuffed and plastic animals lying in piles on the floor and we see a smashed-out glass door panel.
 A woman looks up at a building and we see and hear bird defecation hit her in the eye as she yelps and the scene ends (we see some of the goo on her face).


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Last Christmas LANGUAGE 5

 – At least 1 F-word and 1 word that sounds like an F-word, 9 scatological terms, 10 anatomical terms, 13 mild obscenities, name-calling (weird, middle class do-gooders, lazy, crazy, stupid, old baggage, psycho, party girl, Bono, Mother Theresa), exclamations (shut- up), 12 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh God, Oh My God, For God’s Sake, Jesus Christ, Jesus). | profanity glossary |


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Last Christmas SUBSTANCE USE

 – A woman asks for sleeping medication from her doctor, who says she does not need it. A woman in a pub sips a glass of beer and a man holds a glass of beer, a woman in a pub drinks most of a pint of beer in close-up, a woman pours a glass of wine in an apartment and does not drink it, a woman holds a half full glass of wine at a bar while three men standing nearby hold glasses of beer and one of the men offers her another drink (she declines), a woman visits a health professional with her mother who reports that the daughter “drinks like a pirate” and the medic tells the daughter to drink less alcohol, four glasses of wine are seen on a table during a family dinner and a man drinks from a sherry glass, a woman and an older woman drink shots of green alcohol at an outdoor market, and a woman leaves a bottle of wine on another woman’s doorstep.


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Last Christmas DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Traumatic illness, mental health issues, bad decisions, making amends, falling in love, failed relationships, friendship, family, how to be single and happy, loneliness, loss, grief, sorrow, regret, developing optimism, death, ideas about the afterlife, helping others, community involvement, acceptance, diversity, racism, immigration.

Last Christmas MESSAGE

 – When you’re depressed, get help, and look up and find something positive.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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