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Last Night in Soho | 2021 | R | – 7.7.7

content-ratingsWhy is “Last Night in Soho” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “bloody violence, sexual content, language, brief drug material and brief graphic nudity.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes several sex scenes with partial nudity between a young woman and numerous male paying partners, a near sex scene between a young man and a young woman with partial nudity, women wearing skimpy outfits in several scenes, numerous seemingly imagined murders by stabbing with bloody wounds shown on victims, a death by car accident with bloody wounds shown, an implied death in a house fire, and over 20 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


Aspiring to a career as a fashion designer, a young woman (Thomasin McKenzie) moves to present-day London and almost immediately she begins hallucinating about a young woman aspiring to a career as a singer (Anya Taylor-Joy) during the swinging 1960s, who was coerced into prostitution, and then possibly murdered. Also with Matt Smith, Diana Rigg and Aimee Cassettari. Directed by Edgar Wright. [Running Time: 1:56]

Last Night in Soho SEX/NUDITY 7

 – A man and a young woman kiss and lie back on a bed, she raises her legs around his waist and he thrusts (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A young woman enters her dorm room while kissing a young man, she pushes him back onto her bed, removes her shirt (we see her wearing a bra that reveals cleavage, bare abdomen and back) and they kiss (sex is implied); the young woman’s roommate wakes up in a bed in the same room and we see her leave and go to a common area where other people are drinking and dancing. A young man and a young woman kiss, run along sidewalks holding hands and into a rooming house where they continue kissing and lie on her bed where he thrusts briefly before she screams and pushes him away (we see his bare legs and partial boxer briefs; please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A young woman imagines a man arranging to have sex with her; she runs away from the men and walks through a dressing room, where she sees other women having sex with men (one woman performs oral sex on a man as he stands and her head moves at his groin).
 A man enters a room where a young woman lies on a bed and he is seen wearing a shirt and briefs as he approaches her and touches her hip; it seems to be a hallucination, and the young woman recoils and in reality tears up a dress she is working on in a class and other students are alarmed. A young woman imagines working in a club where many men buy her drinks and bottles of champagne; she drinks and they talk and dance and it is implied that she has sex with them. A young woman imagines seeing her reflection in a mirror and she is wearing a negligee and stockings (we see her bare thighs and cleavage); it seems to be a hallucination, as a man moves toward her as he opens his shirt and unbuckles his belt, and the young woman in reality hyperventilates and goes into a bathroom.
 A man and a young woman dance, run off the dance floor holding hands and into a phone booth where they continue kissing and then leave the club together. Men and women dance in several club scenes and a woman dips backward and raises her knee (little detail is evident).
 A man makes increasingly suggestive remarks about a young woman and goes so far as to say that he may just stalk her and her friends (he’s a taxi driver). A man makes a suggestive remark to a young woman and she rebuffs him but tells him that another young woman might oblige. A young man makes a sexual gesture using his hand and his mouth. A young man flirts with a young woman in a few scenes and she does not seem interested. A young woman teases another young woman for having a hickey on her neck.
 A young woman wears a clingy dress that reveals nipples through the fabric. Women wear low-cut dresses and tops that reveal cleavage in a few scenes. A young woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage, bare shoulders and part of her sides. Women dancing on a stage wear low-cut costumes that reveal cleavage, legs and partial buttocks as men in an audience cheer and clap. Photos of women wearing skimpy underwear and lingerie are posted on a phone booth outside a club (we see cleavage, bare abdomens, backs, partial buttocks and legs). A young woman wears a blouse that has mesh fabric at the top that reveals cleavage.

Last Night in Soho VIOLENCE/GORE 7

 – A young woman imagines seeing another young woman having sex with a man, he straddles her and holds a knife over her and stabbing her, and the man is slashed across the face and we see blood on both wounds; the imagined young woman gasps and dies (we see the imagined murdered young woman in a few scenes with blood on her throat and dress). A young woman imagines a young woman murdering numerous men and we see a knife slashing and stabbing each man with blood spraying and spurting. A woman answers her front door while holding a knife, a young woman lunges toward her, the woman punches her in the face (we see a bloody nose) and stabs a young man at the door in the abdomen (we see him fall to the floor with a bloody wound). A young woman falls on a flight of stairs and a woman slashes her with a knife (we see blood) as a fire starts in another room; the woman holds a knife over her and the young woman kicks her down the stairs. A young woman sits on a bed as flames rage around her (it is implied that she dies). A man steps in front of a cab and is struck; he is thrown into the windshield and then falls on the ground with a bloody face and head wound. A young woman imagines a young woman cutting her own throat (we see blood ooze from the wound).
 A young woman imagines many ghostly figures moving toward her (each with bloody wounds), she hides and runs through library stacks, picks up a pair of sheers and raises them toward another young woman’s head before being stopped by a young man grabbing her hand. A young woman imagines many hands pushing up through floorboards and holding her on a bed as many ghostly figures writhe around her. A young woman imagines being grabbed by a horde of ghostly figures; she recoils and falls back onto the ground hitting her head. A young woman imagines a young woman and a man having sex and she sees him wrapping a tape around her neck and chocking her. A man tries to cut in on a man and a young woman dancing and the man tells him no, they shove each other and one man punches the other in the face. A man enters a room where a young woman lies on a bed and he is seen wearing a shirt and briefs as he approaches her and touches her hip; it seems to be a hallucination, she recoils and in reality she tears up a dress she is working on in a class and other students are alarmed.
 A young woman imagines a man barging into a room and grabbing a young woman by the arm; he tells her to get to work (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details). A young woman imagines seeing many men approaching her and runs out of a party in a panic and into the rain. A young woman drops a cup of tea after being drugged, she holds her abdomen, groans and is told that the police will think that she “topped” herself. A young man slams back into a vanity mirror and it breaks; he walks through the shard of glass and cuts his feet (we see blood on the floor later). A young woman punches a mirror breaking it and she cuts her hand (we see a bit of blood).
 A young woman imagines watching another young woman interacting with a man and pounding on the mirror behind her until it breaks and wrapping her arms around the young woman’s shoulders. A young woman imagines seeing many dead people with their wounds visible and their facial features jumbled. A young woman imagines seeing her dead mother reflected in mirrors in several scenes throughout the movie. A young woman walks in front of a taxi and it screeches to a stop and the driver honks and yells at her.
 A young woman asks a woman if she believes in ghosts. Police officers mock a young woman when she reports seeing the murders of several people from decades ago in her rooming house. A young woman asks a woman if someone died in her room. A young woman talks about not being surprised if another young woman slashed her wrists. Two young women talk about their mothers dying; one says her mother died from Leukemia and the other says that her mother committed suicide. A woman says of a man, “He manages a lot of girls.” A man says, “I knew all the girls. You all look the same on a slab.”
 A young woman vomits in a toilet (we hear gagging; we do not see goo).

Last Night in Soho LANGUAGE 7

 – About 22 F-words, 5 sexual references, 6 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 7 mild obscenities, name-calling (bad apples, bad people, scrappy, awful, freshers, country mouse, weird, crazy, little liar, disaster, bastard, lovebirds, handsy, red-faced, lush, octopus, hurricane Jacosta, sweetheart, dearie, old chap, little whore, miserable, weird, darling, slut, born again Christian vibes), exclamations (oh wow, oh shut up, hoo-ha, oh hush, bloody, whoa, I’m gonna lose my mind), 7 religious exclamations (e.g. God, thank God, oh my God, Jesus Christ, Jesus). | profanity glossary |

Last Night in Soho SUBSTANCE USE

 – A woman in a dressing room is seen injecting herself in the arm with an unidentified drug, a young woman snorts cocaine in a bathroom, a young woman is drugged by a cup of tea, and when reporting a suspected crime police asks a young woman if she has ever taken hallucinogens (she says no). Two young women drink wine in a dorm, young women drink shots of liquor, a young woman talks about going on a pub crawl, a young woman orders a drink at a bar and the bartender brings her something other than what she ordered, a woman appears to be passed out from drinking too much alcohol, a young woman asks a woman if she believes in spirits (she says only in the spirits she serves in her bar), people drink at a party, a young man and a young woman each drink a glass of liquor at a party, and many people drink liquor and champagne in many club scenes. A young woman smokes a cigarette in a dorm room, a man smokes on a street, a young woman smokes in a dressing room, and a woman smokes in her boarding house room.

Last Night in Soho DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Serial murders, growing up, leaving home, life in big cities, sex trafficking, mental health issues, hallucinating, ghosts, the feeling as if you don’t belong.

Last Night in Soho MESSAGE

 – It’s OK to ask for help if you can’t figure out what’s happening. Revenge is complicated.

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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