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'Last Christmas': Movie Review

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LAST CHRISTMAS is a funny, heartfelt romantic comedy about a young woman who doesn’t have any motivation for life until she meets a compassionate man who works at a Christian homeless shelter and teaches her a life lesson. LAST CHRISTMAS has a strong moral worldview with overt, positive Christian references about learning to be selfless, but it’s marred by too much foul language and some gratuitous lewd content that warrants extreme caution.

Kate is burning the candle on both ends, waking up early, going to work, and drinking late into the night. In fact, she’s living out of a suitcase, because she has annoyed her roommates too many times and has been kicked out. Then, when she has tried to stay at a friend’s place, she’s ended up harming their house in some way. Kate works as an elf at a quirky Christmas shop, with bizarre Christmas ornaments and an interesting shopkeeper who’s Chinese and calls herself Santa. Santa is down on Kate because she’s been distracted at work, comes in late, doesn’t talk to the customers, etc.

While working one day, Kate gets distracted and meets a young man, Tom, who’s exceptionally positive. Tom asks Kate on a walk and tells her to constantly look up. During the walk, Tom shows Kate all these interesting things that make her look up to the sky, in other words, to Heaven. When they come to the church homeless shelter on their walk, Tom tells Kate he must go to work, helping the homeless, and they part ways.

Kate’s real passion is her singing. One night when she’s late for an audition, she forgets to lock up the Christmas shop. When she returns, the shop has been broken into, and Santa gives Kate a reality check. Will Kate be able to get her life on the right path or will she keep being selfish and hurting those around her?

LAST CHRISTMAS has a strong moral worldview with overt references to Christmas, church, faith, and helping the homeless at a church mission. Eventually, Kate learns how to be selfless. She really has to learn how to think of others and not focus on herself. The movie also starts in a Christian church. However, it then shows Kate’s destructive lifestyle of partying, drinking and sleeping around with unmarried men. Kate does learn that these things are not good, but the audience sees the destructive lifestyle. Also, the characters tease their parents but have to learn to get along and love each other, no matter their quirks. LAST CHRISTMAS is also marred by too many obscenities and profanities, including several strong profanities. In addition, there are references to a homosexual couple.

LAST CHRISTMAS is an entertaining romantic comedy with funny, heartfelt moments. It could become a movie that audiences view each Christmas. Parts of LAST CHRISTMAS could have been better edited, though, because parts of it feel slow. As a whole, LAST CHRISTMAS warrants an extreme caution rating because of its objectionable content.

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MOVIEGUIDE® was founded in 1985 by Dr. Ted Baehr, past president of the Episcopal Radio & Television Foundation and former director of the Television Center at the City University of New York. MOVIEGUIDE® is affiliated with the Christian Film & Television Commission® ministry (CFTVC). Both MOVIEGUIDE® and CFTVC are dedicated to redeeming the values of the entertainment industry, according to biblical principles, by influencing industry executives and artists and by informing and educating the public about the influence of the entertainment media and about how to train their families to become