"Emotional Story of Forgiveness and Grace"
THE LAST SONG is a touching story of Ronnie, a rebellious teenage girl who spends the summer with her estranged father, Steve, only to learn family secrets as well as forgiveness.
Ronnie and her younger brother, Jonah, are dropped off at their father’s beach house. They have not seen their father in a few years since he and their mom divorced.
Ronnie is a classical pianist protégé who refuses to play since her parent’s separation. She and her father argue constantly while young Jonah and Steve bond as they make a stained glass window for the local church which recently burned down. Most everyone in town blames Steve for the fire. Steve himself was in the building but had fallen asleep.
Ronnie meets a young man, Will, and they start a romance, which softens Ronnie. Soon, however, family secrets come out in both Will and Ronnie’s family. Will knows who actually accidentally set the fire but hasn’t revealed it, letting the town think it was Steve instead. Finally, Steve has a secret he is keeping from his two children.
THE LAST SONG is a very well written, well crafted movie. The story, like many of Sparks’ novels, is dripping with much emotion. The movie moves along at a fast pace, and there are twists and turns that make the story very compelling.
Miley Cyrus in her first “grown up” movie delivers an engaging performance as the rebellious young woman. Bobby Coleman as the younger brother all but steals the movie in his innocence and heartache at trying to finish the stained glass window without his father’s help.
The movie features a theme of forgiveness and grace. Ronnie learns that she, along with her family and friends, are all broken people who are “in process.” While there is not an overt mention of faith in God, love and honor is held in high esteem. There are some inspiring redemptive metaphors, however, about the stained glass window
THE LAST SONG has brief, light foul language. Though Ronnie is rebellious, she doesn’t drink or smoke marijuana as her other friends do.
This is a movie with serious themes, so caution must be exercised for younger children. It is a soul-stirring tearjerker, one that will leave a viewer emotionally moved.
(CC, BB, L, V, A, DD, M) Strong Christian, moral worldview with much mention of forgiveness and acceptance of other people’s faults and a hope of an afterlife, plus father and son make a stained glass window for a burned down church; five light obscenities and two exclamatory light profanities; two men get into fist fight; no sexual scenes but romantic kissing by teenagers; no nudity but scenes on beach with background characters in bikinis; drinking of alcohol but main teenage character refuses; smoking marijuana but main teenage character refuses; and, teenage rebellion, stealing, and some serious themes about death.
THE LAST SONG is a touching story of Ronnie, a rebellious teenage girl, who spends the summer with her estranged father, Steve, only to learn family secrets as well as forgiveness. Ronnie is a classical pianist protégé who refuses to play since her parent’s separation. Ronnie meets Will, and they start a romance, which softens Ronnie. Steve has kept a secret from his children. Eventually, Ronnie and Steve reconcile and they are able to spend the rest of the summer together. Finally, because of her love for her father and a softening of her heart, Ronnie plays a classical song on the piano for her father, the last song he has written.
THE LAST SONG is a well-crafted movie, which features a theme of forgiveness and grace. Ronnie learns that she, along with her family and friends, are all broken people who are “in process.” While there is not an overt mention of faith in God, love and honor is held in high esteem. There is brief light foul language, and Ronnie starts off being rebellious. THE LAST SONG has some serious themes, so caution should be exercised for younger children.