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Still shot from the movie: The Last Stand.

The Last Stand

When an aging sheriff (Arnold Schwarzenegger) gets word that his small town may expect a visit from an escaping leader of a drug cartel, the law man prepares to stop him by force. Expect a lot of bullets to fly in this stand off. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: D+
Violence: D
Sexual Content: B+
Language: D
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Run Time: 107
Theater Release: 17 Jan 2013
Video Release: 21 May 2013
MPAA Rating: R
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How We Determine Our Grades

After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Why kinds of criminals are popular in action movies today? Have you noticed a change in who the “bad guys” are now versus a decade (or longer) ago?

How do movies like The Last Stand justify the use of violence? With current debates about the regulation of guns in the United States, how might a movie like this influence people’s opinions? Do you think it would make them more supportive of restrictive gun laws or less so? How do our own experiences color how we interpret a movie?

Even though none of the scenes in this movie take place in Mexico, how is that country depicted? How would you feel about this movie if you were a Mexican citizen?

Find out how politics has affected Arnold Schwarzenegger’s acting career here: http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2013/01/15/arnold-schwarzenegger-im-a-better-actor-now/

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About the Reviewer: Rod Gustafson

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