Parents' Guide to

Asteroid City

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Wes Anderson comedy has smart teens; also nudity, smoking.

Movie PG-13 2023 104 minutes
Asteroid City Movie Poster: Three rows of people dressed for the 1950s, some in black and white, sitting in chairs inside a crater with a teen boy who's wearing a jet pack hovering above them

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 17+

Not for children

Um ages 14+ are you serious? I walked out of this movie and had to Google a few times to make sure it was actually PG-13. Full-frontal nudity in a sexual innuendo way. I’m not sure who approved this rating and how it only got 14+ on Common Sense Media?
age 14+

Wes Anderson at his most dry and existential. Really unnecessary nudity that pushes the PG-13 rating. The rest of the content is pretty PG low-key.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (17 ):

All of writer-director Wes Anderson's hallmarks are present and accounted for as he takes viewers on a journey of creativity that's unexpected and unusual. But "unique" doesn't always translate to "entertaining." In the case of Asteroid City, your brain may be trying to understand and interpret what's happening so quickly that it could be hard to assess whether it was actually good -- for some, a second viewing may be required.

Teens have frequently sparked to Anderson's movies, perhaps because tweens and teens are frequently the most level-headed characters in his films. Here, there's a whole set of young "brainiacs" who are wise and confident beyond their years, including possessing a high emotional intelligence. But to truly appreciate this endeavor, you need to have an understanding of the 1950s and what was going on then in America at large, as well as in the theater and on screen. Ultimately, it's likely that only teens who identify as students of STEM, drama kids, film nerds, or Wes Fandersons will find Asteroid City out of this world.

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