A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
More can be achieved through teamwork than alone, and it's important to give credit to others. Self-belief can be powerful and help you succeed.
Positive Role Models
Gradually Jason learns not to hog the limelight and gives credit to others, changing the selfish and arrogant behavior he shows at the start of the film. He is brave and open to adventure but puts himself and others in danger in the process. The rest of the team learn to value each other and be grateful for the influence of their TV show, which they only really associate with money before their real-life quest.
Some diversity within main crew, with a Black character and an actor of Lebanese descent among an otherwise mostly White cast. Though sexism is mentioned, it isn't particularly challenged, and the film leans into the same stereotypes it calls out for comedic value. For example, actor Tony Shalhoub plays a character named Fred Kwan, and within the fictional TV show, Kwan squints as if trying to look more "Asian" as Tech Sergeant Chen. The only female character wears a tight-fitting spacesuit with cleavage showing and repeats what the computer says, which plays on "dumb blonde" stereotypes.
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Violence & Scariness
Lots of comic sci-fi violence, one sad death. Many explosions, physical fighting, and shooting guns. Characters suffer fatal bullet wounds, scrapes to the face and body, blood from the mouth; one faints. Torture is mentioned, and scenes involve electrocution -- both seen on-screen and heard off-screen. Aliens tear one another apart and eat one another, are seen suffocating, and turn inside out and explode. Spaceship crashes. Teens set off fireworks. Passing mention of panic attacks, suicide.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Passionate kissing, followed by characters sliding to the floor. Suggestive dialogue, flirtation, reference to a character sleeping with lots of women. A female character's costume comes unzipped, and she spends several scenes with her bra exposed. A male character is topless in one scene and also shown in a shirt with no bottoms, though nothing can be seen beneath.
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Language includes "hell," "damn," "goddamn," "ass," "boobs," "screw," "oh my God," "bloody," and "retards."
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Products & Purchases
Coca-Cola mentioned, can shown on-screen. References to Toyota, Advil, Gilligan's Island.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Character drinks to feel better and passes out, later waking up with a hangover. Another is seen holding a cocktail. Advil mentioned. Passing reference to pubs. A character asks another, "Are you stoned?"
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Galaxy Quest is a fun sci-fi comedy from 1999 about actors who are best known for appearing on a fictional Star Trek-like TV show. There's some violence -- shooting and fighting, cartoonish gore involving aliens -- and one sad death. A character gets so drunk that he passes out and is then hung over. There's kissing, a character's bra is exposed for several scenes, and someone mentions a character sleeping "with every Terrakian slave girl and moon princess." Language includes "hell," "damn," and "ass," as well as "retards." The humor is pretty basic and often leans into stereotypes, but there are some positive messages to be found within, and the characters grow to understand the importance of teamwork, making this appropriate for tweens and up. Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen, Tony Shalhoub, and more star. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Sharply written and performed, this hilarious romp affectionately skewers TV sci-fi, its stars, and its fans. Galaxy Quest's creative premise leads to hilarious lines and situations that play on both Star Trek and the actors' hang-ups. For example, Rickman's Spock/McCoy-hybrid character stares glumly at his alien gill make-up in the mirror and murmurs about the time he got five curtain calls as Richard III. Weaver, who plays a counterpart of Lt. Uhura, repeats everything the computer says. And Shalhoub, as the spaceship's Scotty-like mechanic; Mitchell, as the smart child star reliving the glory of his youth; and Sam Rockwell, as the imperiled expendable officer, also deliver hilarious lines.
The fast, fresh script is full of humor, but its attempts to poke fun at stereotypes never really land. It is, however, a terrific premise that unreels in a tightly constructed farce that's filled with surprises. Perhaps the biggest one is that we really come to care about the characters.
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