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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Profound themes on humanity's relationship to the universe.
Positive Role Models
Though the characters generally display the typical attributes of a "flyboy" astronaut or air force heroes commonly seen in action movies, they also display values of sacrifice and dedication to their crew and perhaps humanity as a whole.
Violence & Scariness
Characters in peril, some killed. An astronaut is blown to pieces from a violent sandstorm. Weightless blood from a head injury in a spaceship. Suicide.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing, mild sexual insinuations.
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Occasional profanity: "son of a bitch," "damn," "goddammit," "ass."
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Products & Purchases
M&M's and Dr Pepper products prominently shown in two important scenes. The Martian rover the astronauts use has the Kawasaki logo clearly featured in big letters on its side.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking. Beer. Wine. Cigar smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mission to Mars is a 2000 Brian DePalma-directed sci-fi movie about a team of astronauts in the year 2020 who land on Mars and make a profound discovery. Characters are in peril and there are a number of tense moments and several deaths. One of the astronauts is blown into pieces by a violent sandstorm. A later death scene in space (a character commits suicide to save the lives of others), might be too emotionally intense for some viewers. There is also some consumerism: M&M's, Dr. Pepper, and Kawasaki products are prominently displayed in important scenes. Profanity includes "son of a bitch," "damn," "goddamnit," "ass." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This movie makes Close Encounters of the Third Kind seem like rocket science -- it even makes The Day the Earth Stood Still look like rocket science -- but the pictures are pretty.
Director Brian DePalma is known for movies that have two qualities: striking visual flair and frustrating narrative incoherence. If you are the kind of person who talks about the plot after seeing a movie, this is not your kind of movie. But if you would enjoy seeing an old-time Flash Gordon-style movie with 21st-century special effects and computer graphics, you just might want to see it twice.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.