October Sky

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Inspiring tale for older tweens and up.

PG 1999 108 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 29 reviews

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age 10+

Makes me cry ... Everytime!

Boy Scout Leaders (Wood Badgers) know this movie. It lets you work through Forming, Storming, Norming, and then Performing. Homer is a real person, and is more than friendly. The film itself is beautifully shot, and directed with emotion.

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age 9+

great family movie

10 year old son loved this movie and parents did too.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

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