The Flight of the Navigator

  • Review Date: July 11, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1986

Common Sense Media says

An exciting time travel adventure.
  • Review Date: July 11, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1986





What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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A few isolated swear words.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film contains a few expletives and some scary situations, but it's nothing that even younger children won't be able to handle.

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What's the story?

THE FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR begins as David Freeman (Joey Cramer) comes home one night to discover that his family has aged eight years and think he's dead. For David, only a few minutes have gone by. The mystery slowly unravels, leading to David's being taken away by NASA and escaping in a space ship. Eight years have changed things a lot -– David has never seen a music video, and can't believe that Starsky and Hutch isn't on anymore. When David is aboard the ship, he makes friends with its mechanical occupant, Max, who is voiced by Paul Reubens (credited here as Paul Mall), clearly working in his Pee-Wee Herman mode.

Is it any good?


This is an above-average offering from Disney. The sequences on the ship are both funny and touching, as Max and David each try to get home. The special effects are, for the most part, surprisingly fresh and believable, and the opening sequence of dogs playing Frisbee is spectacular.

It's all very well done, with clever shots that make everyday objects look like they just might be from a spacecraft, and very affecting scenes between David and his new, older family. Joey Cramer does a good job in his role. This is a charming movie, with enough drama and humor to please almost any viewer.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how they would feel if everyone in their family were suddenly older while they stayed the same age. Also, for sci-fi fans, it could be interesting to look at the use of special effects then and now.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 11, 1986
DVD release date:June 1, 2004
Cast:Joey Cramer, Paul Reubens, Sarah Jessica Parker
Director:Randal Kleiser
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Adventures, Space and aliens
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:a smattering of swear words, some scary situations

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Adult Written bysearmenta April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
Kid, 12 years old March 12, 2014

Bad language in cool film

Yet again, it's Epicboy21.

Basically the language is nothing your kids haven't heard in school before; however, swearing may offend viewers such as "holy sh*t!", "b*st*rd" and "h*ll", "d*mn", "buttface" - this and Short Circuit are good films. However, read my Short Circuit review for more details.

A good story with some funny bits in it. Even Paul Reubens stars as the robot guy the boy's with. Thankyou for reading.

What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byHollyBean December 31, 2013

Gotta see!!!

This movie is one of my all time faorites!!! It is an amazing story that is family friendly! It has great characters and is very funny. I think this is a classic everyone would enjoy!

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