Parents' Guide to

The Last Starfighter

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Lighthearted space adventure has a fun '80s feel.

Movie PG 1984 101 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 11+

Good star wars clone

Some scary scenes and violence. Too much teenage stuff.
age 9+

This movie so perfect that all remakes have been cancelled and any remake will be not as good

Sometimes a movie maker just gets things right. This is one of those movies.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (1 ):

THE LAST STARFIGHTER isn't the absolute best outer space action film ever made, but it has heart, and older kids will enjoy the weird aliens and video game themes. Parents might enjoy remembering when one video game machine was all it took to make a Saturday night memorable.

Though Star Wars fans might notice some musical and special effects similarities, these rip-offs don't detract too much from the movie's positive qualities. One of these pluses is the presence of Robert Preston, who plays Centauri, a fly-by-night recruiter of star-fighting talent. Without Preston, the movie could be a pass, but his big-tent voice and charisma gives this movie a memorable lift. Overall, a decent watch for sci-fi fans.

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