Parents' Guide to

Zathura: A Space Adventure

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Sci-fi adventure has salty language, peril, violence.

Movie PG 2005 113 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 29 parent reviews

age 13+

Language, inappropriate innuendos, rudeness

Trying to find something new to watch that we hadn’t seen before and this was streaming on HBO max. It said PG, so figured it couldn’t be that bad. Within the first 10-15 minutes the 6-year-old character calls his brother a d*ck. Tells him to shut up. The 10 year old mentions he has a girlfriend. The sister tells her dad she’s going to a party to “hook up.” And using the Lord’s name in vain. Turned it off. If you’re concerned about good role models, just skip this one. Am kinda disappointed because the common sense reviews didn’t mention all of this.
age 11+

Fun adventure movie

I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. My expectations were low, but I really enjoyed it. It gets a little scary/suspenseful for sensitive viewers (my 9yos were covering their eyes) but my 11 year old was all in. Funny, had some real moments (frustrated dad with squabbling siblings), and a good story.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (29 ):
Kids say (54 ):

ZATHURA: A SPACE ADVENTURE is a movie most likely to appeal to older kids. Like the game in Jumanji, another movie based on a children's book by Chris Van Allsburg (also the literary source for Polar Express), this one helps the siblings to work out their conflicts "metaphorically," here by encounters with hostile monsters, a deranged robot, and a "stranded astronaut" (Dax Shepard).

Their adventures are as episodic as the board game scenario suggests: Each boy takes his turn. But as Jon Favreau's movie is most interested in the boys' relationship, Lisa is best described as plot device, convenient witness, and occasional instigator for their realizations and efforts. In this, she's aided by the astronaut, who shows up during Danny's turn (he's instructed to rescue this stranger and then is attached to the astronaut, who identifies Danny as the one who "spun me"). This provides the younger boy with an eventual conflict, as the astronaut and Walter make different demands. Danny eventually comes to realize that Walter is his brother, no matter how ugly he's been to Danny in the past, and that makes him, as the astronaut observes, "all you have."

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