Parents' Guide to

Ad Astra

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Pitt flies high to reach emotional depths in sci-fi drama.

Movie PG-13 2019 122 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 19 parent reviews

age 10+

Great movie just skip the baboon scene

This title has:

Too much violence
age 10+

Interesting & Contemplative

Did not find this movie boring at all - I say that because there are a few reviews that say it is boring. Actually it kept my interest all the way through and the movie has a very interesting storyline. I really enjoyed this movie and so did my husband and 13 year old son and my son is usually quite picky with the movies he likes.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (19):
Kids say (30):

"Daddy issues" in all their forms may be humanity's greatest common experience, and so writer-director James Gray's space drama will be relatable to many. Decades after his legendary father is presumed dead during a space exploration, Roy has come to realize that he's created a life that echoes his dad's -- perhaps as a connection, but also as an escape. Gray smartly uses the self-contained existence inside a spacesuit to represent the emotional barrier that Roy has created to prevent true human connection.

While the slow pacing may not be for everyone, each shot is perfectly arranged, and the cinematography and visual effects are stunning. It's almost impossible to believe you're not truly passing by Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune. And get ready to see a different Brad Pitt. There's no sandwich eating or coffee slurping here -- in fact, one scene has Pitt hooking up to a feeding tube in space, almost as proof that he can act without his hallmark crutch. Portraying a calm, cool, collected character could be a challenge, but Pitt's eyes express everything; when the stoic major allows himself to express the smallest amount of emotion, it's the audience who cries.

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