Parents' Guide to

After Earth

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Exciting sci-fi action and warm father-son bonding.

Movie PG-13 2013 100 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 10+

Exciting and good vibes about doing your best and bonding with Dad

I really enjoyed this movie and so did my 10-year old son. It had good action and a scary alien (but not really that scary), and a storyline about a kid who is striving to make his dad proud. He gets the chance to prove himself by saving his and his dad's life while facing numerous obstacles. At the end all is well, they both live and Dad is proud of his son. There's nothing too scary in this movie aside from a brief scene of people impaled on a tree-not very realistic looking-and some shots of animals mauled by the alien. Some dead soldier guys when a spaceship crashes. Nothing worse than the average video game. All in all surprisingly good and suspenseful. (Jaden Smith is not destined to be an Oscar winner, but he does all right).
age 14+

Teen audiences+

This movie was intense but good. It contained a lot of violence, peril, and suspense that was appropriate for teen audiences and up. The language was only a use of d**n which is a little more kid appropriate than the violence. My rating PG-13 for sci-fi action violence and some bloody images

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12 ):
Kids say (29 ):

AFTER EARTH presents a future with a lot of cool technology and eye candy. And director M. Night Shyamalan deftly weaves excellent special effects action and excitement with the development of the father-son relationship. As Cypher, Will Smith convincingly portrays the stern, strict military man, often away from home on long tours of duty and unable to show much emotion to others. Jaden Smith, as Katai, has a few weak points in his performance (why was he asked to use that accent in the first place?), but he capably carries the bulk of the action. Predictably, the father and son are ultimately able to bond and demonstrate their emotions to one another, but watching them get there in front of the sci-fi action backdrop sure is a lot of fun.

There's a lot to admire here, especially the strong family bonds and positive role modeling of all the main characters, even though the Will Smith formula feels familiar. The heartbreaking deaths of some animals and the super-scary alien monster add emotional depth and thrills, but the action is punctuated with genuine laughs and family warmth, which takes the edge off. Overall, this is a solid sci-fi action movie with strong positive messages about family that teens and possibly older tweens can enjoy with their parents.

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