After Earth

Movie review by Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

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

PG-13 2013 100 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 28 reviews

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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).

This title has:

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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

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

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