Parents' Guide to

Air

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Fun "underdogs save Nike" story has strong language.

Movie R 2023 112 minutes
Air Movie Poster: Various sections show Chris Tucker, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Viola Davis, with the taglines "some icons are meant to fly" and "courting a legend"

A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 15+

Lots of language but overall a great movie

Loved the movie, great story. We’re huge basketball and MJ fans but I don’t mind the language. F word was said >50 times. I wouldn’t take younger kids though.
age 13+

Lots of language

Lots of languages but over all great movie Lots of use of d**m and one or two uses of the f word little sexual content except for a couple of briefly shown magazines

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (6 ):

Directed capably (if not excitingly) by Ben Affleck, this Great American "triumph of the underdog" story isn't exactly a slam dunk, but it's at least a solid layup. Air relies on many "sitting in a room and talking" shots, as well as several phone conversation scenes, and then tries to pump these moments up with a large selection of period songs, one of which seems to pop up about every five minutes. And there's too much dialogue that "predicts" the future, designed so that viewers can nod along in recognition. Air isn't a dynamic movie, but perhaps thanks to the fine performances, the energy is there, and it becomes undeniably exciting. Plus, this isn't a movie about amassing great wealth. It's more about regular folks simply keeping their jobs (and, in some cases, their identities), and about a Black family setting a new precedent so that others may follow. Ultimately, it's the characters who count in Air, and we get to know them well enough that their setbacks and victories actually mean something.

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