A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The team works together to find a way to solve their problem, save themselves, and emerge from a terrible situation. Teamwork, perseverance, and courage are themes.
Positive Role Models
Jim is heroic and brave, as are the other members of the team. On the downside, there's not much diversity; all of the professionals are white males.
Violence & Scariness
Very tense, characters in serious peril.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One or two oblique references, including one to "the clap." A demonstration with a beer bottle sliding into a glass has sexual undertones. There's a scene where Jack and his girlfriend are in the shower together; some moaning.
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Fairly frequent profanity includes "s--t," "damn," "bitch," "ass," "goddamn," and what sounds like "f--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking at party, lots of smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that it's a good idea to prepare younger kids beforehand by telling them what Apollo 13 is about; you may want to reassure them, since it is a true story, that the astronauts end up coming home all right. Be prepared for some very tense scenes when the characters are in peril, and note that everyone in Mission Control is a white male (and they smoke a fair bit, which is accurate for the era). Fairly frequent profanity includes "s--t," "damn," "bitch," "ass," and what sounds like "f--k." A demonstration with a beer bottle sliding into a glass has sexual undertones. There's a scene where Jack and his girlfriend are in the shower together; some moaning. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
In addition to the thrilling story, masterful performances, and impeccable technical authenticity, this movie is a heartening story of the triumph of smart guys with slide rules. It should be called "Smart and Smarter," a relief in this era of movies about characters who triumph by being dumb. Even though viewers know the Apollo 13 mission turned out all right, even though the technical material is dense and the action is confined to a space smaller than an elevator, the tension is breathtaking, as the astronauts and the mission control team in Houston try to think their way back home. Everything from duct tape to the cover of the flight manual to one of the astronaut's socks is used in this pre-McGuyver story, where mission control asks simply, "What's good on that ship?" and builds from there.
The legendary "Failure is not an option," said by Gene Kranz, head of Mission Control, when most people were certain the astronauts would never make it back, is worth discussing. So are the changes since you were your children's age. Note that everyone in Mission Control is a white male (and they all smoke all the time). They are amazed that a computer is small enough to fit into one room. And you may have to explain why adults who watch the movie laugh when the engineers take out their slide rules -- for kids today, they are more exotic than an abacus.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.