A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Adults should listen to what kids have to say rather than dismiss them outright due to age. Human actions can impact the environment, for good and bad.
Positive Role Models
Nova is very brave and willing to risk her own life to save the planet. Nas also displays courage in helping Nova. Likewise, an older couple assists the kids despite putting themselves at risk. The military leader displays a genuine desire to learn the truth.
This film is Dutch. One of the main characters is of Arab descent, judging by his name and appearance.
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Violence & Scariness
Tweens are in peril during much of the film as a woman travels back in time and is helped by a young boy. They use Taser-like guns to freeze adults, some of whom threaten them with actual weapons. The girl suffers during time travel and her spaceship crash-lands, leaving her unconscious. Later she's shot, which we only hear offscreen, then see her in the hospital.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Young Nas tries to kiss young Nova.
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"S--t," "s--thead." The film was reviewed in the original Dutch with English subtitles.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Captain Nova, a kid-targeted sci-fi film from the Netherlands, has tweens in danger and using Taser-like guns as well as use of the word "s--t" (in English subtitles). But overall, the film is neither too scary nor too complex for younger viewers. It also has positive messages about paying attention to kids and caring for the environment. The tween heroes save not just the day, but also the planet, and they show courage along the way. They also use weapons to freeze adults, some of whom threaten them with real weapons and actually shoot one of them in a climactic scene (she's fine, and has previously survived risky space travel and a crash landing in her spaceship). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
You have to suspend disbelief to enjoy this Dutch sci-fi mystery, but young viewers who do that could enjoy it and also pick up some healthy environmental messages. There are just a few too many unanswered questions, or unexplained actions, in Captain Nova to make this film anywhere near believable for older audiences. But as a kid-centered genre movie, it has some positive lessons about bravery, standing up for one's beliefs, empowering kids, and taking care of our environment. Some of the humor even manages to translate, like a freeze-gun that kids say puts adults on pause, giving them time to ponder their lives and careers. Some plot twists in both time frames offer added human drama.
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