Parents' Guide to

Gattaca

By Tony Nigro, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

'90s science fiction has mature themes, violence.

Movie PG-13 1997 106 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 14+

Very interesting film on eugenics and human potential

A film that tangles with the future and how humans will separate themselves and create their hierarchies in a stringent and highly regimented society. Where exceeding your potential becomes problematic or seen as impossible. A compelling story and thoughtful production although at times feels slow as the future looks like a sleek rendition of the 1950s. The film works because of the claustrophobia depicted by Hawke and the charm of Law.
age 13+

A good conversation starter

The movie dives deep into conversation about discrimination, sibling rivalry, self-esteem and ethical science. I love the film its the perfect underdog story.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (17 ):

Gattaca is a familiar story -- a high-concept movie that starts well, but falls prey to lazy storytelling. Its concept is strong enough to deliver a future dystopia worthy of a future noir like Blade Runner. However, by its end, the film's hollow retro-1950s style is one that only seasoned film buffs will recognize as a nod to Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville.

Plot hole after plot hole creates too many bumps in the road. We are never clearly told why space travel is so important to Vincent. Additionally, we are not told why his choice to masquerade as Jerome is any more heroic than bucking the system by simply being himself. After not-so-neatly tying up a love interest with a Valid named Irene (Uma Thurman), the movie's ending strives for metaphor, yet is unsatisfying. Still, it is pretty to look at.

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