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(out of 6 reviews)
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Educator and Parent of a 6 and 10 year old Written byJayRo November 25, 2013
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14
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Consider God’s handiwork: who can straighten what He hath made crooked?

The CSM reviewer is way off when he says this movie doesn't contain a positive message. Quite the contrary. The character who prevails is the one who overcomes the most obstacles, the one who exerts his spirit over his genes. While the characters who are supposedly perfect (genetically engineered) are burdened by their own perfection and are stymied by any and all obstacles. To say that he lies without consequence is not entirely accurate. He is always looking over his shoulder, and can't form real relationships (until he meets Irene) for risk of being discovered. He is alone. Besides, he's breaking a law that is unjust to begin with, so to argue that he should somehow pay for his crime of lying is just silly. The movie is not without flaws, certainly. Vincent's long-standing beef with his brother, which plays out in a game of chicken in the end, seems not to fit his adult character. And his brother's desire to see him fail also rings false, as that sense of rivalry wasn't developed in their childhood scenes. That said, I've shown this movie in my classroom for many years, and the kids are blown away. Not only do they love the move, but they seem to get the messages about science and morality better than the reviewer did. Yes, they are moved and upset by the suicide in the end, but being moved and upset, in this case, is a good thing. They see that, because of (rather than in spite of) Jerome's supposed perfection, he was flawed and was unable to cope with adversity. I do encourage parents to watch it first. Two f-bombs. One sex scene (no nudity, and the camera just sort of passes over the bed) and another scene of two people in bed together (implied sex). A shot of a bloody skull and the bloody keyboard used as the weapon and another scene where Vincent punches a cop several times in the face. Lots of drinking (Jerome, who is essentially portrayed as an alcoholic). Cigarettes. When you list it all out like that, it sounds much worse than it is. This is a wonderful movie with a beautiful message about the triumph of the human spirit ... for which there is no gene. The quote from Ecclesiastes in my title is what begins the movie.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 11 year old Written byThe Big E August 15, 2011
AGE
14
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There is No Gene for the Human Spirit.

Quite frankly, if whoever is doing your reviews gave this movie only two stars, then he or she knows next to nothing about good science fiction. This movie is one of the, if not the, best science fiction flicks ever made. It forces us to face the moral implications of scientific and technical advancement - a question which so many in today's tech-happy society would love to avoid - and if forces us to recognize that there is so much more to we humans than can be explained merely by our genetic code. Hereafter, there be spoilers. Gattaca is set in a future where genetic engineering has become the norm, even of humans. Genetic and reproductive science has advanced to the point that people select the traits their unborn children will have so that they will be as close as possible to genetically perfect. People who have been engineered in this fashion are called, "Valids," and the world is their oyster. But of course, people being people, from time to time someone gets conceived the old-fashioned way, and they are the In-Valids. If you are an in-valid, you have no future to speak of. You cannot get hired to any meaningful job (despite laws against discrimination based on genes), and you are, in all meaningful ways, a second class citizen. Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke) is an in-valid. He dreams of going to outer space, and will not let his genetic inferiority prevent him from reaching his dream. Vincent goes to the genetic black market to get the perfect DNA he needs, and through careful manipulation (and outright fraud) of testing procedures, finds himself in the astronaut program of the Gattaca Corporation - and scheduled to go into space. Vincent's younger brother, Anton, is a Valid - his genes were genetically engineered to be as perfect as possible, and he has become a homicide detective - and has no idea the ruse his brother has been pulling off for years. Vincent's about to achieve his dream when an executive with Gattaca is murdered, Anton is assigned to the case, and the evidence begins to point to Vincent (he's innocent by the way). Now Vincent's ruse must also include fooling a cop who is his own brother, and as the noose closes in, brother meets brother, and we learn that the movie's tag line - which I put as the title above - is so very true - there is no gene for the human spirit. This movie is extraordinarily well made, and every time you watch it, you will catch telling details you missed the previous times (like the staircase in the shape of a strand of DNA at Gattaca headquarters). It is well written and well acted, incredibly well filmed, and while is doesn't have the shoot-em-up action found in so many sci-fi movies, it is filled with tension and suspense thick enough to cut with a knife, and with questions which stick with you and make you think about what it is that truly makes us human, and why that matters. It is also a movie which is proving to be prophetic about the role of science and technology in modern society, and about the amoral way in which science is coming to view humanity. I checked the positive message icon because it's message is that we are all, regardless of our limitations, so much more than our constituent parts, and I checked the good role model icon (despite his breaking the law - is that immoral when the law itself is either immoral going immorally unenforced?) because of the courage Vincent displays in the face of discrimination by a society which will never view him as anything more than his genetic code, and because he is willing to risk it all, including his life, to achieve his human potential. I rated it 14 and above for the brief sex scene (which contains no explicit nudity). The fact is that if your child loves science and science fiction, and if they are willing and able to consider the moral implications of scientific and technological advancement in a world where so many try to blur the lines between right and wrong, then this movie is not merely "on" for 14 and above, it goes beyond that into a new category I'm creating right now - "Required Viewing" for 14 and above.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Parent Written byajparis April 29, 2012
AGE
14
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One of the greatest films!

The reviewer is way off. This movie is outstanding.
Parent of a 12 year old Written bylittleone522 June 23, 2011
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13
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Surprised by a PG rating.

This movie may be confusing to kids. There is a character who commits suicide. There are two uses of the "F" word and words such as "p*ss" refuring to urine and "christ" overall there isn't much language but I'm surprised by its PG rating. There is one sex scene but no nudity is shown, just a lot of heavy breathing. You may want to proof-watch this one before letting your child watch.
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Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byJanus Bifrons April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Parent of a 10 and 13 year old Written byLauraMac June 13, 2010
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11
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Smart sci-fi for older kids

very interesting topics of discussion about genetic destiny, and great to have a film in the "dark future" science fiction genre which my older kids can watch.