There are not enough words to describe this movie. Incredible. Awe-inspiring, Terrifying. Twelve and Up.
Three words? Terrifying. Mesmerizing. Brilliant. To tell you about this movie would take way to long, so I'll skip that. What YOU need to know, is that this movie is not only about space, but it is about the Gravity of the main characters life. And the movie, which is by far, the most simplistic movie I've ever seen, consisting of only three things, Music, Voices, and The amazing 3-D visuals (3-D film of the year. Easily.) No sound, as there's no sound in space (Which makes it all the more terrifying when things go horribly, horribly wrong, and gives you the feeling of isolation.) Anyway, the movie is masterfully made, and you feel for the characters better than in almost any movie I've seen. Now that's the review. Is it okay for kids? Well, the PG-13 rating here definantly fits, although, the reason it's iffy for Twelve is because unless your kid has been living under a rock for Twelve years, he's probably heard the F-Word at least, like, Fifty times a day. And it appears only once in this movie. But there is a variety of S-Words and lots of mild language. Hence the language bar.
(Minor Spoilers ahead, but nothing that will completely ruin the film.) There isn't much violence (and although terrifying, this film proves once and for all, a single drop of blood is not needed in a movie of it to be scary.) and the only thing is the image (Which is the "Disturbing Image" that the MPAA described) of an astronaut that had a shard of some thing hit him at high speed, shatter his helmet, and blow out his brains. The image has no blood, and there is just a hole in the left side of his head that you can see through. The scene is made even more sad, rather than scary by a picture of him and his family which gently floats up to the main character's view. There is a lot of realism to this movie, and every character is believable. The worst part is when George Clooney's character is sent to go get Bullock's character (This is seen in the video review, if you want to watch this scene to check on whether or not you want your kids to see it. It happens so fast though, you can hardly see it.) and as he reaches her, the camera spins around to the character, who is suspended to a rope connected to the spaceship. Suddenly, a block going at the speed of a bullet you se fly across the screen, touch his face, and he is thrust back and slowly floats there, still. Two others are seen controlling and come down frozen and dead when they investigate. In conclusion, I didn't mark violence since there is no violence shown up close, only a split second shot of something hitting someone (Once again, it's in the video review if you want to check.) a mildly shocking, and is incredibly amplified by the increasingly intense score and loud musical cues, but it's still not a "Jump Scare" or "Gorey Bloody Mess" scene of the dead astronaut through his broken helmet, two dead, frozen astronauts (once again, no violence is shown, but a tiny tiny jump that isn't too bad), not to mention constant peril, terror, and stuff blowing up. One story is told about a kid dying after hitting her head. Nothing bloody is described, though. No one is immediately killed up close and on-screen, though.
Mild flirting between George Clooney's guy and Bullock's character, nothing that would make it past a PG rating (Other than a mild story that is never finished about two women holding hands at Mardi Gras.)
Drinking: Alcohol references. "When we're done, I know where the Russians hide there Vodka." One scene of a character drinking.
Over all, YOU MUST SEE THIS MOVIE. One problem is when detailing EVERYTHING about the movie, the fact is that the story's inspirational characters, excellent role models, amazing cinematography, incredible acting, and unparalleled and one-of-a-kind visuals (If you have the chance, the 3-D is more than worth it and is the best 3-D of the year.) and wonderful story about life can be overshadowed by the "There's violence and drinking and language and a guy dies and--" you, when really, once again this is an incredible film about living life and what you would do to keep it. It's haunting score and themes will stay with you long after the credits. There is nothing better that can be said about the movie than Common Sense's review-- the only time I've really felt that Common Sense's review really, really, fit the movie. This is easily Oscar winning material. Bring the Teens (except ones who will find the somewhat slow-paced but still masterful story and character development boring) And be prepared for a once-in-a-lifetime wild ride. Be prepared to be thrilled and impressed.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking