Parents' Guide to

Independence Day

By Ken Feil, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Nonstop over-the-top fun for teens and up.

Movie PG-13 1996 153 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 18 parent reviews

age 12+

Silly popcorn fun

This is a SciFi movie that is very low on the "Sci." Don't think too hard about the realism factor. It's a mix of one-liners and the calculated emotional rollercoaster of the pending end of humanity. My tween and teen sons thought it was fun. My husband and I suffered through it for the sake of family movie night. As a '90s pic, you'll notice that female characters are sparsely written, and there's an obligatory scantily clad woman dancing at a strip club (no nudity though). Swearing and lots of death by explosions depicted.
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age 13+

A bit creepy

Great movie, but the aliens are a bit creepy and scary for under 13 yo kids

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (18):
Kids say (65):

This is the film that sky-rocketed Smith to blockbuster action-hero status; it's clever, intensely thrilling, and, if you can recognize the stock stereotypes and movie plots, very funny.

Independence Day harks back to the classic alien-invasion movies of the 1950s and 1960s, as well as the disaster movies of the 1970s. These sources provide campy material for the film to quote from as well as advanced special-effects technology. References to The War of the Worlds (1953), The Day the Earth Stood Still, and imagery from Earthquake and The Towering Inferno provide chuckles to knowing audiences. Overblown performances by Smith, Brent Spiner (as an addled scientist from Area 54), Hirsch, and Fierstein will no doubt tease a few guffaws, as well.

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