Interstellar

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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age 12+

Ambitious intergalactic drama focuses on a father's promise.

PG-13 2014 169 minutes

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age 12+

Based on 39 reviews

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age 12+

Based on 151 reviews

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age 11+

Awesome movie. Kids will love it for different reasons as they grow up.

Interstellar has been one of my and my daughter's fav movies since she was about 8. She's 13 now and we still love it. It's one of the few movies I can stand to re-watch, and we both enjoy how her understanding of the plot develops as she gets older. - It's a complicated story rooted in physics that everyone may not gravitate toward (hehe). If you're into science or sci-fi, it's probably for you, but if you're not, it seems from other reviews that it can be confusing. The plot hinges on the concept of relativity, which thrills me as I wish scientific literacy was more widespread and this does an amazing job of making it entertaining. I don't see plot holes, but enough folks do and I think this is the barrier to more widespread enjoyment. We love that it's not overly simplified and some thinking is required!! That said, if you 'get' that time can dilate under conditions encountered during space travel, it's not that complicated. - There is cursing. IMHO, it's the okay kind of cursing that's permissible for adults (at least, that's what we teach our kids, that sometimes adults curse) - not directed at people or used with rude intent. - (semi-spoiler alert!!!) There is one very intense scene in which one character tries to kill another. We still FF past that scene, and it's the only scene that, in our family, made this harder to watch at a younger age. There're a few minutes of extreme peril. - The theme about the bonds and immutability of love strikes a great tone. Many of the pivotal decisions that drive the story are motivated by love, and they're messy and there are inconsistencies and trade-offs, just like in real life. Love can be hard to talk about and to understand. Yet there it is, driving us all, and Interstellar gets right at it. We love this movie. It's right there with The Martian, Contact, and Arrival as favs in our household. Very entertaining. Characters, relationships, and decision-making highlight real-world complexities and make great discussion fodder. Kids and parents can be proud of themselves for linking complex story elements, and may learn something to boot.

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age 13+

Finding another planet for populating it

Interstellar is the best science fiction film, in my opinion. You need to see the film because they show you the posibilities of finding another planet for populating it, see the difficulties of producing food on Earth which is an effect of deterioration of the planet. In the begining, the film shows you the same problems that other films show about consequences to not being carefull with our planet. In general, all the movie is amaizing.

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