A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Early on the main character says she hates her life. But after her adventure, she gains enough perspective to learn to appreciate who she is and what she has, especially her family.
Positive Role Models
Jupiter rarely takes any action of her own. She constantly needs rescuing, and one of her ultimate goals is to find her soul mate. Both men and women are shown as sexual or physical objects.
Violence & Scariness
A man is shot with a gun. Many long battle and chase scenes, mostly flying through the air. Characters shoot each other with laser guns. Fighting and punching. Some bloody wounds. Crashes and explosions. Characters fall from heights. Brief shot of a knife in the eye. A woman is shot with a kind of "sonic" gun (brief nosebleed results).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Female character shown naked from behind (naked bottom). Other hints/off-screen nudity. Kissing. A woman is shown in a black bra and panties. A shirtless man is shown with a harem of sexy women circling him, touching him. Other shirtless shots.
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Several uses of "s--t," plus "goddamn," "bitch," "balls," and "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Background drinking (beer with dinner).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jupiter Ascending is a cringe-worthy sci-fi action epic from the Wachowski siblings, who also made The Matrix trilogy and Cloud Atlas. Though it's an original story, it has the look and feel of many adaptations based on YA sci-fi/fantasy books. Expect lots of fast-paced, fantasy-style fighting, with laser guns and swooping through the air, as well as some regular shooting, fighting, and a few bloody wounds. There's some brief partial nudity (a female bottom and a male torso) and some sex-tangential issues, such as a woman thinking of selling her eggs and a woman giving birth. Both men and women are shown as sexual or physical objects. Language includes several uses of "s--t," plus "goddamn" and "bitch." Beer is consumed in a background way during a family meal. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Young teens who haven't been exposed to many other sci-fi movies might be mildly entertained by this impressive alien universe and slick digital action. But for most others, Jupiter Ascending is a huge mess: painfully bad and sometimes unintentionally funny. It's difficult to explain the story without cringing (why is there even a queen of the Earth?), and the characters are so shallow and the relationships between them so thin that the various twists and betrayals simply fall flat.
The original screenplay, by sibling filmmakers Lilly and Lana Wachowski, is particularly awkward. It consists of characters drearily explaining the rules of the story to each other, interrupted by interminable fights and chases, followed by more explaining. What can the poor actors do with this? Not much, but Oscar nominee Redmayne turns in a hilariously bad performance, reading his villainous lines with barely audible murmurs, occasionally punctuated by hysterical shrieks. It probably wasn't intentional, but you almost couldn't blame him if it was.
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