Sweet sci-fi romcom has language, drinking.
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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Moonshot is a 2022 sci-fi romcom in which two college students go on a rocket to Mars to be with their significant others. Expect some profanity, including "f--k." Also: "a--hole," "s--t," "d--k," "bitch," "ass," "goddammit." Binge drinking at a party -- including a moment where a drunk college student slurs and stumbles while talking to the lead character. Characters get drunk on "space wine." Some kissing and sexual innuendo. Mild danger and peril, particularly when the spaceship launches or lands. Positive diverse representations throughout, in terms of race, ethnicity, gender representations, sexual orientation, and family background.
Entertaining in places, but contains mixed messages.
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What's the Story?
In MOONSHOT, it's the year 2049, and as Earth becomes increasingly polluted, Mars is being terraformed by the company run by billionaire Leon Kovi (Zach Braff). Walt (Cole Sprouse), who works as an assistant barista to a robot named Gary, idolizes Kovi, and is applying once again to be the college student selected for the "Kovi Industries Student Mars Program," which is the only way he could be a passenger on the pricey flight to Mars. After finding out he has been rejected yet again for this program, Walt attends a party where he meets Ginny (Emily Rudd). The two form an immediate bond, but Ginny is leaving the very next day for Mars. Also at the party, Walt has an unpleasant interaction with Sophie (Lana Condor); he breaks the orb she's using to communicate with her engineer boyfriend Calvin, who lives and works on Mars. As Walt and Ginny's very long-distance relationship begins to devolve into infrequent texting, Sophie shows up at Walt's coffee shop in tears because Calvin has decided to extend his stay on Mars instead of coming home to be with her on Earth. Unlike Walt, Sophie can afford the million-dollar flight to Mars, and he convinces her to buy a ticket. However, Walt has an ulterior motive for convincing Sophie to do this: He wants use Sophie to help him get past security and hide on the ship. As the ship blasts off from Earth, Sophie is soon shocked to discover that Walt has made it onto the ship, and by helping him accomplish this, she is complicit in Walt's crime and could face deportment back to Earth. She tries to help him, as Walt uses Calvin's ID and pretends to be Calvin. As the 35-day trip to Mars goes on, Walt and Sophie slowly begin to bond, and the closer they get, Sophie must decide what is truly important in her life and Walt must learn the true meaning of "adventure."
Is It Any Good?
This is a sweet and earnest sci-fi romcom that effectively blends both well-trodden genres. While Moonshot checks off all the plot points of a romcom, it's carried, as all romcoms are, by the chemistry between the two leads. Cole Sprouse is entertaining as the bumbling, awkward, and "average" "Barista in Space," and Lana Condor's dry-humored, no-nonsense character strikes the perfect balance. Even with the sci-fi elements, the story doesn't break any of the expected rules of the romcom, but because of this chemistry between Sprouse and Condor, it doesn't have to.
The sci-fi elements aren't overbearing and they're occasionally funny -- as characters drink "space wine," dance in a "futuristic" manner, and work for robots who look like robots from '70s sci-fi. The movie does use these sci-fi elements to make comments on (unsurprisingly) the environment, and also on the prospect of only the ultra-wealthy getting to experience the thrill of space travel. The "future" is presented with a light touch, and enhances what turns out to be an enjoyable romantic comedy and reflection on life choices and the true meaning of adventure.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the diversity in Moonshot. How are the characters diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, gender representations, sexual orientation, and family background? How is this different from other sci-fi and romcoms?
How does the movie use the elements of romcoms and the elements of sci-fi to communicate its message on the true meaning of "adventure," as well as a way to provide social commentary on billionaires, space exploration, the environment?
How does Walt show that he's anything but average through his efforts to get on the ship to Mars and in the relationship that develops with Sophie?
- On DVD or streaming: May 24, 2022
- Cast: Cole Sprouse, Lana Condor, Zach Braff
- Director: Christopher Winterbauer
- Studio: HBO Max
- Genre: Science Fiction
- Topics: Adventures, Space and Aliens
- Run time: 104 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: Some strong language and suggestive material.
- Last updated: October 8, 2022
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