October Sky

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Inspiring tale for older tweens and up.

PG 1999 108 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 28 reviews

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age 9+

great family movie

10 year old son loved this movie and parents did too.

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Great messages
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age 14+

Great book adaptation! Great for 8th grade ELAR classrooms.

While there is quite a bit of swearing, and a few short instances of violence, otherwise, this is a great film for young adults to watch about following their dreams and persevering, even when the odds are against you. It's an adaptation of Homer Hickam's nonfiction memoir, "Rocket Boys," and the fact that it's based on a true story is all the more inspirational and meaningful for young adults. I would argue though, that it's MPAA rating should be PG-13. it's definitely a little too mature for children younger than 13.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing

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