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Race to Space

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Boy trains chimp heading into space; peril and bullying.

Movie PG 2002 104 minutes
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This movie has a lot to like, including its focus on the ingenuity, brilliance, and creativity of the team that started America's space program, but sometimes the plot turns hokey. It's possible, though, that the oversimplification of complicated matters may be exactly what makes it a good choice for kids interested in space exploration.

There are some minor issues with Race to Space. For example, the work-obsessed dad who dresses in suit and tie demonstrates his interest in his son by wearing a casual shirt and showing up in a cool convertible sports car, as if these superficial changes could repair their relationship. The plot takes many unbelievable turns for the sake of dramatic and comic progress -- chimps can be violent and powerful, and it's highly unlikely a small boy would ever be permitted to spend unsupervised time with a chimp, but many scenes show just that. Otherwise, the chimps are adorable and amazing, and young animal lovers and space enthusiasts will find much to enjoy.

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