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By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

A so-so sophomoric space comedy.

Movie PG 1997 94 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 13+


Funny movie, but parents beware there is language. “H” at least 3 times and “D” and use God’s name in vain several times. Just want others parents to be aware if you have younger children. Some innuendoes and drinking also.

This title has:

Too much swearing
age 11+

Inappropriate humor

It’s weird because the movie has a lot of kid humor, but then some adult humor I.e. taking shots and getting someone drunk, and when being introduced to a female astronaut he was making references to “sleeping” with her in a comedical but sexual way.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6):
Kids say (3):

ROCKETMAN looks, from the DVD cover and the beginning of the story, like a warm-hearted, family movie -- but looks are deceiving. The more you watch, the more you get the sense that this isn't a Disney movie of the Son of Flubber or the classic Shaggy Dog caliber. Instead, it's just another sophomoric fantasy with a little toilet humor to round it out.

The premise should give you the first hint that this film is totally absurd. What's unfortunate is that it isn't absurd in the good, clean way that the original Nutty Professor was. Instead, it's tinged with the immaturity of American Pie and the toilet humor of Dumb and Dumber -- but it's not as good as either of those. Having eaten all the food on the ship, Fred serves his fellow astronauts microwaved toothpaste and hemorrhoid cream. He loses a prized medallion in the space toilet and goes after it. He passes gas in his space suit and it gets transmitted to his fellow astronaut. It's funny, sure -- and your 8-year-old will likely love it. But it's not great. And it's not the kind of movie you keep around for years to come.

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