Movie review by
Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
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A so-so sophomoric space comedy.
  • PG
  • 1997
  • 94 minutes

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 3 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Fred is the equivalent of a 10-year-old boy in maturity level, farting openly, not taking responsibility, and not taking anything seriously. Fred also sacrifices and nearly gives his life for his colleagues.

Violence & Scariness

A lot of comic clumsiness that results in injuries: A man gets hit in the head with a toy and suffers a skull fracture. Fred careens out of control and hits a man in a wheelchair. Fred and Bill almost die when they run out of oxygen. Bill gets trapped under a space vehicle. The whole team almost dies when their spacecraft gets hit and starts to freefall to the Mars surface. Ulysees the chimp bites Fred and Fred waves him around, knocking him into things.

Sexy Stuff

Fred and Julie dance and kiss once.


A lot of Disney characters are mentioned in the film. Fred sings songs from The Wizard of Oz and Pinocchio. Fred wears a Mr. Peanut t-shirt.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Fred and Bill go to a bar, where Fred drinks lots of shots, gets drunk, and forces Julie to dance with him. Julie tells Bill, "Getting someone drunk like that is wrong."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fred and a number of other characters do pratfalls that look fun, but could be dangerous if kids attempt them, like running into someone who's injured, breaking a window, etc. The movie also contains some perilous scenes where the main characters nearly die in a space accident, making this movie a better fit for kids 7 and up. There is also some toilet humor.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydesir January 2, 2018

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 femal... Continue reading
Parent of a 17-year-old Written byDesiree O. June 28, 2017

Awesome Movie

i love this movie, it will make you laugh very hard
Teen, 13 years old Written byleopluscalypso March 29, 2019


I love this movie more than Space Jam, and that's saying a lot. It has some "crude humor" but I think it is totally okay for little ones. I love... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old August 19, 2013

familey movie is full of laughter

This movie was awesome I watched it with my parents and we loved it we lent it to gramma and grandpa and guess what they loved it. I think this is a great famil... Continue reading

What's the story?

Fred Z. Randall (Harland Williams) is a man who has dreamed about space travel for as long as he can remember. Now 30 and still living at home with a mother who makes his sandwiches for him, Fred creates software programs for NASA simulations. When the most recent one he created for a mission to Mars seemingly malfunctions and the astronaut scheduled for the trip gets injured in Fred's office (the first of many injuries and pratfalls to come), Fred gets the chance of a lifetime: To train with and travel to the moon with legendary space cowboy "Wild Bill" Overbeck (William Sadler) and the beautiful biologist Julie Ford (Jessica Lundy).

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why kids like seeing movies where adults act like kids. Do you think it's OK to really act the way Fred does at his job?

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