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By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

A bit clunky, but entertaining sci-fi.

Movie PG-13 2005 119 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 16+

Great continuation of the series, but not for kids.

This isn't family fare like Star Wars. The central theme involves scary space cannibals. The violence is gritty and intense. One main character is a futuristic prostitute. It's a great story about family and standing up for what's right, just not for kids. (---SPOILERS---) A key plot point involves them strapping the bodies of their friends to the outside of the ship to fool the space cannibals. Two characters talk openly of having sex. There's a medical scene at the beginning that contains disturbing imagery. At least one creepy jump scare.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
age 14+

Good movie but has horror & sex

Good movie, but would not recommend for less than 14 years of age. I read the reviews in common sense, and nobody mentioned that there is going to be inappropriate intimate scene. So here it is. Almost in the end the man talks about his regret and the girl says , "sex" and in the end they are making out and go to the floor insinuation is that they are doing it, The horror part, is the cannibal people, their faces are scary, and when they attack, my 12 year old got scared.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (15 ):

SERENITY makes the future quite like the present, and that's not a bad thing. Though occasionally clunky in structure and execution (some images reportedly culled from unused footage from Joss Whedon's TV series Firefly, from which the storyline and characters are drawn), the movie is entertaining and the dialogue often witty.

Styled like cowboys, Mal's team resists the Alliance for all the right reasons. If the brutal, brave, confused adolescent is a favorite trope for Whedon and his fans, the tormented but also irredeemably fated River is also here a sign of resistance to conventional thinking. River's telepathy -- which makes her (seem) crazy and grants her way too much information pertaining to everyone around her -- is related thematically to the film's most idealistic notion, that media exposure -- via a character with access to all angles of dissemination, Mr. Universe (David Kurmholtz) -- might save the 'verse.

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