A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Some characters injured, sad death. Tense and scary scenes, characters in peril.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lothario character played for laughs, sexual references, brief nudity.
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Some strong and salty language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking and smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has some strong language and some sexual references. Sutherland's character is portrayed as a perpetual womanizer and this is supposed to be charming and virile, even when he makes a very vulgar comment on Jay Leno's show. Characters drink and smoke, punch each other, and engage in other kinds of risky behavior. There's a sad death. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The effortless star quality of these actors, so clearly still in their prime, is undimmed. If we needed someone to save the world, wouldn't Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, James Garner, and Donald Sutherland be the guys to do it? Or at least wouldn't it be fun to watch those guys play "Leisure World astronauts" showing off their right stuff? If your answer is yes, this is your movie.
Director Eastwood takes his time, giving us a prolonged black and white intro, with the stars' voices coming from younger actors portraying them circa 1958. Then we have to get acquainted with the problem, NASA has to come to Corvin for help, he has to turn them down, then get his old nemesis to agree to let him get his over-the-hill-gang back together, then they have to go through training and show those young upstart astronauts a thing or two, and then comes ten, nine, eight, seven, and all the rest of it and we're out in space. The script is weak and saggy and the plot is predictable. The last scene is weirdly maudlin, even macabre.
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