Parents' Guide to

The Astronaut Farmer

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Billy Bob dreams of space in uneven fantasy drama.

Movie PG 2007 104 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

A Laugh-Out-Loud Movie...But Not In a Good Way

THE ASTRONAUT FARMER is not a good movie. At all. If you watch it, you probably won't enjoy it, due to its laughable story, soap-opera script, and bad acting. Language is an issue in the movie. "S**t" and "a*s" are used some, and so is "d**n". A man recalls his father's suicide, and the main character is beat up pretty bad after a shuttle crash. He is also a bad role model for kids. He sacrifices his family's hopes and dreams on a whim to make himself feel good, and we're supposed to praise him for it. He acts irrationally to situations and vandalizes public buildings.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Part frontier myth, part family saga, and part redemption story, this disparate drama is about dreaming, sacrifice, and obsession. Charlie remains fixated despite money troubles, legal threats, and taunts. His quirky outlook recalls the Polish brothers' earlier films (Northfork, Twin Falls Idaho), but the one in this movie is more literal. It's also too dependent on Audie as a "device." Like many women in the movies, she bears and expresses the emotional costs of Charlie's masculine dreaming.

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