A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Stereotypes, fat jokes.
Positive Role Models
No real positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Soldiers point machine guns at the lead character. Lead character falls backwards down a ditch, lands on his head and back.
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The bratty little brother of the lead character calls the lead character's dog "retarded." "S--t" from a teen. "S--t," "hell," and "bastard" from adults.
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Products & Purchases
Lead character asks an intern at NASA for a Big Mac, fries, and Coke from McDonald's. Intern lists all the types and flavors of Coca-Cola available at the time the movie was set, circa 1986. Robot sings the "Rice-a-Roni" jingle.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Flight of the Navigator is a 1986 science fiction movie in which a 12-year-old Miami boy from 1978 is abducted by an alien and ends up eight years into the future. There are some moments of iffy humor: The bratty little brother of the lead character calls the lead character's dog "retarded"; this same little brother, after a name-calling exchange between the two culminating in "skuzbucket" and "buttface," sticks out his rear end and at his brother while making a face. As a spaceship briefly hovers over Tokyo, all of the several Japanese people observing the spaceship immediately take out and start clicking on their cameras. A fat joke is made at the expense of an obese Florida gas station and gift shop owner. Occasional profanity: a teen says "s--t," adults say "s--t," "hell," and "bastard." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is an above-average offering from Disney. The sequences on the ship are both funny and touching, as Max and David each try to get home. The special effects are, for the most part, surprisingly fresh and believable, and the opening sequence of dogs playing Frisbee is spectacular.
It's all very well done, with clever shots that make everyday objects look like they just might be from a spacecraft, and very affecting scenes between David and his new, older family. Joey Cramer does a good job in his role. This is a charming movie, with enough drama and humor to please almost any viewer. Just be aware that there is more profanity than you might expect from a PG movie, and there are some stereotypes and dated jokes.
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