Parents' Guide to

The Flight of the Navigator

By Sarah Wenk, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

'80s time-travel adventure has some cursing.

Movie PG 1986 90 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 12+

Scary start

My kids, ages 12, 9, 7 were all too scared in the beginning to keep watching. The alien abduction and separation from parents creeped them out more than I realized it would. While the rest of the movie would have been fine (at least for my older two), this was a rougher start than I remembered from childhood when alien movies were more commonplace. It was pretty foreign to my kids.
age 10+

A gem from another time

Movies like this aren't made anymore. A good, wholesome, fun, exciting, suspenseful, fantasy enjoyable for the whole family. I saw this in the theater at age 7 and remember it for the time travel story, not the random bad word. As with every other movie you grew up watching in the 80s, PG rated movies from this period have more foul language that you remember. I may have cringed once or twice watching this with my 10 year old, but the fact is by age 10 kids are hearing this relatively light bad language (and worse, unfortunately) at school, out in public, or even on network television. Use it as a teaching moment, and enjoy this classic!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (7 ):

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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