Parents' Guide to

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Arthur and his alien friend travel the galaxy.

Movie PG 2005 110 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 8+

So long and thanks for all the fish

Super funny and awesome! I loved the mice and "So long and thanks for all the fish". SO funny! Not really a problem for anyone who likes stuff like Star Wars. Some insulting words, but not very problematic. A whale and some crabs get killed, a robot is greatly damaged (but comes back), there are a lot of fight scenes, and a character almost is executed. Overall, I was OK with the movie (I am 10), but if you are the parents of younger kids, watch with caution.
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age 2+


It was hilarious and all the tiny bit of sexual innuendo went right over my kids head. The part where the dolphins leave the earth in their spaceships had me laughing for days after. Definitely watch it by yourself or with the family.
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Is It Any Good?

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Perhaps this film's most provocative innovation is the POV (point of view) Gun, with which the shooter can instantly impose his perspective on a target. The Guide narrator tells us the gun was invented by "a group of housewives who had become utterly sick of ending every domestic argument with the words, 'You just don't get it, do you?'" Once Trillian gets a hold of this potent weapon, her vulnerability is exposed, which means she finally seems to break through Zaphod and Arthur's self-obsessions. But as the film never suggests how her life will improve once they "get it," Trillion seems left adrift.

Based on Douglas Adams' beloved BBC radio series (first aired in 1978, and thereafter turned into novel and TV series), this movie has been in the works, in some format, for over 20 years. This means that some of the ideas, in being faithful to the source also feel dated, that is, not new insights (media are deceitful, corporate workers are boring and shortsighted, boys are nervous about expressing their feelings to girls... well, okay, some old concerns remain unresolved).

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