The Rocket

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Faith-based true-life teen sports story has some cursing.

NR 2018 86 minutes

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 5+

Based on 1 review

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age 10+

An amateur movie with a bad message.

I have never been moved to write a review before, but this movie inspired me. The Rocket begins with a father dumping his high school athletic dreams on his pre-schooler and goes downhill from there. The young man is bullied by his father until the child suffers an off-field injury and is then ignored by his father. The young man tries a new sport. This causes his father to make fun of him and ignore him in equal measure. Did I mention that his mother does nothing to intervene? Only when the young man is successful in his new sport does his father even bother to show up. The moral of this story seems to be: Your dad will love you only you are a champion at your father’s chosen sport. Anything less than that, and you are on your own. This is a devastating examination of toxic masculinity in parenting being passed off as inspiration.

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