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Parents' Guide to

The Space Between Us

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Teen sci-fi romance is sweet, if not out of this world.

Movie PG-13 2017 121 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 14+

Reckless behaviour from teens

For the most part, this movie is pretty clean. There's only a handful of swear words and I don’t recall any violence. However, the two main characters (who are about 16) engage in some unlawful activities that are hardly justified by context. They use money that isn't theirs, steal two cars whilst on the run from the authorities and I was especially shocked by one scene where they camped in the open during their journey...and had sex. The scene wasn't particularly graphic - it just had some implied nudity - but it left me thinking, "What?! I thought they were underage! They shouldn't be allowed to show minors having sex, especially without consequences!" The girl character didn't get pregnant or anything later, even though I doubt they used protection. I mean, I know sex doesn't guarantee pregnancy, but what kind of message is this film trying to send to young people? Many teenage parents once thought they were going to be in the percentage of people who have sex once without apparent consequences... I wouldn't recommend this to impressionable young people who would think the protagonists' actions are acceptable. Their irresponsibility makes their relationship hardly one to strive for. If you want to watch a sci-fi romance film that has good messages for young viewers, you can't go wrong with "Edward Scissorhands".
age 11+

Fantastic Movie for Children 11 to 111

It’s August Rush and E.T. rolled into one. The heart breaks and soars! Superb cast!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (21 ):

This sweet but not particularly out-of-this-world teen romance stars a talented ensemble, but it ultimately lacks the necessary sparks. Although younger audiences may not notice, adults will realize the age discrepancy between the two main characters (almost seven years); Robertson and Butterfield are fine actors, but the filmmakers should cast someone as Tulsa who didn't look old enough to be Butterfield's concerned older sister -- or chosen a male lead who didn't look quite so young. By the time they start their inevitable kissing, it's downright uncomfortable to watch.

That major flaw aside, the story is fairly predictable once audiences figure out what's a red herring and what's reality. Hot on the couple's heels is the Mars mission's former billionaire visionary, Nathaniel Shepherd (Gary Oldman). His keen interest in Gardner's health signals an overarching sense of guilt at unknowingly sending a pregnant woman to space, and Goldman plays Shepherd with a constant sense of concern and frenzy. Carla Gugino, an expert at maternal roles, co-stars as Kendra, the scientist who acted as Gardner's primary guardian on Mars. She's always ready with a comforting word to the curious, confused boy. Bottom line? This is no Titanic, but The Space Between Us should appeal to middle-schoolers looking for an easy-to-follow story about teens who find friendship and love from across the solar system.

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