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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Silly but exuberant sci-fi adventure has fantasy violence.

Movie PG-13 2017 137 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 21 parent reviews

age 18+

Not appropriate for young children

The visuals were stunning and it was very well done... (barring some very shallow treatments of death and killing, as well as very old world, objectification of women). I would have really enjoyed the many positive aspects of this film, IF I had watched it without my children. Fortunately, I was able to block several shots but we did not completely escape some young adult content and adult scenes much to my deep and utter disappointment. The icing on the cake was that the ending had strong references to sex. So, after watching over a full hour of the story, we had to skip the ending! There was also a reference to gore... that I can't even document... I wanted to be sick and I am crushed that we cannot unsee that scene. There was some talk about life being painful, and death not. (Not a great message if you have vulnerable teens!) I was so mad about this film not being rated appropriately that I created an account with Common Sense Media just so I could warn other parents. Don't waste your time. What 16-18 year old wants to watch a movie like this with their parents? This is not a family movie by any stretch of the imagination. You might consider saving this movie for after the kids go off to college!

This title has:

Too much sex
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age 16+

Stripper Pole Okay For 11+?!?!?!

Really CSM? 11+ for a movie containing a stipper dance?!?! Nuff said I guess.
2 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

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

Expensive and impressively, colorfully designed, this sci-fi/action movie is frequently silly and not always very smart, but it has a joyous exuberance and a sheer, dizzy love of the genre. Written and directed by Luc Besson and based on French comics by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets feels directly inspired by Star Wars, as if it were riding a wave of enthusiasm spurred by that film's 1977 release. It's an homage that might have been conceived by Roger Corman, by Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus at Cannon Films, or even by a kid in the backyard. The only differences are that it has a $200 million budget, and it's way, way too long.

Some of the movie's images -- such as an immense marketplace in an alternate dimension, or the complex structure of Alpha itself -- are absolutely breathtaking. And Besson's action and chase sequences are bright and snappy, with touches of swaggering humor (helped by Alexandre Desplat's full-blooded, jaunty score). Model-turned-actress Delevingne isn't a great thespian, but her presence has a Barbarella/Galaxina quality, with a bit of Bond girl thrown in. Meanwhile, while DeHaan is fine in introspective indies, he doesn't seem quite right as a Han Solo space-cowboy type. But most quibbles of this kind are easily forgiven, thanks to the movie's overall cheery spirit and positive vibe.

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