Skyrunners

Common Sense Media says

Made-for-TV alien invasion film is aimed straight at tweens.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Though the movie is about saving the world from alien invaders, its real message is about brotherly love. Siblings Nick and Tyler bicker and tease each other, and Nick often seems more interested in girls than his brother, but when it’s important, he chooses to back up his little brother, whether he's facing down high school bullies, nefarious government agents, or alien creatures.

Positive role models

Both main characters ultimately prove to be positive models, but one starts out much iffier than the other. Nick initially seems to have little on his mind other than winning a date with Julie and happily blows off his schoolwork (behavior that isn't really punished, since he's allowed to graduate with his class anyway). But when it counts, he's there for his younger brother, and they eventually work together to fend off an alien invasion plan. Tyler is more responsible and a better student than Nick and encourages his brother to hit the books (though both brothers talk about deceiving their mom). In the "negative" column, Julie's character is little more than her good looks.

Violence

Several scenes show high school seniors bullying younger teens. A government agent tries to intimidate Nick, Tyler, and their mother and acts menacing and threatening. A few fight scenes involve grotesque alien monsters. They're not especially explicit, though one culminates with the brothers bashing an alien with a big rock.

Sex

Just one romantic kiss, but Nick spends almost the entire film trying to win the attention of Julie, the object of his affection. He, his younger brother, and even their mother frequently refer to Julie as a “smoking hot babe” and use other phrases that refer to her appearance (though it's meant to be complimentary, her character has few notable traits other than being attractive). The brothers are both shown in their boxers. A young teenage girl speculates whether Tyler would be a good kisser.

Language

Very tame. “Kick butt” is about as salty as it gets.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this made-for-TV alien-invasion adventure about two brothers who stumble upon a UFO is equal parts sci-fi action and high school drama, with older brother Nick trying to win a date with the girl of his dreams while defending younger brother Tyler from a pack of bullies (and, eventually, working with him to save the world). This Disney production is aimed straight at tweens, so the action violence is on the tame side, and there’s no swearing or drinking to concern parents -- though Nick’s academic habits leave much to be desired, and the siblings frequently discuss the art of deceiving their mother. While romance is limited to one kiss, there's a good bit of talk about how attractive Nick's crush is (the phrase "smoking hot babe" is used).

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

In SKYRUNNERS, high school senior Nick (Kelly Blatz) and his younger brother, Tyler (Joey Pollari), accidentally stumble upon a mysterious spaceship -- before long they’re zipping around the world, flying through space and then making a quick stop at the malt shop hoping to impress girls. Meanwhile, they’re being pursued by a government agent from the shadowy NSSC who might have a secret agenda. As they learn more about the ship, the siblings uncover a dangerous alien plot. Can they defeat the invaders and save the world before graduation?

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Skyrunners suffers a bit from genre confusion. Is it a sci-fi flick about alien invaders or a high school drama? It plays like both, but it isn’t really long enough to develop either plot line. As a result, viewers get a few fun scenes with the spaceship, a standard story about freshman Tyler getting bullied, a subplot about whether Nick will be eligible to graduate, and then suddenly a mad rush to introduce the extraterrestrial villains in the third act.

Still, while some of the story feels a bit forced, tweens will probably still enjoy much of the movie. And Blatz and Pollari have a nice chemistry as brothers -- it’s nice to see Nick defend Tyler from a gang of toughs. That said, the siblings also spend plenty of time plotting to deceive their mother (for Nick it’s almost an art form), and Nick seems to be interested only in pursuing girls. He’s even willing to blow off an important school assignment and skip out on Tyler’s performance in a play to pursue his crush. Fortunately he’s willing to step up to the plate when Tyler's really in danger, since the fate of the world is at stake.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether Nick and Tyler are good role models. Do they have a realistic sibling relationship? Read our interview with the two stars to get their take on their characters.

  • What do you think about the relationship between the brothers? Nick can be self-centered at times, but he also sticks up for Tyler several times and even risks his life to save him. Would you do the same for your sibling?

  • How does this movie compare to others that place their alien storylines front and center? Does that make the movie more of a sci-fi adventure or a teen drama?

TV details

Cast:Joey Pollari, Kelly Blatz, Linda Kash
Network:Disney XD
Genre:Science Fiction
TV rating:TV-PG

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Parent of a 13 year old Written byTTDK July 11, 2010
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13
QUALITY
 

Don't Watch this if you are less than Ten (scary)

Love it, But Not all of it, cause some part's are too scary for children
Kid, 12 years old June 8, 2012
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10
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Eh

I had no trouble with this movie, except the fact that one alien get's it's arm sliced off, and green ooze and blood shoots onto the wall. It looked cheesy, but it's still violence.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written byhypnotica March 19, 2012
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9
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One word: ... BOSS.

The movie is different yet... not-so different, it does have interesting role models with the brothers looking out for each other but there is mild sexual behavior such as kissing and short skirts/shorts. There is a bit of violence such as an alien being smushed under a door, bullying, etc. But other than that... BOSS.
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Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex

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