As the Soviet satellite Sputnik streaks across the heavens in October 1957, it's a source of inspiration for 17-year-old Homer Hickam. Drafting a few friends to help, Homer crafts a rocket to compete for a science fair scholarship.
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- Joe Johnston
- This movie is
PGLanguage, brief teen sensuality and alcohol use, and for some thematic elements
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1, Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
YesLanguage and sound
French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; commentary; spot light on location featurette; "Aiming High: The Story of the Rocket Boys" featurette; production notes; theatrical trailer.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this moving drama based on a true story centers on a very difficult, tense father-son relationship. Ultimately, the movie is about following your dreams, no matter how unachievable they might feel. In one scene, a drunken stepfather beats up one of the main character's friends; there's also some surprisingly strong language for a PG-rated movie (including "s--t") and a few mild sexual references.
- Sexual Content
- Some talk of kissing and putting the moves on girls, but nothing is really shown.
- A boy is beaten in public by his stepfather. There's a brief glimpse of a dead body, as well as a potentially scary mine cave-in. Someone shoots at a character through a window (no injuries). Some accidents with the test rockets.
- Includes a couple of uses of "s--t," as well as "damn," "hell," "ass," etc. Characters also say things like "goddamn" and "swear to God."
- Social Behavior
- Emphasizes the importance of following your dreams, no matter how impossible they might seem. Also underlines the necessity of hard work and creativity.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Some drinking; a minor character is an alcoholic. Brief glimpse of smoking.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it