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Stardust

1998 PG 1h 45m DVD

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Stardust

1998 PG 1h 45m DVD
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A scientist finds his newest invention -- a microchip that infuses inanimate objects with human qualities -- co-opted by the company he works for, which wants to capitalize on his findings. Knowing his creation can be used for evil purposes, he stashes it away, but his 11-year-old son, Charlie, finds it and implants it into a vacuum cleaner he calls Stardust. Will he manage to elude his dad's greedy bosses?
Format
DVD
Screen
Full Screen 1.33:1
Subtitles
Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Rating
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
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Reviews

age 11+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this Stardust is not the 2007 film based on the Neil Gaiman novel, but a low-budget 1998 film about an old vacuum cleaner that slowly comes to life after inadvertently vacuuming up a bio-chip invented by the scientist father of the house. This could have been an interesting premise, but instead, the film is duller than vacuuming a living room. There is occasional profanity ("ass," "dick"), and some moments of corporate espionage that feel more like home invasions. There's nowhere near the action a film like this should have, and the amateur hour feel of the production makes this one to avoid.

Sexual Content

Not applicable

Violence

Thieves representing the evil corporation break into Karol's house. Punches are thrown and bookcases are tossed around. Two boys cut their thumbs with a switchblade in order to become "blood brothers." A boy's necktie gets sucked into a vacuum cleaner while he's wearing the tie; he chokes for about 10 seconds before the vacuum cleaner lets him go.

Language

"Crap," "hell," "dick," and "ass." A younger brother makes a joke about how his older brother only thinks with his "third leg."

Social Behavior

As it slowly comes to life, Stardust the vacuum cleaner becomes fond of repeating the word "peace" over and over again. The father goes to jail rather than have his work used for war.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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