The Last Starfighter

1984 PG 1h 41m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Last Starfighter

1984 PG 1h 41m Blu-ray / DVD
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Alex Rogan (Lance Guest) lives in a trailer park and spends his days playing the Starfighter video game. But upon meeting an alien (Robert Preston) who convinces him to use his skills in real combat, Rogan heads to space to protect the galaxy from invasion. He gets to the Starfighter base station before deciding the trailer park wasn't so bad, but returns home to find he's being stalked by an alien beast.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
Subtitles
French
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: DTS 5.1 HD
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 9+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 9+
  • Lance Guest
  • Catherine Mary Stewart
  • Dan O'Herlihy
  • Robert Preston
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Reviews

age 9+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Alex is recruited to fight aliens, and there are explosions and moments where aliens die. But besides some slightly scary alien faces, there is not much gore. Teenagers on Earth are shown making out by the lake in very '80s hair and makeup. There is some mild profanity as well.

Sexual Content

Teenage make-out sessions are standard, and Alex's mom watches he and Maggie share a long smooch goodnight. Kid brother Louis has a collection of Playboy magazines, which he peruses, though the audience sees no nudity. One teenage girl asks her boyfriend to "talk dirty to me." No body parts are shown, though Maggie complains when Alex's double does not share her sensual enthusiasm.

Violence

Lasers, rockets, bad aliens with scary faces. This is a movie about an alien race who wants to take over the universe, and as the title suggests, there are shootouts and fight scenes. Because of the lighthearted humor, the violence is not gory. There are explosions though, and Alex's skills as a starfighter are highlighted. Younger viewers might find some of the aliens to be scary.

Language

Louis, the kid brother, cusses more than anybody. Profanity includes "s--t," "crapola," "hell," and "Oh my God."

Social Behavior

At the trailer park where Alex and Maggie live, people help one another to fix things and act like a community. Because of his amazing video game skills, Alex is recruited to go to another planet in order to help the people of Rylos defeat their enemy. He agrees, grudgingly, and works with other alien species to achieve a common goal.

Consumerism

Budweiser beer sign and beer in hand of trailer park dweller. And yes, Playboy magazine.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Alex implies that his friends "get drunk and throw up every Saturday night." Viewers do not see this, but the friends do drive around rowdily and make out at the lake. An old man smokes a pipe and a beer can is seen in an older man's hand.

  • 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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