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Experience the sci-fi epic that launched a new era in blockbuster filmmaking with this newly restored edition. Director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin join forces with an all-star cast that includes Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman. When powerful aliens launch an all-out invasion, the world’s only hope lies in uniting for one last strike to save mankind.
SPECIAL EDITION VERSION
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: The plot is thin and so is character development, but as a thrilling, spectacle-filled summer movie, Independence Day delivers.
June 21, 2017
Splendidly cheesy entertainment.
June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media
Common Sense Says
Nonstop over-the-top fun for teens and up.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Independence Day is an action-packed science-fiction film filled with scenes of the fiery destruction of entire cities and the people who live in them, along with smaller scale personal fatalities and some pretty grisly aliens. The filmmakers take pains to introduce some very likeable characters, only to explode them soon afterward. This movie was the gold standard of sci-fi effects and air battles when it was released in 1996, and older kids and teens that have a firm understanding of the difference between fantasy and reality will enjoy the ride. There's some swearing (i.e. "hell," "schmuck," "ass," "s--t," "bastard," "goddamn"), and one scene takes place in a strip club with scanty costumes. A man who claims to have been abducted by aliens is teased with comments like "Did they do any sexual things?" There's an unmarried couple in bed; teens talk about virginity.
A Lot or A Little?
The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Role Models
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- Genre:Sci-Fi, Action
- Release Date:July 3, 1996
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
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