The Astronaut Farmer

The Astronaut Farmer
The Astronaut Farmer
  • PG
  • 1h 44m
  • 2007
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Academy Award® winner Billy Bob Thornton stars as a man who refuses to give up on his dreams in this inspirational family drama filled with heart, humor and a healthy dose of social satire. As a farmer, family man and former astronaut-in-training, Charles Farmer -- played by Thornton (Mr. Woodcock)-- chases his lifelong dream to reach the stars by building his very own spacecraft in his barn! With the support of his family and friends -- played by Virginia Madsen (Smith, Sideways), Bruce Dern (Big Love) and Tim Blake Nelson (Minority Report) -- Farmer bravely faces the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation, Federal Aviation Administration and financial ruin to overcome every obstacle that stands in the way of his launch and his dreams.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: The Astronaut Farmer is a charming, inspirational drama that successfully avoids modern cinematic cliches while appealing to the optimistic dreamer in all of us.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Billy Bob dreams of space in uneven fantasy drama.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is an uplifting family-friendly fantasy populated by realistic characters and settings. Younger kids might need some context to understand emotional scenes involving a grandfather's death and a rocket crashing. A character throws a brick through a bank window in anger, and a wife throws a plate at her husband. Kids in the family have to deal with their father's reputation for being "crazy," and his wife has to contend with financial hardship in wake of her husband's obsession. One rocket launch results in an explosion and crash that leaves Charlie in the hospital (some blood). Mild language, including "ass" and "s--t."

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Sci-Fi
  • Release Date:February 23, 2007
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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