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First Man | 2018 | PG-13 | – 1.4.5

Why is “First Man” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for many scenes of men operating in very risky, perilous space travel missions, with several causing the death of pilots and for 2 F-words. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


Based on the book by James R. Hansen: A big screen look at the life of astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon, and the NASA program that led to the celebrated human achievement of July 20th, 1969. With Claire Foy, Ryan Gosling, Pablo Schreiber, Christopher Abbott, Ethan Embry, Ciarán Hinds, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, Shea Whigham, Patrick Fugit and Lukas Haas. Directed by Damien Chazelle. [Running Time: 2:21]

First Man SEX/NUDITY 1

 – A husband and his wife hug and kiss in several scenes. A husband and his wife dance and kiss. A husband kisses his fingers and presses them against a glass pane and his wife touches the glass from the other side (he is in quarantine).
 A woman is shown pregnant.


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First Man VIOLENCE/GORE 4

 - Three astronauts are strapped into a capsule and the hatches are secured, tests are run and we hear that oxygen has been purged as sparks flash and flames spread through the capsule; the astronauts try to get the hatches open and we realize from the metal hatch expanding and from a muffled sound that there was an explosion (we hear that the three men were killed).
 A pilot tests landing a lunar module, he is unable to control it and he ejects; the module crashes and burns up while the pilot lands hard on the ground and is dragged by his parachute (we see his face with char on it). During a docking test flight, after a successful docking, the capsule spins out of control and the controls do not respond; one pilot releases the docked vessel and struggles to stop the spinning as the other pilot passes out and they eventually are OK.
 A pilot is shown flying a supersonic plane and it shakes and rattles as he steers the vessel out of Earth's atmosphere; when re-entering the vessel bounces off the atmosphere and the instruments do not function, the pilot regains control, breaks through cloud cover and nearly crashes into a mountain peak before landing on a desert floor. Three astronauts are suited up and strapped into their space capsule: they prepare for lift off, there is a countdown, a rumble and a blast, we hear metal creaking, we hear screeching sounds as it lifts off and boosters are separated as the capsule moves through space and docks with a lunar orbiter. Two astronauts undock from their capsule and land a lunar module; they move close to the moon's surface and we see many large boulders that they must avoid, one astronaut switches controls to manual and lands the module safely. Two pilots are strapped into a capsule and the hatches are closed and secured; there is a countdown, we hear metal creaking and a loud roar and rattling as they move through the atmosphere and we see sparks outside the window, and then silence. A pilot is strapped into a metal frame that spins and he is instructed that he must balance its movements before passing out; the first attempt causes the pilot to fall unconscious. We see a rocket being launched in the distance and there is a loud rumbling as the engines fire up. Two astronauts walk on the surface of the moon and one jumps a couple of times.
 A woman paces back and forth in a hallway and when a man comes to report on her husband (who is in space) she yells at him for not having things under control. A man squeezes a glass in his hand when he hears news of three pilots being killed and he cuts his hand on the glass (we see drops of blood on the floor). A man is shown with a bloody head wound after he had to eject from a failed landing. A woman stands unmoving in her driveway (she seems lost and confused) after her husband was killed in a space capsule explosion. We hear that two astronauts must be quarantined for one month after returning from the moon.
 A young girl is shown strapped onto a medical table while undergoing radiation treatment; we later hear discussion of a tumor and the child dies and we see people grieving at the graveside service as a coffin is lowered into the ground.
 A man imagines his young daughter in a few scenes after she has died. A young boy swats his mother with a towel and she chases him (she seems angry). A man picks up his son and pretends to put him in the freezer.
 We hear that two pilots crashed during a test flight and they both died. A man says of a pilot's boss, "He should ground him before he hurts himself." A woman recalls that 4 pilots died in a year. People are shown protesting the money spent on the space program instead of feeding the poor. We hear about anti-war protests. People hold posters that read, "How many must die." A wife yells at her husband and tells him that he must be the one to tell their sons that he might not be coming back from a space mission to the moon. Two boys (they're brothers) argue in several scenes. A man tells his son to stand in the corner (as punishment).
 Two men vomit after a test that spun them until they passed out; we hear gagging, coughing and splattering and later see them and other men with stains on the clothing (implying that more men vomited). A young girl vomits into a container and cries after radiation treatment (we hear a bit of splatter but do not see any). Two astronauts urinate in bags in a space capsule (we see the liquid).


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First Man LANGUAGE 5

 - About 2 F-words, 3 scatological terms, 6 mild obscenities, name-calling (egghead, idiots, peculiar, whitey), exclamations (gosh), 5 religious exclamations (God, Holy [scatological term deleted], Jesus Christ, Jesus). | profanity glossary |


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First Man SUBSTANCE USE

 - Two men drink beers, men are shown drinking beers in a few scenes, and a man holds a glass of whiskey. A woman smokes cigarettes in many scenes throughout the movie, and men smokes cigarettes in many scenes throughout the movie (indoors and outdoors, in offices, homes, etc.).


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First Man DISCUSSION TOPICS

 - The space race, manned space travel, NASA, Gemini, Apollo, adventures, political fallout, the Soviets, normal life, stability, marriage, death of a child, man's quest for knowledge, the death of friends and colleagues.

First Man MESSAGE

 - Neil Armstrong and the other astronauts are brave and remarkable people.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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