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Interstellar | 2014 | PG-13 | - 1.5.5

An astronaut (Matthew McConaughey) comes out of retirement to help search for a new home planet for humans as the Earth dies gradually under massive storms. With little time left, he goes through a wormhole with his flight engineer (Anne Hathaway) to explore new worlds. Also with David Gyasi, Wes Bentley, John Lithgow, Michael Caine, Josh Stewart, Casey Affleck, Jessica Chastain and the voice of Bill Irwin,. Directed by Christopher Nolan. [2:49]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - An elderly man tells his widowed son-in-law to be nice to a woman in order to repopulate part of the Earth and the younger man laughs. Astronauts discuss whether they should begin populating a human colony on a new planet with 9,000 embryos fertilized in petri dishes; there is only one woman among the astronauts and we see stacks of petri dishes twice, but nothing is done with them.
 A female astronaut admits to her crew and superiors that she is in love with another explorer and wants to take their ship to find him and his colony; the others deny her, and she cries and leaves the deck of the ship.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - Two astronauts chase another man in another ship toward their space station where the lone man is unable to dock properly and is blown out of a faulty air lock into space, presumably dying. A longhouse on an ice planet explodes in tall flames, killing an astronaut. Astronauts find a water world with a high mountain range on it and one man shouts, "That's not a mountain. That's a wave!" as the massive wave moves slowly toward them; one man falls in his suit and helmet and is left floating face down in the water while the other astronauts return to the ship and are slammed around the inside walls of the craft as the wave hits them; they are able to take off before a second wave hits.
 Two astronauts and a robot take a space vessel through a black hole and we see walls of yellow, bright yellow and orange meteorites hitting the ship and odd patterns of colors; one astronaut detaches his craft, releasing his colleague's part of the space station so that she can find a small colony that may be alive on another world.
 A space faring crew finds a frozen, jagged world with a male survivor from a previous expedition on it; the survivor and another astronaut argue on a ridge and the first man attempts to kill the other man, kicking him down a cliff face a few times; they both slide farther down and after some wrestling, the first man breaks the second man's helmet glass as the first man, who has become mentally unstable, insists he is the leader and must kill the other man and take his ship to expand his community.
 A space vessel flies deep into a black hole and an astronaut ejects; he floats into darkness and then into a tesseract structure in which he can see his daughter at various ages along the length of the structure; he shouts, screams and cries, but she cannot hear him and the structure collapses.
 A woman burns a cornfield to force her brother and his family to leave the farm and move underground to escape the dust; she says to him, "You gonna wait for your next kid to die?" (we do not see details of any child's death); the brother punches another man in the face, but eventually takes his family away. Several arguments occur between two astronauts about their mission and in one scene they scream at each other loudly.
 We see a scientist in his nineties, sitting in a wheelchair and in another scene he lies in a hospital bed with an oxygen clip in his nose as he cries a little and dies with eyes closed.
 We hear that a man's wife died of cancer, leaving him with two young children on a farm and his young daughter screams and cries angrily when she learns that her dad must rejoin NASA to find a new planet for humanity. We hear that a NASA pilot crashed near a space anomaly, but we do not see the action. Two astronauts are told that their fathers died and the astronauts cry. A woman in a colony off Earth looks at a grave in sorrow. A scientist tells his assistant that humanity cannot be saved from the death of the Earth. We hear that NASA was closed down when its director refused to bomb communities of starving people.
 Half a dozen very loud rocket and spacecraft launches fill the screen with flames in close-up as the ships shake and clatter; we see many bright colors and swirling patterns as a ship shakes and at one point an astronaut's fingers become bent like the letter S, then return to normal on the other side of the wormhole. Three astronauts climb into hibernation modules that look like coffins and are submerged in water, covered by a plastic sheet and a sliding lid and lowered into a tile floor in spaceships. On an ice planet astronauts revive a man who coughs water from his mouth and cries. Two astronauts returning to their ship find that their remaining crewman has aged 23 years because time moves differently in the ship and on the planet.
 In a high-speed car chase in a pickup truck though a cornfield a man and his two children follow a government drone until it crashes, retrieving it for scrap metal to sell; the truck narrowly misses a combine harvester and screeches to a halt at the edge of a reservoir. A space station rotates fast and loses debris, while two astronauts and their robot complete docking procedures in their craft.
 Several large yellow and black dust clouds fill the screen in half a dozen scenes, dropping dirt over houses and streets; dust blows heavily through an open window in a home in one scene and people gradually develop a hacking cough because of the dust.
 An elderly woman wearing an oxygen nose clip is seen in a hospital and we hear that she was in cryo-sleep for two years and revived for a man's return. A man wearing an oxygen nose clip awakens in a space station hospital bed and learns that he is much older than he looks. An elderly man is missing an eye and his eyeglass lens is colored yellow to hide the problem.
 A girl throws a watch across her bedroom violently, breaking the inner works but later receives a coded message on it through the jumping second hand. We hear that a young girl has fistfights at school because students, who believe new books that report the NASA Apollo Program never happened, taunt her. In video transmissions to a ship in space, a young girl and her older brother age quickly and maintain attitudes of anger and resentment when they speak to their father in space.
 A ghost or spirit in a house lurks near a bookshelf-filled room and objects mysteriously move themselves around in binary and Morse Code messages that a young girl and her father follow and find an elderly scientist; he asks the father to help him find a new home world for humanity.
 A male astronaut says to an excited male colleague, "Say it, don't spray it" but we see no spray or saliva. Set in the near future, the entire Earth is a Dust Bowl like that of the 1930s, with only corn able to grow in small areas; the atmosphere is increasing in nitrogen and losing oxygen, causing people to suffocate.


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LANGUAGE 5 - At least 1 F-word, 4 scatological terms, 6 anatomical terms, 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (dumb, bums, grunts, fools, idiots, nonsensical, coward, old man, Murphy's Law), stereotypical references to fathers, gifted children, heroes, astronauts, scientists, psychotic leaders, exclamations (shut-up), 1 religious profanity (GD), 4 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus, Oh God, God Bless Her).


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SUBSTANCE USE - An astronaut in space swallows a tablet of Dramamine. A man drinks from a bottle of beer on his front porch in three scenes and in one of these scenes we see another man holding a bottle of beer, and two men drink short glasses of whiskey in an office.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Duty to humanity vs. duty to family, the Dust Bowl, climate change, global disaster preparedness, relationships, love, death, loss, bitterness, space exploration, aerospace accidents, danger, courage, truth, determination.

MESSAGE - Love will find a way to preserve the human population.

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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.

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