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The Midnight Sky | 2020 | PG-13 | – 1.6.5

content-ratingsWhy is “The Midnight Sky” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “some bloody images and brief strong language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a pregnancy, some flirting, and a couple of hugs, an accident in space causing the death of a woman with bloody results, a near drowning, dead bodies with bloody wounds in a downed airplane, a man initiating blood transfusions in a few scenes, several scenes of vomiting and retching and at least 1 F-word. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


In the near future a global catastrophe is destroying the Earth and all life. A terminally ill scientist (George Clooney) isolated in a weather station in the Arctic Circle with a young girl (Caoilinn Springall), desperately tries to communicate with a spacecraft returning from successfully finding a habitable planet, in order to convince the astronauts not to return to the dying Earth. Also with Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo, Kyle Chandler, Demián Bichir and Tiffany Boone. Directed by George Clooney. [Running Time: 2:02]

The Midnight Sky SEX/NUDITY 1

 – A man and a woman flirt and talk. A woman tells a man that he doesn’t need to worry, that she is not pregnant. A man touches the hand of his wife; she is in a hologram recording. A man kisses a woman’s hand and touches her pregnant abdomen when he leaves.
 A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage at a reception.

The Midnight Sky VIOLENCE/GORE 6

 – Two women and a man are struck by space debris while outside a spacecraft conducting repairs: they are knocked around and manage to stay hooked to the ship until everything calms down and when they make their way back inside we see blood droplets in the helmet of one of the astronauts and on the back of her suit; when her helmet is removed we see a lot of blood gush out and float around the airlock (the woman dies). A man finds a downed airplane in the snow and we briefly glimpse a dead body in the cockpit with its face missing (blood and tissues are seen and wolves had been prowling around); a man finds another man, barely alive, inside a downed plane (we see his fingers blackened from frostbite and his face badly wounded); we hear a gunshot and understand that the man shot the injured man (we do not see this).
 A man and a girl take shelter in an outbuilding and are awakened by loud noises and frigid water filling the area; the man pounds on a window breaking it and scrambles to gather belongings and gets out as the shelter sinks underwater; the snowmobile he tries to ride also sinks taking him underwater also (he surfaces and recovers). A spacecraft is bombarded by space debris and the ship’s radar is damaged. An alarm rings in a station and a man finds a fire burning in the kitchen (he sprays it with an extinguisher). Alarms ring in a spacecraft and we hear that it has veered off-course.
 A man fires his gun when he hears wolves barking and snarling near him; he calls out for a girl (we can’t see her) as the snow falls and his beard is shown with clumped snow and ice. A man and a young girl trudge through a blizzard and we see wolves moving near them; the man and the girl dig a hole and lie in it to rest. A man discovers birds chattering and flapping on the ground, dying. A woman yells and runs after a space vessel lifting off a planet, leaving her behind and she awakens with a start. Members of an observation team are evacuated from the Arctic Circle; one man is left behind and another man refers to him as a “terminal patient.” A woman panics and looks for her daughter when they are being evacuated; we hear that she left earlier. A man finds a young girl hiding in an observatory station; he seems frightened. A man packs up a snowmobile and leaves an observatory station to travel through heavy snowstorms to another station. A man and a young girl sleep in a tent in the frigid arctic landscape; the man fires a gun in the air to scare away prowling wolves in one scene.
 A woman in a spacecraft talks about a communication failure and being unable to communicate with Earth. A man receives a message from his wife and she says that their boys are sick. A man says that his daughter died when she was 4. People on a spacecraft talk about traveling through an unmapped zone in space to get back to Earth. A man talks about the potential of living on planets in our solar system other than Earth.
 A woman vomits into a bag in an airlock when preparing for a walk outside a spacecraft (we hear gagging and splattering but do not see goo). A man coughs deeply over a sink and we see goo dribbling from his mouth. A man sits over a toilet in a few scenes and vomits (we hear splattering and retching in a couple of scenes without goo). A man attaches tubes into ports in his arms that process blood out of and into his body (we see blood move through the tube). A man has debris in his mustache and beard when he wakes up and it could be residue from vomiting.

The Midnight Sky LANGUAGE 5

 – At least 1 F-word, 2 scatological terms, 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (simpleton), 1 religious profanity (GD), 1 religious exclamation (Oh My God). | profanity glossary |

The Midnight Sky SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man attaches tubes into ports in his arms that process blood out of and into his body, a man takes prescription pills in a few scenes and sometimes swallows them with whiskey. A man drinks whiskey to the point of inebriation in a couple of scenes, men and women drink whiskey and champagne at a reception, and a woman says that she needs a drink and then that she will have two drinks.

The Midnight Sky DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Inhabitable planets, destruction of Earth, protocols, family, hope, life choices, risk.

The Midnight Sky MESSAGE

 – We’re really not taking care of the Earth, to our ultimate detriment.

CAVEATS

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