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Still shot from the movie: After Earth.

After Earth

Man was forced to flee Earth over 1000 years ago because the planet's plants and animals had become inhospitable to humans. Now Cypher Raige and his teenaged son Kitai (Will and Jaden Smith) have crash-landed in the hostile environment and it will take all their wits to survive. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: A
Language: B+
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Run Time: 115
Theater Release: 31 May 2013
Video Release: 08 Oct 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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How We Determine Our Grades

After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

How does Kitai’s rash actions and anxiety hamper his ability to make good decisions? Why does his father repeatedly tell him to “take a knee”? How does this action help him refocus? What similar actions could you use to help you regroup either your emotions or thoughts?

What does Kitai learn about his father from the cadet who insists on standing and saluting Cypher? Is it sometimes easier to show respect to those outside of our family than within? How does the death of Kitai’s sister impact the relationship between this father and son? What feelings about the event do each of them have to overcome in order to build a father/son relationship?

Despite the fact that Kitai is the son of the Prime Commander, the officer in charge of ranger training does not allow the boy to advance to ranger status. What does Kitai learn from the experience? Can children and teens be disadvantaged when they are given things they have not earned?

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