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The Astronaut Farmer

Charles Farmer (Billy Bob Thornton) is the ultimate space cowboy. After having to abort his mission plans for an aerospace career, the wannabe astronaut continues to pursue his dreams by building his own rocket in his barn . But when the authorities get wind of his plans, they threaten to ground his operation. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: A-
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 104
Theater Release: 22 Feb 2007
Video Release: 09 Jul 2007
MPAA Rating: PG
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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.

At one point Charles Farmer says, “Somewhere along the line we stopped believing that we can do anything. And if we don’t have our dreams we have nothing.” As a society, do you think we are less willing to take risks for science and other worthwhile causes? Was Charles Farmer’s dream worth risking his life for?

A joke in this movie refers to the Bush administration’s inability to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. What other politically motivated remarks in this movie are based on recent real life events? How do comments that relate to reality, along with fake interviews—such as the one with Jay Leno—add to the sense that this movie (which is a complete work of fiction) is presenting a true story?

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