Picture from October Sky
Overall A-

It's 1957 in Coalwood, West Virginia, and all roads point to the local coal mine. But when the first spacecraft, the Russian Sputnik, flies over the dusty town, high-school student Homer Hickam (Jake Gyllenhaal) catches a glimpse of the bigger world and can no longer accept his presumed career.

Violence B
Sexual Content B
Profanity C
Substance Use B+

MPAA Rating: PG for language, brief teen sensuality and alcohol use, and for some thematic elements.

Talk to your kids about…

October Sky

This true story has a happy ending, with Homer Hickam achieving his dream. Would his efforts still have been worthwhile had he not reached this ultimate goal? Are you ever discouraged from trying new things because you might not realize your ultimate dream? What things still worth the risk?

Having just retired in 1998 after over 20 years of service to NASA, Homer Hickam is a real rocket scientist. For more information, check http://www.homerhickam.com/ or look for the book Rocket Boys, the autobiography upon which the film is based.