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The Black Hole Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 9+

Creepy robots and lukewarm ending haunt sci-fi classic.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that some scenes with robots and humanoids may be frightening for younger viewers; there are shoot-outs and explosions but no gore. Maximilian the robot is a threatening presence, and the robot "goons," as one character calls them, are sinister en masse. This is good fun for sci-fi buffs who want to see Disney's attempt at Star Wars.

  • Families can talk about what could be frightening about the unexplainable forces in our universe. In this film, the black hole presents a hellish gaping opening to the unknown. Is this accurate? How do concepts of heaven and hell feature in the movie? Do any of the ideas match your beliefs or not?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Crew models cooperation as the best plan for problem solving.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Shoot-outs between bots and numerous explosions, but no blood or gore. Maximilian the robot shreds a crew member with his whirly appendages, but the scene is implied and not seen.

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    Sex: Kate is the only female on the voyage, and the lecherous Dr. Reinhardt wants to keep her for his own.

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    Language: The word "hell" is used as an explicative and as a description. Harry uses the word "damn" when he suffers a fall.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue