I have mixed feelings about this movie. 1st off, I've been looking forward to this film since
it was a rumor. Why? Well, because Tommy Lee Jones is easily one of my favorite actors. And since
his last PG-13 movie was 1998's U.S. Marshals (his voice in Small Soldiers doesn't count),
it's nice to see him make another watchable film.
But is it? I have to say... yes and no. Although there's zero blood and gore, there is however
approximately 23 "s" words, as well as a slew of others. And Clint Eastwood's character mouths "mother f..."
mildly after a pick-up truck cuts him off while driving. There is some innuendo and you do see they
guys' bare butts during a physical. On the other hand, the story was great, the acting was top-notch,
and the laughs were good.
The audience? Well, I'd have to say older folk and fans of anyone in the cast. And although
it is slower-moving than most flicks like it these days, I found it to be very good with some
awesome special effects and an overall well-done job by director Clint Eastwood himself.
Again, I'm torn. I want to much to love this movie and recommend it, but the language was a let-down.
For such material, I must stress it's no kids' movie, not to mention the very fact that it's flooded
with "old" jokes (which work). I recommend you read the content below thoughfully before deciding who
can see the film.
One interesting character in the film is played by that of James Garner, in which he plays a Baptist
minister. He is shown in a pretty good light throughout the film with the exception that he swears a little
and drinks some. It was nice to see that his beliefs were not belittled and God was not made light of.
In summary, the movie was really good. The language and other adult content put somewhat of a damper on
what otherwise could have been an excellent family film. But being entertaining and a good story,
Space Cowboys scores a 3 and a half out of 5. If you have any questions or comments about the film before you see it (if you
decide to), feel free to
- John DiBiase
Parental Guide: Brief Summary of Content
Sex/Nudity: In a 1958 flashback, we see Jerry
looking through a Playboy magazine where we briefly see one of these women who is topless,
facing off to the side and covering her chest with her arm. No real explicit
nudity is seen. We seen the guys' bare butts during a physical, and when a woman doctor walks in,
they all over up their crotches except for Jerry who stands proud. The nurse then looks at him and smiles.
Also, one comment Jerry makes on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno is pretty inappropriate.
Vulgarity/Language: Frank mouths the "f" word (used with "mother");
23 "s" words, 5 "g*dd*mn," 27 "h*ll," 16 ""d*mn," 11 "a" words, 3 "a-h*le," 1 "d*ck", 3 S.O.B.s, 1 "J-sus,"
1 "Oh L-rd"
Alcohol/Drugs: Beers are mentioned and we see people drinking them at different times during the film, including at a bar.
Blood/Gore: Although neither bloody nor gory, we see a boy
vomit quite a bit on a thrill-seeking plane ride.
We see the vomit as it comes out of his mouth and it's remains on the plane and around his mouth
(all played for laughs).
Violence: A plane crash, 2 large "structures" collide, some brief punches/fighting
** Disclaimer: All reviews are based solely on the opinions of the reviewer. Most
reviews are rated on how the reviewer enjoyed the film overall, not on content. However, if the content
really affects the reviewer's opinion of the film, it will definitely affect the reviewer's rating.