Apollo 13

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +3 1/2

Content: -1

Director Ron Howard wants to blast you back in time in the summer blockbuster, APOLLO 13. The time is 1970. Astronauts Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks), Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) and Gary Mattingly (Gary Sinise) are preparing to land their Apollo mission on the moon. At the last second, Mattingly is forced to stay on the ground and the less experienced astronaut Jack Swaggert (Kevin Bacon) takes his place. Once in space, one of their oxygen tanks ruptures and the wounded craft suddenly hurdles out of control toward the moon. Houston mission control works feverishly with the space crew to avoid a catastrophe, and Mattingly does what he can to get them back safely. Based on the true seven-day ordeal that the whole world watched breathlessly, this tribute to the people of the NASA space program will have you up out of your seats and cheering. Great special effects teamed with great acting by Hanks and Paxton make this a movie you won't soon forget.

The uplifting message of APOLLO 13 shows that human ingenuity and perseverance can accomplish great things. God created us to be creative and this film is a testament to that ability. Unfortunately, APOLLO 13 uncreatively includes a considerable amount of foul language. Ron Howard may have listened to the actual tapes of the conversations between the astronauts and ground control which may have contained some offensive language. In the interest of a better film, however, the many regular profanities and s-words could have been easily omitted. Although Jack Swaggert is portrayed as a "swinging" bachelor, Jim Lovell is a family man with a good home life. His wife never gives up hope that he will return. A few suggestive remarks and one of the astronauts coming out of the shower with a girlfriend are also unneeded, though no nudity is shown. The astronauts' courage during this true historical event could provide strong role models for today's youth. The producers undoubtedly included the foul language and sexual remarks to make the film realistic. But APOLLO 13 doesn't need these elements to be realistic. Instead they make "it" unacceptable for discerning viewers and older children who would enjoy it immensely.

Preview Reviewer: Greg Wilson
Universal Pictures, 100 Universal Blvd., Universal City, CA 91608

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (20) times - Mild 17; Moderate 3

Obscene Language: Many (13) times - (s-word 11 times, 2 others)

Profanity: Many (19) times - Regular 17 (G-d, C, J, G), Exclamatory 2

Violence: None

Sex: None

Nudity: Near nudity, towel-clad astronaut with towel-clad girlfriend

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times - suggestive discussions of intercourse and sexually transmitted diseases

Drugs: Social drinking once

Other: Uplifting message of courage based on true story

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Intended Audience: All over 8 years old

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