Dish, The

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -1 1/2

1969 just might have been the highlight in the history of Parkes, Australia, a small farming community just outside Sydney. That was when NASA recruited them to use their high-powered satellite dish to pick up the audio and video feeds from the first Apollo moon landing. Based on a true story, this movie chronicles the events leading up to the moonwalk transmission. While Cliff (Sam Neill) heads the Australian antenna’s operations, NASA sends Al Burnett (Patrick Warburton) to make sure everything runs smoothly. The two dish technicians, Mitch (Kevin Harrington) and Glen (Tom Long) have their own unique relationship and provide plenty of laughs as they try to get the historic feed online. THE DISH populates the small community of Parkes with a lot of simple and sweet people but, while the plot is straightforward, the film is smartly written with laughs throughout. It may not bring in big dollars at the box office but, for those who catch it, THE DISH could be a humorous trip.

Small town life in Australia seems much like it was presented in 1950 & 60’s sitcoms in the states, with plenty of conservative people who care about church and family. The townsfolk attend the local church and even express their belief in God. However, the main story takes place at the dish facility and the four men running the show have opportunities to grow and learn through what, at times, is an intense situation. For example, one character is a rather intense fellow who relentlessly does everything by the book. As the story progresses, he slowly changes for the better as he works alongside the others, even in the midst of tenuous situations. This change for the better is a heart-warming transformation. And while the movie is certainly a comedy, more serious messages, like trusting others, consistently shine through. However, the dialogue earns a negative rating for some gratuitous foul language, including an f-word, ten s-words, as well as Jesus and Christ used as profane expletives. This aspect dirties THE DISH.

Preview Reviewer: John Adair
Warner Bros., 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91522

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 (11) times - Mild 5, Moderate 6

Obscene Language: Many (12) times - F-word 1, s-word 10, other 1

Profanity: Several (7) times – Regular 3 (C 1, J 2); Exclamatory 4 (Good Lord, OG, OJ, Jeez)

Violence: None

Sex: None

Nudity: Near Nudity – Few times (woman in very short skirts)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Few times (smoking, alcohol)

Other: People express belief in God

Running Time: 104 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

Click HERE for a PRINTER-FRIENDLY version of this review.