The Astronaut Farmer
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Astronaut Farmer (DVD) (FS/WS)
Academy Award® winner Billy Bob Thornton stars as a man who refuses to give up on his dreams in this inspirational family drama filled with heart, humor and a healthy dose of social satire. As a farmer, family man and former astronaut-in-training, Charles Farmer -- played by Thornton (Mr. Woodcock)-- chases his lifelong dream to reach the stars by building his very own spacecraft in his barn! With the support of his family and friends -- played by Virginia Madsen (Smith, Sideways), Bruce Dern (Big Love) and Tim Blake Nelson (Minority Report) -- Farmer bravely faces the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation, Federal Aviation Administration and financial ruin to overcome every obstacle that stands in the way of his launch and his dreams.]]>
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No nudity. No real profanity to speak of.
This film features a close knit family, a supportive wife and grand father, two little daughters who love their daddy and also his life long dream to launch into orbit with his own privately built rocket constructed on his Texas ranch.
By the way, this is basically a fantasy but the director evidently does not think so, as you will happily discover if you get a chance to see it)
If you can relate to the concept of unshakable faith in yourself against all odds, and would be willing to let two of the most adorable little daughters this side of Jupiter steal your heart away for 104 minutes, then this movie was made for you.
How so very odd it is to be inspired by the unbelievable. Or maybe not so odd after all?
Personally, it takes me back to my youth when I began following the space program from Mercury to Gemini to Apollo, the space lab, the shuttle program and now the international space station. It's the excitement of those early flights to get to the moon and watching Walter Cronkite as he reported on these historic events.
A definite "feel good" movie, one I think you and your family would enjoy.