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What parents need to know about 'Ad Astra'

By John Clyde, Contributor | Posted - Sep. 21, 2019 at 7:08 p.m.

THE MOON — Brad Pitt’s latest film “Ad Astra” is receiving strong reviews and hopes to make a splash at the box office this weekend.

Is it any good? That's not the issue for this article. You can check out the full review for the film here. This article is to let you know what you can expect to see in the film and make the choice whether it’s right for you or your family.

As always, this review is not trying to tell you what is appropriate for you or your family. Only you can make the decision. This review is to educate you on the type of content you can expect to see in the film so you can make a more informed decision.


If we were rating this category on a scale from 1 to 10, I think it would be right around a one.

“Ad Astra” has no time for sex, talk of sex, crude jokes or half-dressed movie stars. The closest thing I can think of is a kiss between a husband and wife and a shot of them waking up in the morning in the same bed.

This movie is incredibly tame in this category.


There is some harsh language in “Ad Astra,” including one use of the F-word. However, the language isn’t constant. You’ll find your typical PG-13 language in the film, but it is not a constant barrage of curse words.


This category is a little tricky because I wouldn’t call “Ad Astra” overly violent, but there are some gruesome moments, as well as allusions to and talk of serious and quite horrific violence in the film.

I don’t want to get into detail because I want to avoid any spoilers, but know the stories told of things that were done are unpleasant. There are also two scenes that feature violence and blood and gore. These scenes could be particularly upsetting to some audiences.


This is where “Ad Astra” is a more grown-up movie. The entire tone of the film is fairly dour, and some of the acts are very upsetting and unnerving. Younger audiences will have a hard time with the tone of the film, along with its seriousness, and that should be taken into account.

There are also themes of abandonment, unpleasant familial relationships, orphaned children, death and murder throughout most of the film. This is a very serious movie and is meant for older audiences.


Overall, I would say PG-13 is a fair rating for “Ad Astra,” but it is a grown-up PG-13 thanks to tone and themes.

The actual content shown on screen should earn the film its rating, but most of the adult nature of the film comes through in what isn’t being shown.

"Ad Astra" is rated PG-13 for some violence and bloody images, and for brief strong language.

John has grown up around movies and annoys friends and family with his movie facts and knowledge. John also has a passion for sports and pretty much anything awesome and it just so happens that these are the three things he writes about.

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