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Three things parents should know about 'Interstellar'
Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and David Gyasi in Interstellar (2014) - photo by Paramount Pictures

Christopher Nolan’s latest movie, “Interstellar,” definitely packs a big punch. With humanity facing extinction on a failing Earth, a group of explorers is sent into space to travel through a wormhole in an attempt to find a new home for the human race. Because of Nolan’s success with movies like “Inception” in the past, many people are eager to get a glimpse of the new movie, including younger audiences. Here are a few things parents should know before heading off to the theater.

Intense emotion

The first aspect of “Interstellar” that parents should be aware of is the very heavy and emotional themes of the movie. As Earth fails, humans face a terrifying future that is repeatedly discussed throughout the movie. The science behind the movie is intense enough, but the dangers involved might be scarier than some people expect going into the movie.

“Interstellar” also presents some difficult concepts of time and relativity that can be staggering and disconcerting to some audiences. As Cooper, played by Matthew McConaughey, ages at a different rate than his children back home on Earth, emotions run high and choices are made that can be difficult to watch.


While the majority of the language is milder curse words, the profanity in “Interstellar” does include one “F-word” and quite a few other strong curse words.

These words are almost always said in moments of high emotion and intense action, but are still present and obvious, nonetheless.


“Interstellar” is surprising in many ways, including the amount of death in the film. To avoid spoilers, it will suffice it to say that “Interstellar” includes one scene of attempted murder, as well as a fair amount of death by natural causes. This is not to say that “Interstellar” is overly morbid, but parents should be aware that more than one intense death scene is present in the movie.

All of these elements in “Interstellar” are things to consider before you or your children watch the movie. However, it is also important to know that “Interstellar” is full of themes that celebrate family above all else. The relationship between Cooper and his children is central to the film. It is always great to see movies in Hollywood that value family relationships and encourage audiences to appreciate their own families. “Interstellar” may have some faults, but this beautiful movie is about more than just cool space adventure. It’s about one man trying to save his family.