Reviewed by: Dave Rettig
Starring: Harland Williams, William Sadler, Beau Bridges, Jessica Lundy | Director: Stuart Gillard | Released by: Disney Pictures
Alternatively, this film could have been named “Ernest Goes To Mars” or “Pee Wee’s Big Space Trip”. The Rocketman, Fred Randall, is your typical over enthusiastic, under qualified, socially graceless, movie computer geek. When Randall ends up on the first mission to Mars with America’s best, laughs ensue.
Rocketman Randall is the underdog, seeking acceptance from the professional astronauts whom he has idolized since childhood. His obnoxious personality and unfortunate mishaps continually put Rocketman and the veteran crew at odds. Fortunately, there is the crew’s space chimp with which Randall can bond.
Disney’s “Rocketman” is very clean. Although the most conservative may object to some of the issues raised by this movie, a chimp doing human tasks and the possibility of life on Mars, these are far from central to the movie. There is one brief instance of profanity and a facial expression that could possibly be interpreted as sexual innuendo.
If you are looking for intelligent humor, stay home. If you have 8-13 year old children or can laugh with 8-13 year old children, this movie is a winner!