2001: A Space Odyssey Movie Poster
  • Released
  • April 2, 1968
  • G, 2 hr 19 min
  • Drama
  • 1,633 Fan Ratings

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What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that 2001: A Space Odyssey is the 1969 classic Stanley Kubrick adaptation of the Arthur C. Clarke novel. While many think it's one of the greatest films ever made and was the first of what would prove to be many big-budget Hollywood science fiction films, the film's slow build and heady subject matter make this best for inquisitive tweens and older. There is some violence, especially early on, when apes on the verge of evolving into humans learn how to defend themselves from predators and rivals while beginning to develop the tools needed to hunt and survive. The discordant music and hypnotic visual effects might also prove to be too intense for more sensitive viewers. Mild profanity includes "hell" and "damn." Families looking for more straightforward and easy-to-understand science fiction will be put off by the movie's lengthy scenes involving characters contending with weightlessness as classical music plays, as well as the jarring surrealism and the open-ended conclusion.

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