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With: Milo Coy, Jack Black, Glen Powell, Zachary Levi, Josh Wiggins, Lee Eddy, Bill Wise, Natalie L'Amoreaux, Jessica Brynn Cohen, Sam Chipman, Danielle Guilbot
Written by: Richard Linklater
Directed by: Richard Linklater
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some suggestive material, injury images, and smoking
Running Time: 97
Date: 04/01/2022

Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood (2022)

4 Stars (out of 4)


By Jeffrey M. Anderson

That great filmmaker Richard Linklater returns with this warm, funny coming-of-age story, somewhat based on Linklater's own childhood growing up in Houston, TX, during the Space Race. Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood is presented in an animated format similar to the rotoscope technique Linklater used for his Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly. With a spot-on Jack Black narrating the tale from an adult point of view, it tells the story of Stanley, who is chosen by NASA to be the first kid to walk on the moon (they've made a mistake and built a cockpit too small for an adult). In and around this imaginary story is a vivid portrait of the times, the food, cars, entertainment, and family life, as well as both the excitement (and boredom) of watching the moon landing on television. The movie has a loose, affectionate feel, not dissimilar to Linklater's Dazed and Confused, but closer to School of Rock in terms of family-friendliness.

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