Parental Guidance

How Family-Friendly Is Close Encounters of the Third Kind?

by | September 1, 2017 | Comments

Almost everything new in theaters and on DVD this week is rated R, but there is a Steven Spielberg sci-fi classic returning to the big screen, and even though it’s about aliens visiting Earth, it’s a decidedly more hopeful take on the genre. If you never got to see it in theaters, now’s your chance, and you should feel free to take your kids. Read on for Christy’s assessment.


NOW IN THEATERS

 

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: 40th Anniversary Release (2017) 100%

Rating: PG, for some intense sci-fi action, mild language and thematic elements.

The Steven Spielberg classic is getting a re-release this weekend in honor of its 40th anniversary, and if you’ve never seen it – or you’ve never seen it on the big screen – now is the time to do it. This is also a great opportunity to share the film with your kids. It’s signature Spielberg sci-fi through and through — certainly not as cuddly as E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial, but similarly filled with awe and wonder about the possibilities of discovery and connection. But as is often the case in the master director’s films, Close Encounters features many moments that are mysterious and unsettling – even frightening – as it builds up to revealing what the aliens’ purpose is on Earth. Richard Dreyfuss stars as a man obsessed by visions he can’t explain and driven to determine what they mean. His quest connects him with a woman (Melinda Dillon) whose son was abducted and whisked away in a UFO. The two find themselves drawn to the imposing Devil’s Tower in Wyoming in search of answers. Some of the alien stuff might seem scary for little kids: the dramatic lights, the space ship, the iconic John Williams score. I showed Close Encounters to my son a couple summers ago – he’s now almost 8 – and he did fine, but seeing it in a movie theater might be an entirely different and possibly overwhelming experience for younger viewers. Still, the film is thrilling and ultimately hopeful, and it holds up beautifully all these decades later. I highly recommend it for viewers around 8 and older.

Tag Cloud

Logo romance Disney Channel USA PaleyFest See It Skip It Super Bowl Musical biography sitcom Song of Ice and Fire boxoffice binge IFC Kids & Family AMC Columbia Pictures Christmas WGN Valentine's Day Mary Tyler Moore YouTube Premium American Society of Cinematographers USA Network TNT Musicals FX war IFC Films Cosplay BBC America ABC Family Ghostbusters Nat Geo what to watch 2016 Fox News Marvel Pixar Epix DirecTV crime drama crossover Oscars BBC CNN 20th Century Fox Drama Action Trivia medical drama talk show Showtime Awards Pop Certified Fresh Election GIFs Sci-Fi robots Character Guide MSNBC MTV 2017 Spike E! composers CBS ratings 21st Century Fox YA TV streaming Photos Reality Competition zombies Year in Review Writers Guild of America Amazon Calendar justice league Superheroes Warner Bros. harry potter Comedy Central social media period drama Shudder Paramount diversity Lucasfilm Fall TV cinemax crime jamie lee curtis E3 TV Land dceu Universal Superheroe police drama Marathons Disney 007 Mindy Kaling vampires Rom-Com Nominations serial killer Paramount Network historical drama Sony Pictures Trailer Country dramedy cults Summer Comic Book TCA The CW ABC VH1 mutant Podcast 2015 TIFF CMT Horror Set visit FXX Nickelodeon Sundance Now Lionsgate cooking zombie Watching Series APB SundanceTV The Arrangement Schedule DC Comics Tumblr Mystery Sundance Music San Diego Comic-Con ESPN Extras 45 anime Syfy DC Universe DC streaming service hist dc First Look Apple Lifetime Walt Disney Pictures singing competition technology National Geographic PBS TruTV Shondaland GLAAD FOX Western Ellie Kemper sports psycho blaxploitation Hulu TBS Infographic LGBTQ transformers 24 frames Countdown SDCC Sneak Peek Polls and Games YouTube Red Red Carpet X-Men New York Comic Con politics Comics on TV TLC cats Masterpiece Box Office Video Games Star Trek spy thriller Opinion Comedy based on movie President Britbox unscripted Fantasy SXSW Cartoon Network Acorn TV TCA 2017 thriller political drama Toys CBS All Access doctor who supernatural aliens Freeform adventure RT History ITV Food Network golden globes HBO Spring TV Winners A&E crime thriller Reality Premiere Dates Tomatazos NYCC NBC travel Netflix Creative Arts Emmys science fiction OWN Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Animation Adult Swim Ovation VICE finale Crackle BET Starz Winter TV Best and Worst Bravo Teen Emmys Biopics Star Wars cops Martial Arts TCM festivals Esquire Rock comiccon Interview CW Seed Rocky Grammys Pirates History Thanksgiving El Rey Dark Horse Comics Holidays discovery docudrama GoT