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  • Rated PG13
  • HD and SD formats available

action & adventure, sci-fi & fantasy

When the renegade crew of Serenity agrees to hide a fugitive on their ship, they find themselves in a battle between the military might of a totalitarian regime who will destroy anything - or anyone - to get the girl back.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 12
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

A bit clunky, but entertaining sci-fi.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the movie includes some rambunctious action, drawn from both Western and science-fiction conventions. They fight with their fists, guns, and other implements; they also engage in chase scenes on speedy hovering vehicles. Space battles -- between space ships -- result in some raucous explosion and shoot-out scenes. Some aggressive, martial-artsy fighting. Characters drink and smoke in a bar. One couple kisses and looks to be headed to off-screen sex; one character has designed a robot to service him (the implication is that she's a sexual companion). A woman crewmember sees her husband killed, suddenly and brutally.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the various loyalties revealed in various pairings and groups of characters: brother and sister, romantic couples, devotion to causes and communities as ideals. How does River's wrestling with her training and instinct as a "weapon" serve as counterpoint for the Operator, who sees himself as a "monster" but also believes in his mission to commit murder and mayhem, as a means to eventual peace?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Joss Whedon makes a rousing feature-directing debut, exploiting the cult status of his short-lived series Firefly to continue it on the big screen.

- Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Fresh: A lot more sweaty fun than the last three overhyped, sterile, for-dorks-only Star Wars cartoons.

- Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, Friday, September 30, 2005

Fresh: I mean Serenity no disrespect when I say it's enjoyably junky.

- David Edelstein, Slate, Friday, September 30, 2005

Audience Reviews

5 stars

Simply one of the finest sci fi stories out there. A superb cast brings the series Firefly to the big screen and casts a wonderful spell. Summr Glau is one of the best bad assess of the sci fi world.

- jmanard52, Friday, June 6, 2008

2 stars

Probably would've made more sense if I had seen Firefly

- aSpaceCowboy, Monday, October 18, 2010

4 stars

Don't watch this if you haven't seen the show Firefly. Despite of that the creators say, you won't get it. The fans are up for a pretty emotional and exciting ride, though. Darker than the show, but with better effects, and the characters are still true their TV selves with a few wonderfully funny lines. The last 45 minutes are particularly awesome including one of the greatest space battles ever filmed and an exciting showdown that has you on the edge of your seat. A worthy end to a really great TV show, despite of a few tragic losses that leave a bit of a stale taste in your mouth...

- ironclad1609, Sunday, August 22, 2010