Box art for The Last Starfighter

The Last Starfighter

action & adventure, children & family, sci-fi & fantasy

When Alex conquers the Starfighter video game, he is recruited to be part of an elite legion of fighters and battle for the beleaguered Star League and hundreds of worldsincluding Earth.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 9
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Lighthearted space adventure has a fun '80s feel.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Alex is recruited to fight aliens, and there are explosions and moments where aliens die. But besides some slightly scary alien faces, there is not much gore. Teenagers on Earth are shown making out by the lake in very '80s hair and makeup. There is some mild profanity as well.

what families can talk about

  • Parents can talk about older movies. Does this one feel too dated to be relevant? Do the old-fashioned styles distract from the action? Could you see this movie being remade? If so, how could it be updated, and what actors would you like to see playing the main roles?
  • Discuss the role of video games and their cultural role. There's a scene where Alex breaks the record on the video game. Everyone in the trailer park comes to watch him do this and to celebrate his victory. Is this a realistic scenario in this day and age? Why not?
  • Alex is not sure that he wants to be a starfighter. What changes his mind? Do you agree with this decision?
  • Maggie and Alex decide to be together "forever." What does forever mean to you? Can a teenager know what forever means? Why or why not?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: One of the few successful Spielberg clones, administering the usual routine of aliens and mouth-agape wonder with friendly determination and a perfect, just perfect, game boy screenwriting hook.

- Brian Orndorf,, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

I really don't care if this is a so-called rip off of Star Wars, it's too amazing and fun to be just as simple as that. This really takes the generation's mindset of the time, hoping to see what space and adventure had to offer. It has a very fun story, great acting and characters, and enough early oddball cgi to keep anyone entertained and intrigued. I just find this to have some of the best qualities that both Sci-Fi and Fantasy have to offer.

- ythelastman89, Thursday, July 1, 2010

4 stars

If this is a poor man's Star Wars I'm proud to call myself a poor man.

- SirPant, Monday, September 21, 2009

1 star

Hmmm even when this came out it was a poor mans Star Wars and even a poor mans Battlestar Gallactica. Sure it was for kids but it was pretty lame stuff, the effects were crap back then and terrible now, the aliens were all unoriginal much like the starships and plot (very much like Tron) and it was so cliched and predictable...even then. Jumping on the Star Wars, BSG bandwagon Im afraid.

- phubbs1, Tuesday, February 10, 2009