The Astronaut Farmer

Mark Hubbard's picture
Submitted by Mark Hubbard on Mon, 2008-11-17 09:45

I got so fed up with work today instead of working tonight, I watched this movie I hired and didn't get round to watching over the weekend. Glad I did: I suspect it's for a 'younger' audience, which is all the more reason for praising its overtly libertarian values. About the love of life, following your dreams, and to hell with the State naysayers, and caution. And an uplifting ending.

Especially if you've got a little Libertarian family, put it on your list.(Even if you don't have a little Libertarian family, put it on  your list.)

 

The Astronaut Farmer (2006)

Director: Michael Polish.

Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Virginia Madsen, Max Thieriot, Bruce Dern, Mark Polish, Jon Gries, Tim Blake Nelson, JK Simmons, Rick Overton.

Duration: 104 minutes Country: USA.

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Review: A quirky drama about an aspiring astronaut (Billy Bob Thornton) who was forced to give up NASA and his dreams of space travel to save the family farm. But for the last ten years Charlie's been building his own rocket in the barn, and now he's close to lift-off. All he needs is rocket fuel. Unfortunately when you start looking for that, the authorities come looking for you, and it turns out they're not keen on a civilian launching himself into space. The tried and true formula of the little guy with big dreams battling the odds; co-stars Virginia Madsen and Bruce Dern.

 


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Moby Dick Rocket

Rick Giles's picture

praising its overtly libertarian values. About the love of life, following your dreams, and to hell with the State naysayers, and caution.

I read it a different way, which was that he didn't really love life at all. It was the plot of Moby Dick with rocketry nostalga instead of the moral.

Farmer neglected the hell out of his wife and kids, let the farm rot. He obsessed about his launch and, in a tantrum, just about killed a bunch of people along with himself.

It's a non-sequitur to me as to why his family came back to a guy whose values ran that way.

No champion of liberty, his neglect for the state equalled his neglect for his household.

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