In addition to digging much deeper into the theme of extraterrestrial encounters than most sci-fi movies, the movie also addresses the global, bureaucratic, and ideological ramifications of what could happen in the event of humanity's first interactions with alien life forms. Movie attempts to find a common ground between the hard facts of science and the unquantifiable faith inherent in spirituality. Faith and reason, as opposed to faith versus reason. Based on the 1985 science fiction novel by the late and highly regarded scientist Carl Sagan, the movie finds ways to explain complicated scientific theories to those who aren't astrophysicists.
Positive Role Models & Representations
In a flashback scene, a tween girl finds her father dead from heart failure at the bottom of the steps of their house. A Christian fundamentalist carries out a terrorist attack on NASA; he has explosives taped to his chest, blows himself up, and kills dozens of others in the process. Soldiers armed with machine guns. Some sci-fi peril -- danger of a spaceship blowing up.
Two characters in bed together, sex the night before implied.
Occasional profanity: "a--hole," "s--t," "son of a bitch."
Ease of Play
Cocktail, champagne, and beer drinking in social settings; no one acts drunk. Cigar and ciagrette smoking.