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3.91

Awesome40.91%
Worth A Look: 18.18%
Average: 36.36%
Pretty Bad: 0%
Total Crap: 4.55%

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Flight of the Navigator
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by Randy Muselman

"Dysfunctional and fun, all at the same time!"
3 stars

Think about it, really. The year is 1978. You're twelve years old, and you're just out to have a good time. You're going to the lake and it'll be great fun, then BONK! You get knocked out. When you wake up, thinking you've just napped, you arrive home only to find that your parents have moved. Talk about screwing with your head, but this is just the beginning, things are yet to get much stranger.

Our little buddy David Freeman (Joey Cramer) passes out when reality hits and wakes up in the hospital. His family only wants to know one thing. Where has he been for the last eight years. David has absolutely no memory of those missing years.

Fast forward to Dr. Faraday (Howard Hesseman), a NASA scientist who has discovered a rather large silver ship. It's being stored in a special facility, and no matter what they do, they just can't seem to find a way inside. After hearing about David, Dr. Faraday wants him to spend time at a special facility to try and discover where he's been for those eight years. After hooking David up to all kinds of equipment, it appears that star charts are stored inside Davids brain.

David doesn't know it yet, but the spaceship just across the compound is linked with him. That's where he's been for those eight years, he, David is actually the navigator for the ship.

David keeps hearing voices calling him, so by hook or by crook (actually by a little automated ummm, robot/delivery wagon?) he makes his way across the compound to the ship and that's where this adventure REALLY begins.

This is actually a pretty decent film. Flight Of The Navigator didn't really do that well when it was released in 1986, but even today, I still find it fun. Paul Reubens (you know him better as Pee Wee Herman) does a fine job as Max, the computer in charge of the spaceship. The way that the character of Max is set up, you won't even mind that annoying, screeching voice that Paul Reubens uses, it works for the film.

It's fun watching Max transform from a stiff, sterile computer, to a zany kid-like entity when all of the star charts are transferred from David's brain back to the ship. David and Max argue just like kids will do at age 12 and it's fun to watch. David's entire mission is to get back home to his family from the NASA center, that's the adventure of the film.

This film isn't anything special, it is however fun. It's a film that mom and dad can grab and watch together with the kids and still enjoy. Kids will relate to it because the star of the movie is a kid. All in all, I say grab this title and stuff it in the home theater system and enjoy a couple of hours of fun.

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originally posted: 01/30/04 12:33:33
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User Comments

4/17/14 PAUL SHORTT QUIRKY, CHARMING FAMILY FILM 3 stars
12/03/12 roscoe the kid sucks, the humor is unfunny, and the entire product is terrible. 1 stars
11/08/07 sean Totally cool. 5 stars
6/22/07 David Cohen Kind of over-rated, but not bad 3 stars
11/29/06 Booksworm It's been a long time since I last saw this movie, but I remember it being great. 5 stars
6/30/06 justin the best 5 stars
3/11/06 R.W.Welch Fun family fantasy flick has good plotting and F/X, with touches of humor. 4 stars
7/23/05 ALDO one of the best PG films of the 80's 4 stars
5/02/05 jean schlage Great fantasy film that still holds up today. The spaceship is beautiful and classy. 5 stars
1/25/05 Jeff Anderson AN AMAZING, AWESOME, & THRILLING 80s BLAST FROM THE PAST! Love that Alan Silvestri score!!! 5 stars
1/02/05 Dmitri Great great movie. One of the best fantastic film. 5 stars
9/10/04 Kasi Vasquez-Reehan Awesome Movie!!! 5 stars
3/17/04 Mike Erdelyi KIDS JUST LOVE THIS ONE. 4 stars
4/17/03 mr. Pink A good fantasyflick with some cute, furry animals. Save it for a rainy day. 4 stars
4/17/03 Zach The best. 5 stars
4/16/03 He Whose Opinion Will Not Be Doubted Truly the most amazing film ever made. A Spielbergian fantasy of unforgettable proportions 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  30-Jul-1986 (PG)
  DVD: 01-Jun-2004

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