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Astronaut (2019)



Critic Consensus: Astronaut can't quite escape the gravitational pull of its story's sentimental overtones, but Richard Dreyfuss keeps the film in a pleasantly diverting orbit.

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Angus, a lonely widower, has his long-extinguished dream to become an astronaut reignited when a national competition is announced. The prize? One ticket for a trip to space! Way over the age-limit, Angus alters his birthdate so he can enter the competition. Against all odds, but with help coming from his dysfunctional family, he must battle against preconceptions, ill health and time, to win the ticket and take the trip of his dreams.

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Colm Feore
as Marcus
Joan Gregson
as Frannie
Shelagh McLeod
as Ventura Medical Evaluator
Colin Mochrie
as Interviewer
Lori Hallier
as Ventura Mission Control
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For a film about the joy and value of expanding your horizons, whatever your age, its outlook is irksomely blinkered.

November 27, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Dreyfuss remains as fine-tuned and charming an actor as he did the first time he stared longingly up at the heavens.

May 6, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Ultimately, I believed in this character, whose dreams were so obviously unfulfillable...I thought that worked rather well.

May 4, 2020 | Full Review…

All of this would be promising territory were Astronaut an offbeat senior-versus-the-world comedy directed by, say, Alexander Payne.

April 26, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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Sitting somewhere between The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and something slightly more earnest, this charming tale of triumph over adversity does its best with some admittedly limited resources.

April 24, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A likable performance by Richard Dreyfuss livens up this easygoing drama about second chances and late-life adventure from actor-turned-director Shelagh McLeod.

April 23, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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