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At Theaters: 11/11/2005 On Video: 2/14/2006
Rated: PG Length: 1 hr. 53 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 449988
Studio: Columbia Pictures Inc.
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Two brothers are propelled into deepest, darkest space while playing a mysterious game they discovered in the basement of their old house. On their fantastic journey, they are joined by a stranded astronaut and must survive meteor showers, hostile lizard-like aliens, a rocket-propelled robot run amok and an intergalactic spaceship battle. But their greatest peril lies ahead. For unless they finish the game and reach the planet Zathura, they are doomed to be trapped in outer space forever.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Sci-Fi Adventure - A fast paced action adventure that's primarily targeted at children and teens. As could be expected from the promotional material, the story is very far-fetched. It's a story that's very similar to the movie "Jumanji."
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Cast and Crew Heading
Josh Hutcherson KICKING AND SCREAMING
Jonah Bobo AROUND THE BEND
Dax Shepard WITHOUT A PADDLE, UNTITLED MIKE JUDGE PROJECT
Kristen Stewart CATCH THAT KID, PANIC ROOM
Tim Robbins WAR OF THE WORLDS, CODE 46, MYSTIC RIVER
Director: Jon Favreau ELF
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Production Notes Heading
Blast Off!
Space Ships, Robots And Zorgons, Oh My!
Shake, Rattle And Roll
Zathura: The Game
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: No strong profanity. Eight mild profanities.
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: Some cartoon type violence. Nothing graphic.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None
ACTION: Several scenes of action once the game begins.
COMEDY: Lots of chuckles (22) and a few smiles.
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Above Average

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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Good Zathura is welcome late-year fun for all ages - a pleasant contrast to the nauseating dreck that normally masquerades as family-friendly science fiction.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Good 'Zathura' lacks the undercurrents of archetypal menace and genuine emotion that informed "The Polar Express,"... But it works gloriously as space opera.

USA Today Full Review
Average Both in subject matter and its crossword-puzzle-ish title, Zathura brings to mind 1995's zestier Jumanji.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 177 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
50
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
14
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
11
Very High
91%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
2
Fairly Low
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
6
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
37
High
100%
30+Adults (F)
57
Very High
98%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 177 moviegoer: GREAT OPINIONS! Children and teens LOVED "ZATHURA"! Older females also rated it very high. Older male opinions aren't quite as high, but they're still great. I fall into this group and I agree with these opinions. I felt "Zathura" was more of a kids movie, but I still enjoyed it. I just didn't think it was great.

"ZATHURA" IS A GREAT FAMILY MOVIE! DON'T MISS IT!


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
After their father (Tim Robbins) leaves for work, leaving them in the care of their older sister (Kristen Stewart), six year-old Danny (Jonah Bobo) and ten-year old Walter (Josh Hutcherson) either get on each other's nerves or are totally bored.

When their bickering escalates and Walter starts chasing him, Danny hides in a dumbwaiter. But Walter surprises him, and in retaliation, lowers Danny into their dark, scary basement, where he discovers an old tattered metal board game, "Zathura." After trying unsuccessfully to get his brother to play the game with him, Danny starts to play on his own.

From his first move, Danny realizes this is no ordinary board game. His spaceship marker moves by itself and when it lands on a space, a card is ejected, which reads: "Meteor shower, take evasive action." The house is immediately pummeled from above by hot, molten meteors.

When Danny and Walter look up through the gaping hole in their roof, they discover, to their horror, that they have been propelled into deepest, darkest outer space.

And they are not alone.

So begins an exhilarating, sometimes frightening, but always unpredictable adventure. Danny and Walter realize that unless they finish the game they'll be trapped in outer space forever. With every turn, they confront one incredible obstacle after another: They accidentally put their sister Lisa into a deep cryonic sleep, are chased by a crazed, malfunctioning six-foot robot, rescue a stranded astronaut (Dax Shepard) and are besieged by lizard-like, carnivorous creatures called Zorgons.

With the help of the astronaut, Danny and Walter begin to put their petty fraternal differences aside, work together to overcome the obstacles they encounter and attempt to finish the game so they can go home.

But all their efforts may be in vain when they face their biggest challenge of all — a battle against an intense gravitational pull into the void of the dark planet Zathura.

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