• PTC Movie Review: Tomorrowland

    by  • May 20, 2015 • Movies • 3 Comments

    TomorrowlandDisney’s new film is an action-packed teen adventure with an intelligent plot and a powerful message about the power of media…and the importance of hope.


    Review by Christopher Gildemeister



    Release Date: Friday, May 22, 2015

    MPAA rating: PG for sequences of sci-fi action violence and peril, thematic elements, and language

    Starring: George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw

    Recommended age: 10+

    Overall PTC Traffic Light Rating: Yellow





      Death, explosions, crashes, dismemberment, intense fantasy violence


    “Damn,” “hell,” “God Almighty,” “son of a…”


    Casey Newton is a genius – a teenage girl as at home hot-wiring tractors and motorcycles as she is with astronomy. Passionate about one day being an astronaut, Casey engages in industrial vandalism, stopping the government’s attempts to dismantle NASA’s rocket launch platform. After being arrested for her crime, Casey finds an unusual pin…and then things start getting strange. When she touches the pin, she finds herself in an entirely different world, a futuristic city of creative beauty and unbelievable technology. Tracing the pin, Casey finds herself in a battle with people who turn out to be robots, in which Casey is saved by a cute little girl, who then strands her outside the home of the mysterious hermit Frank Walker. Frank believes that Casey can save the world from destruction – if he can help her travel to the strange world she has glimpsed: Tomorrowland.

    As noted in the content box, Tomorrowland does some contain language some parents might find objectionable. It also has a great deal of intense fantasy violence: human-looking robots are continually crushed, bludgeoned, shot, stabbed, dismembered, decapitated, and otherwise “killed.”  Multiple human beings are killed with ray guns, their bodies vanishing in a burst of energy. In addition, there are many chases utilizing cars, motorcycles, airplanes, spaceships, rocket packs, and other vehicles, with the expected crashes and explosions resulting. One of the lead characters also dies at the end of the picture.

    Loosely and conceptually based on the famed Disneyland attraction, Tomorrowland is that rarest of things: an exciting, action-packed spectacle with an unusually intelligent plot and a meaningful message on the power – and perils – of media…and the importance of hope.

    Because of high quality of entertainment and its family-friendly values, the Parents Television Council is proud to award Tomorrowland with the PTC Seal of Approval®. The PTC recommends this movie for viewers over age 10.




    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    3 Responses to PTC Movie Review: Tomorrowland

    1. Almighty
      July 29, 2015 at 12:49 pm

      Tomorrowland also has two uses of “shi*” and one faint use of “f***.”

    2. brandon
      June 8, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      I liked Tomorrowland except I am still confused on what exactly the machine was doing, they didn’t explain why Tomorrowland itself was so deserted and depressing, and the tone was sometimes all over the place (like random civilians being disintegrated then immediately going back to the whimsical, comical, kids movie stuff.) But other than those few problems I still enjoyed it. It really did feel like like an old school Disney film like the Rocketeer. I would definitely recommend it even with its problems. Also if you like Hugh Laurie like I do, this film is worth seeing.

    3. May 23, 2015 at 10:20 pm

      There is a lot of love put into this film and the message of the movie has a lot of love as well – love for human ingenuity, love for individual uniqueness and especially love for the Earth. 

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