(2021) (Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Black Comedy: Two astronomers try to warn an indifferent country about a planet killer comet that's headed directly toward Earth.
Astronomy grad student Kate Dibiasky (JENNIFER LAWRENCE) and her Michigan state professor Dr. Randall Mindy (LEONARDO DICAPRIO) have made a troubling discovery -- a comet about ten kilometers in size that's on a collision course with Earth. Their finding is confirmed by Dr. Teddy Oglethorpe (ROB MORGAN) from the Planetary Defense Coordination Office, and all three head to the White House to alert them to the planet killer that will arrive in six months. But President Orlean (MERYL STREEP) blows them off, as does her entitled son Jason (JONAH HILL) who serves as her chief of staff.
Realizing they need to warn others, they try to do so on a TV talk show, The Daily Rip, but the upbeat hosts, Brie Evantee (CATE BLANCHETT) and Jack Bremmer (TYLER PERRY), similarly don't take the warnings seriously, although Brie finds herself attracted to the married professor. President Orlean and big-tech founder and CEO Peter Isherwell (MARK RYLANCE) eventually take things seriously and come up with a plan to send patriot Benedict Drask (RON PERLMAN) into space to blow up the comet, but even that gets called off with a new discovery. With things looking bleak, Randall and Kate do what they can to continue warning others, all while she finds solace in the arms of young skateboarder Yule (TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET).
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- It has a huge cast of stars, so if anyone's a fan of them, they might want to see it.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For language throughout, some sexual content, graphic nudity and drug content.
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