The Astronaut Farmer The Polish brothers (Northfork) posit Billy Bob Thornton (pictured) as a moonstruck Texas farmer (named Farmer) who builds an Atlas rocket in his barn and…
Movie on DVD Review

The Astronaut Farmer (2007)

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Details Release Date: Jul 10, 2007; DVD Release Date: Jul 10, 2007; Movie Rated: PG; Genre: Drama; With: Virginia Madsen and Billy Bob Thornton; Distributor: Warner Bros.

The Polish brothers (Northfork) posit Billy Bob Thornton (pictured) as a moonstruck Texas farmer (named Farmer) who builds an Atlas rocket in his barn and readies for liftoff against the wishes of the U.S. government. Says actual astronaut David Scott in a DVD extra, ''In real terms, that'd be very difficult to do.'' Oh, really? Your own tolerance for studied heartland whimsy will determine whether The Astronaut Farmer lifts off for you, but the film's off-kilter idealism stands to delight smart tweens and teens. EXTRAS A making-of doc; bloopers. B

Originally posted Jul 06, 2007 Published in issue #943 Jul 13, 2007 Order article reprints