The Space Between Us

Theatrical Release: February 3, 2017
The Space Between Us


In this interplanetary adventure, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant. Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet—never revealing who the father is. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot—an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing. While searching for clues about his father and the home planet he’s never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street-smart girl in Colorado named Tulsa. When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, he’s eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars—from the most simple to the extraordinary. But once his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner’s organs can’t withstand Earth’s atmosphere. Eager to find his father, Gardner escapes the team…

Dove Review

“The Space Between Us” is a movie with a unique story. A female astronaut named Sarah Elliot embarks for Mars along with five other astronauts and learns she is pregnant while en route. She dies giving birth, and the man behind the mission, Nathaniel Shepherd (Gary Oldman) weeps in shock as he watches her die on a monitor. Her son, Gardner (Asa Butterfield), at 16, has been communicating online with a girl in Colorado named Tulsa (Britt Robertson). He longs to go to his home planet of Earth and meet her. Following a surgery to help prepare him for Earth’s atmosphere and gravity, his wish comes true. He escapes from quarantine after landing on Earth to search for Tulsa. She thinks he’s a bit crazy when they meet, but she also is drawn to his directness in saying what he is thinking. And he is nuts about her. The movie features modern hardware including a self-driving car with a man asleep behind the steering wheel!

Shepherd and the woman that cared for Gardner on Mars, Kendra, try to track him down while Gardner experiences excitement with Tulsa and new discoveries such as rain and eating, get this now, a Mars candy bar. However, when he begins to suffer nose bleeds it is obvious that something is terribly wrong with him. Will Gardner survive? Will he find the father he is in search of? Will he have to return to Mars? One of the lines of the film says that courage is really fear that said its prayers, and Gardner and Tulsa both show a lot of courage in helping each other out. Regrettably, the movie features a sex scene with the main characters in a sleeping bag, and due to this scene we cannot award “The Space Between Us” our Dove Family-Approved Seal.

Content Description

Sex: Several kissing scenes between a couple; a boy is born outside of marriage; a young couple have implied sex and are seen together with bare shoulders inside a single sleeping bag.
Language: For the love of G-(not finished)-1; O/G-1; M/G-1; holy crap-1; crap-1; bad A-2; da*mit-1; bloody-1; suck/sucking-3; A-1; slang for male genitalia-1.
Violence: Two people jump from a crop duster before the small plane crashes into a barn with an explosion of fire; young man and woman flee from police; a young woman slaps young man's face; a young man crashes a vehicle while on Mars.
Drugs: A comment about someone always being drunk; a man is passed out with beer cans lying near him.
Nudity: A few women are seen in shorts; a woman and man's bare shoulders; cleavage.
Other: A woman vomits into a bag; a tattoo is seen on a woman; death and grief; a shaman who performed a wedding is sought to find a missing man who performed the man's wedding ceremony; a young man suffers nose bleeds.


Company: STX Entertainment
Writer: Allan Loeb
Director: Peter Chelsom
Genre: Science-Fiction
Runtime: 121 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter