Marc Bernardin
April 20, 2001 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Space Cowboys

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
performer
Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, James Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Courtney B. Vance
director
Clint Eastwood
distributor
Warner Bros.
genre
Drama, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a B-

Codgers in the cosmos! In this more rambling than rip-roaring installment in Eastwood’s Old People Are Cool series (Unforgiven, Absolute Power, and True Crime), four retirement-age aviation pioneers (Jones, Eastwood, James Garner, and Donald Sutherland) hornswoggle their way onto the space shuttle and into orbit. (Yes, it sounds ludicrous, until you remember that NASA did launch 77-year-old Sen. John Glenn into space.) Even though Space Cowboys fails them — as directed by Clint, it takes a dog’s age to get up to speed — the graceful veterans make the journey as refreshing as Tang on a hot summer day.

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