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The Astronaut Farmer

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Richard Foreman

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