Fans of Billy Bob Thornton and senseless family movies might enjoy blasting off to the theater to see "The Astronaut Farmer." The rest of you should stay grounded and wait until this film comes back to earth in the form of a DVD rental.
Thornton stars as Charles Farmer, a cattle rancher in Texas who has built a full-size rocket in his barn and plans to launch himself into space with or without the permission of the U.S. government. Why does Farmer want to go into orbit? How is he going to pull it off? Is he crazy? Am I crazy for seeing this? All of these questions will be answered.
My friends and I wanted to see a "normal" movie, so we checked the listings in the paper and saw an ad for "The Astronaut Farmer." The so-called critics gave it two thumbs up. We thought it couldn't be that bad. We were dead wrong. It is.