Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern
It's 1957, Sputnik has launched, and a young high school student looks skyward for inspiration. Homer is a determined coal miner's son in West Virginia who likes to build rockets. His burning ambition leads him to a winning science fair project.
What Parents Like: Yes, blowing up things in the backyard can lead to a wonderful future, a college scholarship, and becoming an engineer for NASA...
What Makes Our Inner Kid Squeal: Anyone who has ever tried to fold a paper airplane can relate to the thrill Homer feels when his rocket gets off the ground.