As wholesome and sappy as a maple tree, The Space Between Us is an inoffensive teenage romantic drama, set in the near future, about a boy named Gardner (Asa Butterfield) who is the first person born on Mars, the result of a NASA astronaut’s careless pregnancy. After living his first 16 years with scientist/colonizers on the Red Planet, Gardner comes “home” to Earth, where he’s been chatting online with a troubled Colorado girl named Tulsa (Britt Robertson). NASA’s doctors (like BD Wong) and bureaucrats (like Gary Oldman) are concerned that Gardner’s Mars-conditioned organs won’t last under Earth's heavy gravity. Others (like his surrogate mom, Mars scientist Carla Gugino) are more concerned about his happiness and sociability; Gardner just wants to experience the wonders of Earth life (and find his father). Directed by Peter Chelsom (Hannah Montana: The Movie) from a humdrum screenplay by so-so writer Allan Loeb (Here Comes the Boom), the film overplays Gardner’s unfamiliarity with human interaction—he grew up surrounded by dozens of scientists, not alone in a bubble somewhere—but it sometimes captures the bittersweetness of young love and discovery.
Director: Peter Chelsom
Producer: Richard Lewis, Jeffrey Soros, Simon Horsman, Allan Loeb, Steven Pearl, Kevin Halloran, Robbie Brenner, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Douglas Urbanski, Sasha Harari, Wang Zhongjun, Wang Zhonglei, Jerry Ye, Donald Tang, Robert Simonds, Adam Fogelson, Oren Aviv and Cathy Schulman
Cast: Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield, Carla Gugino, Britt Robertson, BD Wong, Janet Montgomery, Scott Takeda and Trey Tucker