Explorers ★★★½

Peak 1980s family fare from Joe Dante, kept from soaring space-wards by studio deadlines - it's unmistakably missing a sub-plot or two. That said, the three young leads are great and there's a superb, enigmatic supporting turn by Dante regular Dick Miller. The bittersweet quality of the twist is somewhat undercut by the goofiness of two characters introduced late on, but somehow I think they're meant to be goofy.