Based upon a true story about the people behind the scenes at NASA in the early 1960's, it has something for the whole family--fantastic writing, award-winning performances, historically accurate events, settings and fashion. The movie is kid-friendly, and presents a restrained introduction to discrimination issues of the day. As a former teacher, I could see this movie being used in a math, science or social studies curriculum. Coming out of the crowded theater, everyone was upbeat and raving about the movie. This is a must-see--by far, the best movie I've seen in a long time!
As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as "human computers", we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history's greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.