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* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:Carson is ultimately left drifting in space after his lunar refinery blows up.]]

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* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:Carson is ultimately left drifting in space after his lunar refinery blows up. That is, until his oxygen runs out...]]


* GoofyPrintUnderwear: Marty has the classic white boxers with red hearts.

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* GoofyPrintUnderwear: Marty has the classic white boxers with red hearts. Naturally, [[ComedicUnderwearExposure they get exposed]] when he gets stuck on a fence.


* ActionSurvivor: Both Mike and Amy are shown to be pretty athletic and resourceful when they have to escape Carson on the Moon. However, due to being children, they never try to confront him directly in a fight, instead evading his attacks [[spoiler:and tricking him to destroy his own base while he chases them]].

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* ActionSurvivor: Both Mike and Amy are shown to be pretty athletic and resourceful when they have to escape Carson on the Moon. However, due to being children, they never try to confront him directly in a fight, instead evading his attacks [[spoiler:and tricking him to destroy into destroying his own base while he chases them]].


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* BigBad: Richard Carson is the main antagonist.


* AntiVillain: Steve Gigs works for Carson and accompanies him on the Moon. However, he doesn't do anything beyond helping him pilot the ship. He's simply too much of an ExtremeDoormat to do anything to stop his boss.

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* AntiVillain: Steve Gigs works for Carson and accompanies him on the Moon. However, he doesn't do anything beyond helping him pilot the ship. ship and mine the Helium-3. He's simply too much of an ExtremeDoormat to do anything to stop his boss.boss when the latter goes too far.


* AntiVillain: Steven Gigs works for Carson and accompanies him on the Moon. However, he doesn't do anything beyond helping him pilot the ship. He's simply too much of an ExtremeDoormat to do anything to stop his boss.

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* AntiVillain: Steven Steve Gigs works for Carson and accompanies him on the Moon. However, he doesn't do anything beyond helping him pilot the ship. He's simply too much of an ExtremeDoormat to do anything to stop his boss.


* AntiVillain: Steven Gigs works for Carson and accompanies him on the Moon. However, he doesn't do anything beyond helping him pilot the ship. He's simply too much of an ExtremeDoormat to do anything to stop his boss.



* ExtremeDoormat: Steve Gigs is shown to be very unnerved by his boss' willingness to harm children, but is too subversient to do anything else than weakly complain.



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: There is a late night show host named [[Creator/JayLeno Jay Lemman]], and Carson's two lackeys are called [[Creator/SteveJobs Steve Gigs]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Gates Bill Gags]] complete with the same physical appearances and trademark clothes as them. Also, the director of Carson's moon landing hoax is none than Creator/StanleyKubrick himself [[spoiler:who now cleans floors for Carson for failing him]].


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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: There is a late night show host named [[Creator/JayLeno Jay Lemman]], and Carson's two lackeys are called [[Creator/SteveJobs Steve Gigs]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Gates Bill Gags]] complete with the same physical appearances and trademark clothes as them. Also, the director of Carson's moon landing hoax is none than Creator/StanleyKubrick himself [[spoiler:who now cleans floors for Carson for failing him]].

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* ActionSurvivor: Both Mike and Amy are shown to be pretty athletic and resourceful when they have to escape Carson on the Moon. However, due to being children, they never try to confront him directly in a fight, instead evading his attacks [[spoiler:and tricking him to destroy his own base while he chases them]].


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* PuppyLove: Between Mike and Amy. While at first they are in full SheIsNotMyGirlfriend-mode and their first kiss is [[AccidentalKiss accidental]], she ends up kissing him willingly (on the cheek) at the end of their adventure, during the credits, and both look adorably awkward afterwards.

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* ArtisticLicenseChemistry: In the film, Helium-3 is a glowing green liquid. In reality, it's a gas, and being an isotope of helium it's also colourless.

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* PlugNPlayTechnology: DoubleSubverted: Marty wants to connect his smartphone with NASA's rather old computers to restore communication with Mike and Amy on the moon, but is told this can't be done due to the huge differences in technology. Being a GadgeteerGenius, Marty promptly creates an adapter that allows him to do it anyway.

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* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: The "moneybag" maneouver Mike attempts in the opening scene comes in handy during the climax, as does Igor's harness being able to transmit whatever Amy's phone picks up.]]

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* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: The "moneybag" maneouver maneuver Mike attempts in the opening scene comes in handy during the climax, as does Igor's harness being able to transmit whatever Amy's phone picks up.]]



* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Richard Carson. His motto is "Nothing's a hitch, if it makes you filthy rich!" He showed no regrets about accidentally killing one of his employees during a weapons test, thinks nothing of killing an old man and two kids in order to stop them from reaching the moon, and [[spoiler: fully intended to destroy any country that wouldn't buy the fuel he'd harvested from the moon.]]

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Richard Carson. His motto is "Nothing's a hitch, if it makes you filthy rich!" He showed no regrets about accidentally killing one of his employees during a weapons test, thinks nothing of killing an old man and two kids in order to stop them from reaching the moon, and [[spoiler: fully [[spoiler:fully intended to destroy any country that wouldn't buy the fuel he'd harvested from the moon.]]



* EverybodyHatesMathematics: Well, at least Marty does. When Mike states his intends to hide in the rocket and asks his friends to help him, Marty, after first pointing out how crazy the whole plan is, reacts with “What the heck, It’s better than studying for math!”.

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* EverybodyHatesMathematics: Well, at least Marty does. When Mike states his intends to hide in the rocket and asks his friends to help him, Marty, after first pointing out how crazy the whole plan is, reacts with “What the heck, It’s it’s better than studying for math!”.



** Because of the above, the Trailer makes it look like [[WhatDoesThisButtonDo Mike and Amy accidently launch the rocket]] ahead of schedule. In reality, this was done by one of Carsons' mooks.
** The trailer makes it look like Marty panicks as soon as Mike and Amy follow up on his request to leave him on the fence (see IWillOnlySlowYouDown above). In reality, he's fine with this. It's the fact that his pet lizard Igor also abandons him that makes him panic.

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** Because of the above, the Trailer makes it look like [[WhatDoesThisButtonDo Mike and Amy accidently accidentally launch the rocket]] ahead of schedule. In reality, this was done by one of Carsons' mooks.
** The trailer makes it look like Marty panicks panics as soon as Mike and Amy follow up on his request to leave him on the fence (see IWillOnlySlowYouDown above). In reality, he's fine with this. It's the fact that his pet lizard Igor also abandons him that makes him panic.



* TrainingMontage: Three of them simultaniously; we see the new NASA astronauts getting trained by the old Apollo crew, Carson and Gigs training for their trip to the moon, and Mike training for his trip to the moon.

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* TrainingMontage: Three of them simultaniously; simultaneously; we see the new NASA astronauts getting trained by the old Apollo crew, Carson and Gigs training for their trip to the moon, and Mike training for his trip to the moon.



* VillainsActHeroesReact: The whole plot is kicked off by Richard Carson announcing his plans to go to the moon and 'prove' the moonlanding was a hoax, combined with showing the world that he has the rocket to do so. This prompts the president of the United States to order NASA to immediately startup the moon landing programm again (which was actually scheduled for 2022).

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* VillainsActHeroesReact: The whole plot is kicked off by Richard Carson announcing his plans to go to the moon and 'prove' the moonlanding was a hoax, combined with showing the world that he has the rocket to do so. This prompts the president of the United States to order NASA to immediately startup the moon landing programm program again (which was actually scheduled for 2022).


* ThrowingTheDistraction: Amy distracts the night guard at the retirement home with a rock so she and Mike can get inside. He ignores the first rock, but investiages the second one (which hits a lamp post), and when doing so disocvers 3 residents secretly working on their own model rocket.

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* ThrowingTheDistraction: Amy distracts the night guard at the retirement home with a rock so she and Mike can get inside. He ignores the first rock, but investiages the second one (which hits a lamp post), and when doing so disocvers discovers 3 residents secretly working on their own model rocket.


* GoLookAtTheDistraction: Amy distracts the night guard at the retirement home with a rock so she and Mike can get inside.



* NeverTrustATrailer:
** The trailer makes [[SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer no mention of Richard Carson]] and his plans to mine the moon for Helium-3, nor that this is the real reason NASA suddenly wants to go back to the moon.
** Because of the above, the Trailer makes it look like [[WhatDoesThisButtonDo Mike and Amy accidently launch the rocket]] ahead of schedule. In reality, this was done by one of Carsons' mooks.
** The trailer makes it look like Marty panicks as soon as Mike and Amy follow up on his request to leave him on the fence (see IWillOnlySlowYouDown above). In reality, he's fine with this. It's the fact that his pet lizard Igor also abandons him that makes him panic.



* TrailersAlwaysLie:
** The trailer makes [[SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer no mention of Richard Carson]] and his plans to mine the moon for Helium-3, nor that this is the real reason NASA suddenly wants to go back to the moon.
** Because of the above, the Trailer makes it look like [[WhatDoesThisButtonDo Mike and Amy accidently launch the rocket]] ahead of schedule. In reality, this was done by one of Carsons' mooks.
** The trailer makes it look like Marty panicks as soon as Mike and Amy follow up on his request to leave him on the fence (see IWillOnlySlowYouDown above). In reality, he's fine with this. It's the fact that his pet lizard Igor also abandons him that makes him panic.

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* TrailersAlwaysLie:
** The trailer makes [[SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer no mention of Richard Carson]]
ThrowingTheDistraction: Amy distracts the night guard at the retirement home with a rock so she and his plans to mine the moon for Helium-3, nor that this is the real reason NASA suddenly wants to go back to the moon.
** Because of the above, the Trailer makes it look like [[WhatDoesThisButtonDo
Mike can get inside. He ignores the first rock, but investiages the second one (which hits a lamp post), and Amy accidently launch the rocket]] ahead of schedule. In reality, this was done by one of Carsons' mooks.
** The trailer makes it look like Marty panicks as soon as Mike and Amy follow up
when doing so disocvers 3 residents secretly working on his request to leave him on the fence (see IWillOnlySlowYouDown above). In reality, he's fine with this. It's the fact that his pet lizard Igor also abandons him that makes him panic.their own model rocket.


* AlmostOutOfOxygen: Frank's space suit is running dangerously low on oxygen after he, Mike and Amy escape from Carson's moon base, hench why he is forced to go back to the moon lander and replace his oxygen tank, leaving Mike and Amy to take on Carson themselves. He barely makes it in time.

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* AlmostOutOfOxygen: Frank's space suit is running dangerously low on oxygen after he, Mike and Amy escape from When escaping Carson's moon base, hench Frank cracks his helmet and begins to lose oxygen rapidly. Hench why he is forced to go back to the moon lander and replace his oxygen tank, and helmet, leaving Mike and Amy to take on Carson themselves. He barely makes it in time.


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* CreepySouvenir: Carson carries a ring with a diamond forged out of the ashes of his late father. He even talks to it as if the ring were still a living human.


* CaptureTheFlag: UpToEleven, since the flag that the heroes and villains compete to get is the one originally planted on the moon by the Apollo XI crew. On a smaller scale, in their first scene, Mike, Amy and Marty are participating in a Capture the Flag surfing competition against another team, but lose.



* LittleStowaway: Mike and Amy stow away on board the moonlander, and thus accompany Mike’s grandfather to the moon.

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* LittleStowaway: Mike and Amy stow away on board Amy, though in Amy's case it was unintentional since she was only supposed to help Mike get inside the moonlander, rocket, then leave again before liftoff. She gets trapped inside along with Mike and thus accompany Mike’s grandfather to Frank when Carson's mook starts up the moon.launch sequence.


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* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The main heroes. The president of the United States is understandably not happy that, instead of 3 trained astronauts, the mission is now in the hands of a retired former astronaut who never went to the moon and 2 kids.

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