Rating: PG-13, for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, some sexuality and language.
An extremely hard PG-13 film, which should be a given considering that its central character is a tormented comic-book mutant with fierce, metal claws sprouting from his knuckles. Still, The Wolverine may push the limits of what you consider acceptable for your children to watch, even in the form of escapist entertainment. Hugh Jackman returns as the X-Men hero Logan/Wolverine — his sixth time in the role — in an adventure that takes the Marvel Comics character to Japan. There, many, many people die swift deaths in beautifully choreographed ways. But the rare bit of actual blood surprisingly comes from Wolverine himself, when he discovers how it feels to ache and bleed without the benefit of instant healing. A breathtaking fight on top of a speeding bullet train also results in some peril and serious injury. Older kids who’ve played a lot of video games and/or read a lot of comic books probably won’t be bothered by any of this, but it’s probably too intense for those younger than tween age.