Parental Guidance

How Family-Friendly Is Spider-Man: Homecoming?

by | July 7, 2017 | Comments

The big movie this week is the latest big screen iteration of your friendly neighborhood wall-crawler, and kids who have grown up watching the MCU movies will certainly want to hit the theaters for it. It is, however, rated PG-13, and Christy fills us in on what you’ll need to know about it before you take the young ones to see it. Read on for details on that and a recent Holocaust drama newly available on DVD.



Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) 92%

Rating: PG-13, for sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments.

Spidey is back for an all-new adventure, and it might be the most kid-friendly, live-action incarnation of the character yet. There’s a lightness and a playfulness here that’s sometimes missing in comic book movies – especially the darker and more self-serious ones featuring Batman and Superman. But Tom Holland brings a boyish enthusiasm to the role that’s infectious, glimmers of which we saw during his brief appearance in last summer’s Captain America: Civil War. Spider-Man: Homecoming fits nicely into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it also stands comfortably on its own. It picks up right where Civil War leaves off, actually, with nerdy high schooler Peter Parker still reveling in the opportunity to hang with the big boys (and girls). But he also must keep his superhero identity a secret – including from his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) and best friend, Ned (scene-stealing newcomer Jacob Batalon) – even as he longs to continue fighting crime. There are some big battle scenes and action set pieces here, as there always are in this genre, including one spectacularly tense one aboard the Staten Island Ferry. Innocent folks are frequently in peril, but Spider-Man always swings in to save the day. There’s also some language scattered throughout, some crass name-calling and light bullying. And there’s a quick (and hilarious) reference to porn, but younger viewers won’t get it. I brought my 7 ½-year-old son to a screening and he absolutely loved this movie (as did I). Totally great for kids around 7 or 8 and older.



The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) 63%

Rating: PG-13, for thematic elements, disturbing images, violence, brief sexuality, nudity and smoking.

Jessica Chastain hangs out with lots of cuddly and adorable zoo animals, but don’t be fooled: This isn’t a kids’ movie. Viewers around age 12 and older will probably be fine watching this true story about a couple who saved the lives of hundreds of Jews during the Holocaust by hiding them in the basement of the Warsaw zoo. Chastain’s Antonina Zabinski and her husband, Jan (Johan Heldenbergh), risked their lives and that of their young son by sneaking people out of the Warsaw ghetto and helping them find new lives. Director Niki Caro’s film is often extremely hard to watch. We see Nazi soldiers shoot people and animals to death. We witness Jews being herded onto trains on their way to concentration camps. One young woman is raped (we don’t see the assault, but it’s implied). A zoologist from Berlin (Daniel Bruhl), who initially pretends to be the couple’s ally, eventually reveals himself as a Nazi and tries to force himself on Antonina. There’s a ton of World War II violence, including shootouts, bombings and mass destruction. But The Zookeeper’s Wife is also a well-acted, inspiring story of heroism, courage and sacrifice.

Tag Cloud

Photos Spectrum Originals 2017 Star Wars Apple TV Plus The Walking Dead NYCC Song of Ice and Fire spinoff vampires documentary movie stoner justice league MCU Countdown Film Festival screen actors guild FOX die hard Comics on TV spain comic The CW zombies Toys Classic Film Disney+ Disney Plus Apple USA boxoffice doctor who USA Network a nightmare on elm street jamie lee curtis Sony Pictures joker HBO Sneak Peek Epix GLAAD latino CBS Television Academy FX slashers Cosplay docudrama game show Vudu psycho Biopics Black History Month cancelled television Ghostbusters Summer stand-up comedy Hulu ratings TV renewals cinemax Winners casting President science fiction crossover reboot anthology nature TruTV Hallmark Christmas movies Drama space Starz Reality Competition Film Quiz CBS All Access 2016 Funimation golden globes Anna Paquin History child's play Disney Tumblr Peacock WGN Columbia Pictures Freeform Schedule binge canceled halloween MTV asian-american Pixar concert name the review NBC WarnerMedia Podcast HBO Max Mystery hist criterion streaming Turner Classic Movies Martial Arts Marathons Shondaland christmas movies TBS First Reviews American Society of Cinematographers Animation Super Bowl teaser TV television TIFF aliens toy story CW Seed Holiday Valentine's Day GoT what to watch romantic comedy Family Comedy Central sag awards A&E Character Guide Stephen King Food Network crime drama disaster dramedy Mudbound game of thrones cults CNN Trophy Talk cooking strong female leads award winner sitcom ESPN adventure Best and Worst Ovation Netflix Disney streaming service mutant OneApp GIFs natural history free movies Oscars ABC quibi indie dc APB Set visit Winter TV Avengers Heroines Horror Rom-Com rotten movies we love Discovery Channel Fantasy YouTube Red elevated horror Amazon Prime Video First Look facebook Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Mary poppins Emmys Ellie Kemper Elton John versus DGA chucky reviews romance hispanic zero dark thirty spanish language breaking bad Netflix Christmas movies Rock Bravo series A24 BBC America ghosts Comedy Brie Larson VICE Trailer sports travel Lionsgate SDCC Mary Tyler Moore period drama diversity finale richard e. Grant green book Election Trivia TCA Winter 2020 spider-man sequel talk show Kids & Family Sci-Fi social media AMC Musicals 2015 crime thriller Binge Guide OWN supernatural Tomatazos blockbuster Awards Extras foreign Tubi Baby Yoda cars Infographic Rocky Comic Book serial killer Nat Geo Action Polls and Games Grammys adaptation YouTube Premium TCM 24 frames Disney Channel true crime Amazon Studios Hear Us Out Mary Poppins Returns BET Holidays PBS Christmas theme song Warner Bros. composers 21st Century Fox DC Universe El Rey festivals based on movie Awards Tour video 20th Century Fox revenge psychological thriller Fall TV Lucasfilm Creative Arts Emmys TLC Dark Horse Comics cancelled TV series Esquire TNT Nickelodeon ITV The Arrangement Rocketman SundanceTV Showtime Apple TV+ Marvel Television dogs dragons Mindy Kaling historical drama PaleyFest comiccon werewolf Year in Review IFC Films FX on Hulu cancelled YA TV Land Academy Awards war VH1 comedies transformers Britbox Women's History Month DC Comics Red Carpet See It Skip It Writers Guild of America Star Trek Music discovery spy thriller witnail E3 YouTube Tarantino Thanksgiving IFC Pop TV harry potter National Geographic SXSW Black Mirror Nominations political drama Marvel Studios Watching Series Reality Turner cops comics Amazon 71st Emmy Awards miniseries Captain marvel Interview unscripted Calendar Pride Month cancelled TV shows Spike technology dark Travel Channel crime Marvel DirecTV Logo south america Lifetime Christmas movies X-Men Pirates The Purge independent franchise Pet Sematary Sundance TV Spring TV Crunchyroll singing competition Paramount cartoon Syfy Paramount Network cats batman CMT Endgame Superheroe mockumentary Shudder Opinion Superheroes dceu 2020 Cannes The Witch New York Comic Con ABC Family Adult Swim blaxploitation Sundance Now San Diego Comic-Con Musical renewed TV shows kids children's TV Arrowverse tv talk Western Teen canceled TV shows TCA RT History 4/20 Chernobyl Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt LGBT Masterpiece Cartoon Network Certified Fresh Sundance biography BBC screenings Crackle Hallmark Amazon Prime 2019 movies Acorn TV anime best Box Office book Pop robots thriller Disney Plus LGBTQ police drama Emmy Nominations mission: impossible animated Country Walt Disney Pictures DC streaming service directors universal monsters zombie TCA 2017 scary movies Premiere Dates Universal politics 45 2018 parents medical drama E! Video Games Fox News Lifetime MSNBC RT21 FXX 007