Parental Guidance

If Avengers: Infinity War Is Too Intense for Your Kids, Here Are Three Alternatives

by | April 27, 2018 | Comments

Avengers: Infinity War is one of most anticipated movies — if not the most anticipated movie — of the year, so even if you haven’t been particularly invested in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, chances are your kids have bugged you about seeing it this weekend. That said, it is an explosive, intense, exhausting, emotional affair, and it may not be suitable for all children. Read on for Christy Lemire’s helpful take on Infinity War‘s family-friendliness and a trio of alternative adventures with big ensemble casts that you can watch at home instead.


THE MOVIE

Avengers: Infinity War (2018) 84%

Rating: PG-13, for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, language and some crude references.

This is the biggie you’ve been waiting for: the crossover extravaganza uniting all your favorite superheroes. Infinity War connects the various stories from the previous stand-alone offerings in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, the Captain America and Thor flicks, etc. – for one elaborate, dizzying battle against a seemingly insurmountable villain. Iron Man and Spider-Man, Black Widow and Black Panther, Scarlet Witch and Doctor Strange and many more – they all must team up to fight the massive Thanos, who’s collecting all six Infinity Stones to use their power to wipe out half the population. It’s heavy stuff, but directors Anthony and Joe Russo also aim to keep things light with the witty banter Marvel movies so often feature. But as the title suggests, Infinity War is indeed a war, with enormous, destructive battle sequences and a ton of weaponry and punishing fistfights. The stakes truly are life and death for millions of people and – spoiler alert – for some of our heroes, as well. Besides being an emotionally dense movie, Infinity War is extremely long at two and a half hours, and of course you’ll want to stay until the very end for the teaser of the next movie. And there’s quite a bit of language scattered throughout. This is the most intense Marvel film yet, both thematically and visually, and it’s probably appropriate for viewers around 10 and older.


THE RECOMMENDATIONS

Avengers: Infinity War isn’t the first movie to feature a massive cast of major stars. If the latest from Marvel is too much for your kids, here are a few suggestions you can share with the whole family:

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) 73%

Rating: G

If you thought Infinity War sounded long, add another hour and you’ll have this all-star, Oscar-winning comedy classic. Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Phil Silvers, Jonathan Winters, Jerry Lewis, Carl Reiner and Jim Backus are among the enormous cast of characters here. A bunch of frustrated folks get stuck in a traffic accident caused by a careless driver (Jimmy Durante). He tells everyone he’s hidden a huge, stolen fortune under a giant W — then he dies suddenly, sending the confused onlookers on a crazy chase. There’s a ton of slapstick humor here, with various characters getting injured along the way. Smoking and drinking are common, given the era. But the wide variety of methods the characters use to find the money is amusing for all ages. Think of it as a precursor to The Amazing Race. Fine for viewers around 6 or 7 and older; and because it’s so long, maybe you can watch it with them in pieces.

Watch now on: AmazonFandangoNOW, iTunes


The Towering Inferno (1974) 71%

Rating: PG

A classic ‘70s disaster spectacular and the winner of three Academy Awards, including best cinematography. It also earned a nomination for best picture — so it’s high-quality schlock. Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Fred Astaire, Richard Chamberlain, Robert Vaughn, Robert Wagner, Susan Blakely, Jennifer Jones, and O.J. Simpson (back when he was still beloved and popular) are among the film’s stars. The extravaganza from producer Irwin Allen takes place at the opening of an enormous – but badly built – San Francisco skyscraper. When a massive fire breaks out, the entire building and everyone inside are in danger. Destruction abounds and many people perish. There’s also a helicopter crash and several explosions. It’s intense and long at two hours and 45 minutes, but The Towering Inferno is also about perseverance, bravery and teamwork. Fine for viewers around 9 or 10 and older.

Watch now on: AmazonFandangoNOWiTunes


Ocean's Eleven (2001) 82%

Rating: PG-13, for some language and sexual content.

These are my Avengers: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, Bernie Mac, Carl Reiner, Don Cheadle and more in a remake of a 1960 film that was just as star-studded (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Angie Dickinson, Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop). In both movies, a rag-tag band of charismatic thieves dares to pull off a massive Las Vegas casino heist in one night. Steven Soderbergh’s version is glitzy and fizzy – the most irresistible bit of escapist fun. Everyone’s gorgeous, the banter is witty, and the pacing is snappy. The movie does ask you to root for con artists and criminals, but the tycoon they’re stealing from isn’t exactly a good guy himself. Some punches get thrown and there are a few explosions. There’s a bit of language scattered throughout. And there’s one scene involving strippers at a nightclub, but we don’t see very much. All in all, a blast for the older kids in your family – and a good primer for the all-female Ocean’s 8, coming out in June. Good for tweens and up.

Watch now on: AmazonFandangoNOWiTunes

Tag Cloud

TLC Rom-Com war The Arrangement jamie lee curtis adventure binge social media boxoffice Winter TV Drama what to watch RT History FXX dc dceu Polls and Games justice league DirecTV Apple 2017 dramedy Netflix Mary Tyler Moore Sundance Now Song of Ice and Fire See It Skip It Year in Review Spike Interview Nickelodeon Star Trek Ovation Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Kids & Family Creative Arts Emmys Fox News doctor who Emmys TCA 2017 Dark Horse Comics zombie IFC Films politics Mystery Awards Disney VICE Britbox PBS streaming singing competition Sony Pictures Shudder NBC TV Land WGN transformers medical drama period drama Freeform Music Warner Bros. Fantasy BBC TruTV Showtime Pirates Lionsgate Summer 2016 Fall TV Horror Animation Star Wars GLAAD talk show History Walt Disney Pictures TNT ITV APB Musicals CW Seed SXSW Shondaland Oscars crime thriller festivals The CW Trivia Lifetime Winners Lucasfilm Columbia Pictures Rock Hulu Action MTV Adult Swim political drama SundanceTV Marvel San Diego Comic-Con VH1 TBS Masterpiece SDCC cooking ratings Sci-Fi Paramount aliens Superheroe CBS All Access Video Games YouTube Premium Red Carpet FOX Sneak Peek TIFF PaleyFest Infographic 20th Century Fox IFC Opinion Martial Arts Pop A&E GoT crime drama discovery crossover TCA mutant diversity Ellie Kemper sitcom supernatural hist anime Food Network crime Reality Competition travel CMT Reality Calendar President Logo finale MSNBC CBS Thanksgiving Ghostbusters Bravo Cartoon Network Super Bowl Starz zombies thriller science fiction Biopics Box Office police drama Nat Geo Mindy Kaling composers ABC Family Universal docudrama X-Men Grammys Tomatazos National Geographic Schedule 21st Century Fox Best and Worst Superheroes TCM Podcast ESPN Paramount Network Set visit Holidays Spring TV YouTube Red Extras vampires serial killer Country Rocky Crackle Photos BBC America Comedy Central cops Nominations Epix TV Comedy harry potter Toys Premiere Dates psycho NYCC YA DC streaming service cats HBO Valentine's Day Trailer Character Guide golden globes Teen Western LGBTQ GIFs 2015 USA Network Cosplay AMC FX Esquire Amazon Comic Book sports El Rey American Society of Cinematographers Writers Guild of America Certified Fresh Pixar 24 frames romance DC Comics ABC 007 Countdown DC Universe BET Tumblr cinemax Christmas Acorn TV Sundance blaxploitation comiccon Watching Series USA historical drama Disney Channel OWN technology 45 Marathons E3 cults Musical based on movie E! unscripted robots biography Syfy First Look Election spy thriller CNN