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Still shot from the movie: Spider-Man.


Actor Tobey Maguire dons form fitting tights and a face-concealing mask, then heads out to the streets as Spider-Man. While the web-spinning super hero attempts to make New York City a safer place, he must also slough off bad press and keeping his real identity a secret. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B-
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: B-
Language: B-
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Run Time: 121
Theater Release: 02 May 2002
Video Release: 12 Jun 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Parents concerned about this live action version may want to check video rental shelves for the animated adventures of this super hero, such as Spider-Man: Spider Slayer. Other comic book heroes that have found fame on the big screen include Superman (1978) and X-Men (2000). Inspector Gadget (about a physically modified security guard) and the animated movie Batman & Mr. Freeze: Subzero also showcase superheroes of a sort, but have more content issues. Jumanji is an action-packed film for teens and adults about a board game that requires lots of human interaction.

Home Video Extra Features

Home Video Notes: Spider-Man

Release Date: 12 June 2012

Spider-Man releases to home video on Blu-ray (Blu-ray/UV Digital Copy). Bonus extras include:

- Three audio commentaries (Filmmakers and cast: Sam Raimi, Laura Ziskin, Grant Curtis, and Kirsten Dunst; Visual effects designer and crew: John Dykstra and special effects crew; and Actors: Tobey Maguire and J.K. Simmons)

- Gag/outtake reel

- Six multi-angle webisodes

- Music videos: “Hero,” performed by Chad Kroeger and featuring Josey Scott & “What We’re All About,” performed by Sum 41

- Spider-Man: The Mythology of the 21st Century

- HBO Making of Spider-Man

- Spider-Mania: E! Entertainment Special

- Filmmaker profiles: Director Sam Raimi and composer Profile: Danny Elfman

- Costume design featurette

- Seven additional behind-the-scenes featurettes

- Screen tests: Tobey Maguire, J.K. Simmons, and CGI Spider-Man

- Costume and makeup tests

- Spider Sense Trivia Challenge

- The Spider-man Cutting Room

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