Spider-Man parents guide


Tobey Maguire does whatever a spider can.

Overall B-

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.

Release date May 2, 2002

Violence C-
Sexual Content B-
Profanity B-
Substance Use B

Why is Spider-Man rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Spider-Man PG-13 for stylized violence and action.

Run Time: 121 minutes

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Rating & Content Info

Please read our content details for this movie to help determine if it is suitable. We also encourage you to check our full review.

Why is Spider-Man rated PG-13? Spider-Man is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for stylized violence and action.

Overall: B-

Peter Parker is a high school nerd whose life is changed when he is bitten by a genetically altered spider. Adopting the persona of Spider-Man, he fights crime to make the city safer, but parents of children should be warned that the film includes increasingly graphic violence.

Violence: C-

Character is strangled and thrown through glass window. Comments made about murdered man. Boy hit in head with lunch tray, fight breaks out between students. Domestic argument is heard. Characters fight in wrestling match. Character brandishes gun during robbery; man is killed. Numerous scenes depict stylized violence with punching, head slams, thrown bodies, and the use of some weapons including gunfire. Character points gun at man’s forehead. Character blows up men during military demonstration. Character attacks a heavily populated event, using explosives and ammunition. Several characters are disintegrated. News story reports murders. Characters are threatened by fire. Characters fight in burning building. Women are attacked, injured and kidnapped. Explosion on bridge threatens numerous people. Fight sequences include knives, weapons, and hand-to-hand combat that becomes increasingly more graphic, some blood shown. Character is killed.

Sexual Content: B-

Girl’s t-shirt reveals cleavage and navel. Women wear bikini tops at wrestling match. Comment made about woman’s underwear. Couples kiss on at least two occasions. Thugs making kissing noises chase girl. Girl wears clingy, somewhat transparent wet dress. Slightly seductive scene includes couple kissing passionately.

Language: B-

Includes at least 10 mild profanities, 12 terms of Deity used as expletives, and occasional name-calling.

Alcohol / Drug Use: B

Character smokes cigar on several occasions. Characters drink at social event.  Man, under stress, drinks at home.

Miscellaneous Concerns:

Character is bullied, taunted and physically hurt by other students. Characters suffer from effects of spider bite and scientific experimentation. Comedic scene depicts man accidentally hitting the side of a building. A character lies.

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Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Violence
Alberta PG May Frighten Younger Children
Manitoba PG Frightening Scenes, ViolenceFrightening scenes-----
Ontario PG Frightening Scenes, Not Recommended for Children, Violence
Quebec G Not Suitable for Young Children
Martimes PG
Canadian Home Video PG

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News About "Spider-Man"

Cast and Crew

Spider-Man is directed by Sam Raimi and stars Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Spider-Man movie is June 12, 2012. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Spider-Man Trilogy

Release Date: 22 April 2014

Sony Pictures releases their Spider-Man Franchise to home video (Blu-ray). Starring Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco, the package features Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007). Bonus extras are also includes:

DISC 1: Spider-Man

- Bu-ray copy of movie

- Gag Reel

- Costume/Makeup Test

- “Spider-Man: The Mythology of the 21st Century” documentary

- Screen Tests

- Director Profile: Sam Raimi

DISC 2: Spider-Man 2

- Bu-ray copy of movie (includes Theatrical Version & Extended “Spider-Man 2.1”)

- Audio Commentary with Filmmakers & Cast

- Ock-umentary: Eight Arms to Hold You

- “Making the Amazing” 12-part documentary

- Blooper Reel

- VFX Breakdowns

DISC 3: Spider-Man 3

- Bu-ray copy of movie

- Audio Commentary with Filmmakers & Cast

- Snow Patrol Music Video

- Bloopers

DISC 4: Spider-Man 3 Bonus Disc

- Grains of Sand: Building Sandman

- Re-Imagining the Goblin

- Covered in Black: Creating Venom

- On Location in New York & Cleveland

- Inside the Editing Room & The Science of Sound

- 3 Stunt Featurettes

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

Related home video titles:

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.

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