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The Amazing Spider-Man

Released

Latest Home Video

Nov 08, 2012

MPAA Rating:

PG-13


Run Time:

136

Director

Marc Webb

Cast

Andrew Garfield

Emma Stone

Rhys Ifans

Studio

2012 Sony Pictures

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Still shot from the movie: The Amazing Spider-Man.

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OverallB-
ViolenceD+
SexB
LanguageB-
Drugs/AlcoholB+
Run Time136

Making the Grades

As if high school wasn’t tough enough already, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) has just been bitten—by the love bug and by a genetically enhanced spider.

Dealing with the love bug may be normal for high school students (played in this film by some actors who are pushing 30), but the spider is quite another matter. After stumbling upon several sheets of handwritten notes belonging to his deceased father, Peter tracks down his dad’s former scientific partner, Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) at his research company. It is in his lab that the awkward science student is stung by an eight-legged arachnid. While this event results in Peter acquiring extraordinary strength and heightened sensory ability, confidence isn’t part of the package. He still stammers and sweats whenever he attempts to talk to fellow student Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone).

Considering it’s been just a scant five years since the theatrical release of the final film of the Toby Maguire adaptations, it seems rather early to be rebooting the comic book series with another actor donning the red and blue bodysuit—especially when the script covers pretty much the same ground as Maguire’s Spider-Man. This version does offer a brief glimpse of Peter’s parents (Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz) when they drop him off at the home of his Uncle Ben and Aunt May (Martin Sheen, Sally Field) on a dark and stormy night. But beyond that the story details differ in only minor ways.

Garfield’s Spidey has more human foibles and his vulnerability becomes an issue. Driven by his guilt over his uncle’s death, the young man seeks revenge on every longhaired crook he comes across. Yet he doesn’t always fare well, often coming home from these encounters with bruises and bloody lacerations.

Bullets fly fast and frequently in this film as well, with at least one character dying from his gory injuries. Another character, frozen with a dousing of liquid nitrogen, has several appendages shot off. Characters are impaled, thrown through walls, and beaten repeatedly. And a young boy is caught in a car engulfed in flames.

While Peter Parker’s life is a far cry from that of billionaire Bruce Wayne who reappears in this summer’s movie The Dark Knight Rises, his man-of-the-streets persona may make him more accessible to audiences than Batman. (With no place to store a cell phone in that form fitting sheath, he is even reduced to using one of the few remaining pay phones in the city. Who knows where he kept his coins?) This hero’s human limitations also motivate fellow New Yorkers to do their part to stop a gigantic lizard that is attacking the city. Though the community cooperation might be commendable, parents will want to listen to their spidey senses before taking young viewers to see this black-and-blue superhero in action.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about The Amazing Spider-Man.

How does guilt motivate Peter? Is guilt always a good thing?

How does Dr. Connor take his desire to improve the life of ailing people to the excess? How can good motivations become misguided?

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Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
PG Violence.
AB PG Violence, Frightening Scenes, Not Recommended For Young Children.
MB 14A Violence, Frightening Scenes, Not Recommended for Young Children.
ON PG Frightening Scenes. Violence, Not Recommended for Young Children.
QC G Not Recommended for Young Children.
NB
NS
NL
PE
PG

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Details on home video releases of The Amazing Spider-Man...

Home Video Notes: The Amazing Spider-Man

Release Date: 9 November 2012

The Amazing Spider-Man releases to home video in the following packages:

The Amazing Spider-Man: Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack:

- Disc 1: 2D Blu-ray feature film

Special Features:

- The Amazing Spider-Man Second Screen App, including interviews, storyboards, alternate takes, costume tests, pre-visualization sequences and more. Allows you to “sling” content from your tablet to the TV.

- Disc 2: 2D Blu-ray

Special Features:

- 90 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Documentaries:Development and Direction, Casting, Costumes, On Location: LA, On Stage: Sony Studios, On Location: NY and Post Production and Release16 Pre-Visualization Sequences.

- Disc 3: DVD of feature film

Special Features:

- Deleted Scenes

- Filmmaker’s Audio Commentary

- The Oscorp Archives - Production Art Gallery

- Stunt Rehearsals

Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack Special Features:

All of the 3-Disc Combo Pack Special Features plus:

Disc 1: 3D Blu-ray

- 3D versions of the film

- 3D 101 with Director Marc Webb

- 3D Image Progression Reel

Disc 2: 2D Blu-ray feature film

Disc 3: 2D Blu-ray featuring 90 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Documentaries

Disc 4: DVD of feature film

Limited Edition Gift Set Special Features:

All of the 4-Disc Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Special Features plus…

- Collectible Amazing Spider-Man Figurine

- Collectible Lizard Figurine

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