Bird Box Barcelona parents guide

Bird Box Barcelona Parent Guide

This post-apocalyptic leans into the horror genre but eschews gory violence and jump scares.

Overall C-

Netflix: When the world's population is decimated by mysterious creatures that kill by being seen, a man in Barcelona makes uneasy alliances with other survivors in an attempt to survive.

Release date July 14, 2023

Violence C
Sexual Content A
Profanity D
Substance Use A

Why is Bird Box Barcelona rated TV-MA? The MPAA rated Bird Box Barcelona TV-MA for language, suicide, and violence.

Run Time: 110 minutes

Parent Movie Review

The earth has been invaded by aliens, the sight of whom drives most people to kill themselves. Now Sebastian (Mario Casas) wanders the desolate city of Barcelona, occasionally finding other survivors. Some are friendly and just want to live in peace, while others attack any person they find and force them to observe the aliens. After learning of a potential safe haven for survivors, Sebastian joins a small group for the perilous journey across the city.

I did not see the original Bird Box, but I did read the Wikipedia plot summary, so I think I’m up to speed. The good news is that you do not need to watch the original to understand Barcelona. It shares the same post-apocalyptic event, but otherwise stands completely on its own. The premise itself is interesting for a horror sci-fi. By never showing the audience the creatures, the film is able to maintain a sense of tension and mystery throughout its runtime. Characters also bring up different theories about the creatures, giving viewers room for interpretation. There is a twist that I saw coming, but it is still effective, albeit predictable.

Despite being a solid thriller that leans into the horror genre without too much gore and no jump scares, there is something hollow about the film as a whole. The characters are all just a little underdeveloped and the plot doesn’t always advance organically. I would not say this is a standout movie, but it’s not bad either. Bird Box Barcelona is a perfectly fine way to spend a little over 90 minutes for adult fans of the genre.

That said, the plot mostly revolves around masses of people committing suicide, so this is in no way a good choice for young or sensitive audiences. There are also some other instances of violence as well as a fair amount of swearing, including twenty f-bombs. I do believe there is an audience that will enjoy this film, but it’s not a wide one.

Directed by David Pastor, Alex Pastor. Starring Georgina Campbell, Mario Casas, Diego Calva. Running time: 110 minutes. Theatrical release July 14, 2023. Updated

Watch the trailer for Bird Box Barcelona

Bird Box Barcelona
Rating & Content Info

Why is Bird Box Barcelona rated TV-MA? Bird Box Barcelona is rated TV-MA by the MPAA for language, suicide, and violence.

Violence: People are seen committing suicide in various ways. Dead bodies are visible throughout. A man is beat up. A man is stabbed through the abdomen with an iron bar.
Sexual Content: An adult couple kiss.
Profanity: The script contains twenty sexual expletives along with about seven mild to moderate profanities and seven of terms of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: None.

Page last updated

Bird Box Barcelona Parents' Guide

How does Sebastian’s grief affect his choices as he tries to survive? How does he begin to heal that grief and how does it affect how he interacts with others?

Home Video

Related home video titles:

A Quiet Place is set in a post-apocalyptic world where alien invaders find human victims by sound. This PG-13 story follows a family of five, as they try to live in complete silence to keep themselves safe. But kids will be kids, and a new baby is on the way…

Linguists turn out to be the key in learning to understand alien invaders in Arrival.

If you want to lean hard into the horror side of alien invasion stories, you should try The Thing, a story which imagines what would happen if an alien got loose in a science station on Antarctica..

It doesn’t spill into horror but The Vast of Night provides plenty of non-stop tension and a startling ending.

If you like lots of action with your alien adventures, you can watch The 5th Wave, The Tomorrow War, Independence Day, or War of the Worlds. Adventure mixes with comedy as government agents hunt aliens in Men in Black.

More family-friendly tales about aliens include Race to Witch Mountain, Aliens in the Attic, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Ender’s Game, The Host, or The Lego Movie 2:The Second Part.