Spider-Man: Far From Home Parent Guide
The predictable plot doesn't make this fun, action-packed family movie any less enjoyable. But it does make bathroom breaks easier.
Parent Movie Review
After the events of Avengers: Endgame, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) finds himself busier than ever before. With the loss of so many Avengers in the battle against Thanos, Spider-Man has to step up to battle emerging threats. Peter sees an upcoming class trip to Europe as a welcome excuse to unwind and hang up the suit for a little while. Unfortunately for him, his arrival in Europe coincides with a new problem: huge monsters called Elementals which could destroy everything. With the help of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and the mysterious Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal), Peter will have to find time for his own plans while saving the world.
This film does a surprisingly good job balancing the emotionally heavy consequences of Endgame with the typically lighthearted tone of previous Spider-Man films. Peter is forced into difficult situations and emotionally complicated places; fortunately, the movie retains its good humor and keeps the characters it introduced in Spider-Man: Homecoming. That’s a tricky juggling act, but the natural chemistry between the cast members goes a long way in keeping all those balls in the air.
The biggest downside to this fun summer film is its predictability. Director Jon Watts is not spinning a complex narrative web: anyone who’s seen the trailer can predict the plot with a fair degree of accuracy. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it does mean you can take a bathroom break whenever you want without worrying about losing the plot. (Although you do risk missing one of this movie’s many jokes.)
The content concerns are exactly what you’d expect from a superhero flick – lots of action violence - but this film feels a lot milder than some others. Certainly Endgame pushed the PG-13 envelope as far as it could with some messy deaths, but even compared to Captain Marvel or Thor: Ragnarok, Spider-Man: Far From Home stacks up well as a surprisingly family-friendly entertainment option. One scene of intense and frightening imagery will deter younger viewers, but by and large this is not a terribly difficult film to recommend for teens and older kids.
Much like its titular character, Spider-Man: Far from Home was handed a difficult bill after Endgame, and much like Peter Parker, the film did a good job of staying true to its own style while incorporating the larger themes of its predecessor. In my opinion, Tom Holland is the best live action Spider-Man we’ve seen yet, and he keeps bringing the kind, considerate, and concerned kid that Peter Parker needs to be to the screen in a big way. Fans of the genre will definitely not want to miss this entry in the MCU, but a quick look at the box office revenue for other films in the franchise assures me that they will.Directed by Jon Watts. Starring Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Zendaya.. Running time: 129 minutes. Theatrical release July 2, 2019. Updated September 30, 2019
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Spider-Man: Far From Home
Rating & Content Info
Why is Spider-Man: Far From Home rated PG-13? Spider-Man: Far From Home is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments
Violence: This film contains the typical superhero film violence: characters being punched, kicked, and otherwise thrown around. Many characters are shot at with bullets, cars, compressed air, fire, water, and large rocks. An individual is shot with a tranquilizer dart. Someone is hit by a train. A person is shown getting stitches, although the wound is not visible. One scene includes a frightening image of a half-decayed body in a superhero suit.
Sexual Content: No sexual content is shown in the film. On character briefly mentions a Pay-Per-View “adult film”, but in no more detail than that.
Profanity: This film contains two moderate profanities, three mild profanities, and a few terms of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: One adult character is shown drinking socially in a bar. One underage character is shown trying to obtain alcohol but is quickly stopped.
Page last updated September 30, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home Parents' Guide
Peter is struggling with the choice between his superhero life and his personal life. How would you choose? Do you think Peter made the right choice? What responsibilities do superheroes have to use their powers, if any? Do they also have the right to a “normal” life?
Peter also struggles with the legacy left by Tony Stark. How does he deal with this loss? What mistakes does he make in his attempt to fill Iron Man’s shoes? Where does he succeed?
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