Ant-Man & Wasp

MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW: Is “Ant-Man & the Wasp” OK for Kids?

We were in dire need of a lighthearted Marvel movie after April’s devastating Avengers: Infinity War, so thank goodness Ant-Man and the Wasp are back and bringing the laughs. This time, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lily) are attempting to bring her mother (played by a stunning Michelle Pheiffer) back from the Quantum Realm, with the help of Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). A stranger called Ghost threatens their progress while a sleazy billionaire (Walton Coggins) attempts to steal their technology at every turn. Time is running out to save The Wasp’s Mom, and Ant-Man will risk it all (including his own family-life) to save her.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is brought down by the Quantum Physics jargon that’s constantly thrown around, and a side-story involving Ghost and Hank Pym‘s former colleague (Lawrence Fishburne) never makes much of an impact. You’ll have too much fun to care though, thanks to Michael Peña’s Luis. He’s back as Ant-Man’s business partner and he almost steals the whole movie with that crazy, clueless smile. Peña and Paul Rudd’s eye-winking charm bring an airy, sweetness to Ant-Man and the Wasp, while Evangeline Lily brings the brains and brawn. I had a blast watching this movie and gave it a B+, but is it appropriate for your kids?
The MPAA gave Ant-Man and the Wasp a PG-13 for “some sci-fi action violence,” but this film definitely goes light on that. I don’t recall seeing any blood or even anything of a sexual nature, for that matter. The only thing that stood out to me (as a parent) was the profanity, which was limited and mild. In fact, I think Ant-Man and the Wasp might be the most kid-friendly film Marvel has released since the last Ant-Man. These films might even be a good place to start, if you aren’t sure what Marvel movies are right for your kids.
So YES, I say that Ant-Man and the Wasp is fine for kids who like superheroes, but who might not be ready for the more intense stories (like *OUCH* Infinity War). My 10 and 14-year-old both loved it and are hopelessly in love with Paul Rudd, just like their Mom.
Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theaters July 6th and tickets can be found HERE.

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