Shazam review

MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW: How Young is TOO Young for “Shazam!”

The new Shazam! has been compared to Big and Superman, but I would go with more modern comparisons like Spider-Man: Homecoming and Deadpool (minus the filth). I might even say that Shazam! is DC’s first attempt at a Marvel movie, but I don’t feel like reading all the resulting hate-mail, so scratch that. Instead, I’ll say that Shazam! is one of the most heartfelt and refreshing superhero films from DC yet, and that my daughters and I loved it enough to give it an A. You are probably more interested in what Shazam! is rated though, and whether or not you can take your young kids.
Shazam! is about a 14-year-old who morphs into a full-grown superhero, but it isn’t for all ages. In fact, it’s rated PG-13 by the MPAA for “intense sequences of action, language, and suggestive material.” Yes, there is a great deal of profanity and usually from the mouths of our young stars. There’s also a running joke about Billy Batson’s attempts at adult things, like drinking beer and visiting strip clubs. These acts are met with their own consequences and are never glorified, though they’re extremely funny to watch. Shazam! also offers a surprising amount of violence and some terrifying monsters who embody the Seven Deadly Sins. These guys might be too scary for younger viewers and their tendency to bite off heads might be challenging for any sensitive film-fan.
There’s a running theme of love and acceptance to Shazam! that would benefit any kid, though. It also repeats an idea we’ve heard frequently lately, that anyone can be a hero with the right inspiration and support. I also love that this story is built around a foster home. It shows that family is often where you find it and doesn’t require a traditional setting. That’s why I’m recommending Shazam! to superhero fans of 10 years and up. It will also be fine for any kid who is comfortable with PG-13 material, but parents who aren’t sure should see it first to decide. Don’t worry about the extra trip because you won’t mind seeing Shazam! multiple times!
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