Family Watch: Lots of comic-book violence in ‘Thor’

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 - 3:44 pm

Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers


Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some suggestive content

What it’s about: Thor must battle Dark Elves who plan to use a dark force to end the nine worlds as they converge.

The kid attractor factor: Big blond dude with the hammer, beating up other big dudes. And Natalie Portman and Kat Dennings.

Good lessons/ bad lessons: Sometimes, a little treason is justified to ensure the greater good.

Violence: Lots and lots – bashings, throat slashings, stabbings and shootings.

Language: A healthy scattering of profanity, much of it from Kat Dennings.

Sex: Shirtless Thor and the ladies who admire that.

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: Lighter-hearted than most comic book adaptations, suitable for 8-and-up.


Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language

What it’s about: An old man sailing alone around the world is confronted with his mortality after his sailboat starts to sink.

The kid attractor factor: Peril at sea, problem solving when you’re the only one you can count on to save yourself.

Good lessons / bad lessons: As long as there is life, hope is never lost.

Violence: A bloody injury, the threat of drowning.

Language: One epic and justified swear word.

Sex: Not a hint.

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: Young kids might find watching a movie with no dialogue a challenge, but this is certainly suitable for 10-and-up

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