A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Spider-Man's core message has always been, "With great power comes great responsibility"; Peter takes that seriously, looking for ways to help his community and putting himself in danger to save others. Friends and family are always there for you, but you shouldn't do the wrong thing in their name. Your true character/measure of worth is who you are on the inside, not what you wear/use on the outside. Communication is important to avoid misunderstanding and even danger. Courage and perseverance are themes.
Positive Role Models
Peter wants nothing more than to use his powers to help people; that said, he can be impatient, getting into danger before thinking things through. Tony means well and wants to keep Peter safe, but for a long time he doesn't listen to his young protege, which contributes to much of the trouble Peter finds himself in. May loves Peter, but she does drive him and his friend to a big party where it's implied that teens drink. Peter's Queens, NY, high school is realistically diverse; his friends, classmates, and teachers represent a wide range of races and body types. Cool kids are members of Academic Decathlon. Female characters are in supporting roles; they're portrayed positively but don't do a whole lot.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent peril and explosive action violence; the bad guys make, sell, and use extremely destructive weapons to blow things up and abruptly disintegrate a character. Peter and Toomes confront each other several times; Peter is dropped from heights, bashed around, and buried in rubble; Toomes threatens Peter and everyone he loves. Teens in peril in a damaged elevator atop the Washington Monument. Ferry splits in half; passengers panic, scream, and are in danger. A plane crashes, narrowly avoiding buildings; fiery debris is scattered on a beach. Peter is dragged by a van; later, a wild car ride ends in a crash. Fights/tense stand-offs; some punching. Guns brandished in anger/as threats. Peter gets in skirmishes with petty crooks. Aftermath of the Battle of New York (from The Avengers) includes crumbled, damaged buildings. Behind-the-scenes glimpses of fights from Captain America: Civil War.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teenage crushes/flirting. One joking reference to porn. A few suggestive comments made to/about May (i.e. "hot Italian woman"). Peter shown shirtless/in his boxers a couple of times. Some form-fitting outfits/swimsuits. Teen girls play a round of "F, marry, kill." Crude reference to "screwing the pooch." Adult characters kiss.
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Regular but not constant use of words including "s--t," "bulls--t," "damn," "bastard," "hell," "a--hole," "bada--," "friggin'," "screwed," "dumbass," "jerk," "crap," "penis," "lame," "loser," "idiot," "stupid," "sucks," "oh my God" (as an exclamation). One memorable exclamation of "What the fu--" (the word isn't completed). Middle-finger gesture.
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Products & Purchases
Smartphones used. Car brands, including Jaguar and Audi. NASA logo. YouTube. Lots of merchandising tie-ins offscreen.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Party where underage teens hold red Solo cups; never clear exactly what's in them, but drinking is implied. May has a beer at dinner. Peter is offered a drink but refuses because he's not old enough.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Spider-Man: Homecoming is a fun, tween-friendly take on one of Marvel's most enduringly popular characters. Starring an actual teen (Tom Holland) as web-slinging high schooler Peter Parker, its spirit is very much in line with the original comics. While there's no shortage of peril and action violence, it's not as unrelenting or large-scale as in many of the other Marvel movies. Death is minimal (a supporting character is disintegrated), and even sequences like that in which a ferry boat splits in half, causing panic and mayhem, aren't too scary. Spidey does get in brawls with the main villain in which he's bashed, buried in rubble, and dropped from heights, and there are some explosions and fiery crashes (including a plane strewn along a beach). There's a bit more salty language than you might expect (including "s--t," "bastard," "dumba--," and more), but it's not constant. Teens flirt, and adults kiss and make a few suggestive comments. There's one jokey reference to porn, and Peter is shown shirtless a couple of times. A house party scene shows teens holding red cups (the contents are unspecified). As always with Spider-Man, there are messages about power and responsibility, finding strength within yourself, being brave, and persevering. And the cast is impressively, realistically diverse; Peter's friends, classmates, and teachers represent a wide range of races and body types. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Clever, funny, and true to the Spider-Man spirit, this take on everyone's favorite web-slinger is thoroughly entertaining. The world was understandably skeptical of yet another Spidey reboot, but in this case, it was the right call. Even more than the Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield takes on the wall crawler -- as good as those were -- Spider-Man: Homecoming really captures the tone of the original comics. A large part of that is thanks to the fact that, for the first time on the big screen, Peter is being played by an actual teenager. Holland is believably eager, gawky, and geeky as Peter, who's almost as excited to work on Ned's Lego Death Star as he is to fight bad guys. Also, because it's (mercifully) not an origin story, director Jon Watts can get right to the action.
It's not a perfect film; the plot doesn't always have a totally clear trajectory, and there's no real fall-out (other than Tony Stark's punishment) for the fact that half of the scrapes Peter/Spidey gets into are, frankly, his own fault. But it's so fresh and relatable that it doesn't matter. It's great to see such a diverse group of teens playing Peter's friends and classmates; in addition to Batalon, Laura Harrier and Zendaya are stand-outs as, respectively, Peter's crush and a laconic, enigmatic classmate. And while Tony and Peter's lack of communication/mutual frustration brings to mind Harry's relationship with Professor Dumbledore during some of the Harry Potter saga, their dynamic brings something new and powerful to the Marvel-verse as well: true mentorship.
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