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Spider-Man: Homecoming

By Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Diverse, entertaining reboot has some language, violence.

Movie PG-13 2017 130 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 122 parent reviews

age 11+

Hilarious To See Parents Freaking Out

I am really enjoying seeing adult reviews on this. I see parents rating this at 16+, and complaining that the word porn is referenced. I think that parents need to get a couple things straight here. 1) Parents in general, as I have seen many times, are way too overprotective. Kids will not necessarily start cursing at home just because a movie has the S word in it. 2) I have said this a million times, and I will say it again. Just because a movie is about superheroes, does NOT mean it is suitable for young children. Superheroes are not all perfect, and if any of these "overprotective" parents were ever to read some Marvel comics, they would probably die from a heart attack. Ironically, the thing here is that this movie is ABSOLUTELY for kids. Or at least, the closest Marvel movies will get to being kid friendly. If your kid can't handle a little action and light language, don't take them! And 3) Parents need to stop acting like the word porn is something their children should not ever hear. Chances are, they have already heard the word, and even if they haven't, its better they learn what it means now from a parent, than later from their friends at school. As for the movie itself though, I would say it was simply alright. Homecoming is funny, has good effects, and has a decent cast too. Personally, I always liked Garfield the best, but I will admit that Holland is the most comic-accurate Spidey. I would say this movie is for 11+ only because it does have light language and lots of comic style action/violence. But overall, it is a family movie for sure. I would recommend this film, especially to Marvel fans.
age 15+

Bad Language. Unsuitable for young kids.

I took my kids to see this movie . I was extremely upset to say the least. This is supposed to be a Spiderman movie for the whole family. Plenty of cursing in the movie, which was extremely disappointing. The movie itself is really good, and would've been better without the bad language. I don't understand Hollywood. I can't even take my kids to see Marvel movies anymore. What a crying shame!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (122 ):
Kids say (356 ):

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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