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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Superhero comedy is charming, with some scary/violent parts.

Movie PG-13 2019 132 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 176 parent reviews

age 12+

Great to watch and rewatch!

A delightful film about how superhero movies are supposed to make you feel when you strip back the CGI and the explosions. A film that doesn't take itself too seriously except in the message department. A villain who has been hurt repeatedly. A bit more violent than I first expected, but a tight script and wonderful moments of fun. This film definitely brings fun back to the superhero genre, not brooding and not talking about the fate of the world...explicitly. A film about found family and complex decisions. Worth watching and rewatching.
3 people found this helpful.
age 7+

For KIds

Shazam is so appropriate. i took my seven and eight year old's to watch it in the cinema. my seven year old has anxiety and is easily frighted, and loves Shazam. There is nothing inappropriate at all. the demons are not even scary. my seven year old person's friend wanted to watch it, but couldn't because of the overrated raiting.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (176):
Kids say (203):

This refreshingly delightful, lighthearted entry in the DC Extended Universe has enough charm for the whole family thanks to standout performances, broad humor, and positive messages. Considering the angst of most previous DC-based thrillers, this one is downright adorable, despite occasional moments of darkness. Angel and Grazer have a brotherly chemistry that Levi replicates with Grazer when he's Shazam. The storyline offers a rare look at a loving, stable foster family that consists of encouraging parents Rosa (Marta Milans) and Victor Vasquez (Cooper Andrews) and a diverse house full of kids, from college-bound senior Mary (Grace Fulton) and gaming enthusiast Eugene (Ian Chen) to quiet Pedro (Jovan Armand) and adoring/adorable young Darla (Faithe Herman). Billy, who resents being a foster kid, may not see how amazing this family is, but audiences will.

Strong makes Sivana a formidable antagonist who has family issues of his own. His backstory somewhat humanizes him, even as his present-day actions show off his ruthless, power-hungry nature. With the exception of Envy, the Seven Deadly Sins aren't dwelled upon for their characteristics and are just grotesque monsters unleashed by Sivana. There's a climactic battle, of course, but this is no tear-jerking story; it's an uplifting one. Billy and Freddy learn what Shazam is capable of and why a supportive family is the most valuable superpower of all. When the foster siblings unite to take on bullies, they can't be defeated, and that's a happy message indeed.

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