Parents' Guide to

Shazam! Fury of the Gods

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Funny superhero sequel has action violence, language.

Movie PG-13 2023 130 minutes
Shazam! Fury of the Gods Movie Poster: Zachary Levi is center frame turned to the side in his red and gold suit while a gold light shines behind him

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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 15 parent reviews

age 18+

Not family friendly. Disturbing “suicide” scene. Unnecessary to movie plot.

I feel like more attention should be brought to the incredibly disturbing scene of a teacher (who in a previous scene helps one of the characters ward off bullies), gets hypnotized into jumping off a building to his (audible) death with one of the villains saying “exploding like a grape”. An unnecessary scene in a movie that’s supposed to be family friendly. This was disturbing to my husband and I as adults and should not be something any adolescent or child sees portrayed AS NO BIG DEAL. Other than one of the characters being upset for 30 seconds, they move on happily to other scenes and end the movie without ever readdressing such an unbelievably terrible death. Why not bring HIM back at the end at least. We have so much violence these days including in schools including highest suicide rates to date and kids being convinced by others to kill themselves. Killing a teacher like it’s no big deal (likely whispering “kill yourself” to him) is not something to sit lightly in a child or adolescent’s subconscious as no big deal (as portrayed in the movie). This ruined the movie for my husband and I. Thankfully we saw it first without our son. I wouldn’t recommend this movie for any age.
age 12+

Cool

Shazam! Furry of the Gods is the sequel to the first Shazam! movie. Not surprisingly, the movie does feature intense violence including crashes, explosions, fighting etc. and there are also dragons, wild unicorns (that attack in the beginning), and gods enslave humans by turning them into zombie/Greek mythology themed creatures; there's also quite a bit of brand mentioning such as skittles and Gatorade. On the whole, I loved this movie, it did have one or two jokes that I laughed quite a lot, but it wasn't perfect: for example the acting could've been a bit better as well as the plot because it had no twist. Still, a great movie!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (15 ):
Kids say (21 ):

This hilarious sequel proves that Shazam is the most exuberantly empowering superhero for kids in the current DC Universe. The magic of superhero comics has always been inspiring readers to see themselves as heroes, something that's often lost in the over-musclebound, sometimes too serious, dark superhero cinematic landscape (especially where DC is concerned). But Shazam! Fury of the Gods creates the perfect canvas for that flight of imagination by helping kids from many walks of life and underrepresented groups see themselves on screen. Plus, by showing the Shazamily kids in their "adult" state, it offers a subtle "it gets better" message for any kids watching who might be unhappy with their current state of being. When the core message is delivered in the dialogue -- "the most powerful thing about you is you" -- it gets a humorous eyeroll from Djimon Hounsou's Wizard (yes, he's somehow still alive even though he turned to dust in the first film). But as the story bears out, it's a phenomenal message for these heroes -- and young viewers.

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