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Spider-Man: Far from Home

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Fun, fast-paced sequel has some dark, dizzying violence.

Movie PG-13 2019 129 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 56 parent reviews

age 12+

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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age 11+

Once again...here comes fun!

A fun ride and an even funner villain. Gyllenhaal wows and is clearly having a great time with his role and fills up the screen appropriately with Tony Stark out of the picture. Holland is his usual brilliant Spider-Man self and MJ is a breath of fresh air. Her character arc feels like the most realistic heroine yet. The twist at the end of Fury and María not necessarily being who we think they are made me want to watch the film all over again to see if I could "catch it." A lovely summer blockbuster and a worthy phase 3 ending...bring on phase 4!
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (56 ):
Kids say (205 ):

Simultaneously humorous and heartfelt, entertaining and angsty, this action-packed sequel is an exploration of Peter Parker's grief and moving on in a post-Endgame world. The movie focuses on 16-year-old Peter's ongoing struggle to figure out his place as either the "friendly neighborhood Spider-Man" or the next Iron Man -- i.e., superhero on a global scale. Holland is arguably the most comics-faithful version of Spidey, an awkward Queens teen who's often unsure of himself. Still coming to grips with the death of Tony Stark, the dissolution of the Avengers, and the new normal in which some of his former peers are five years older while he's still the same age, Peter craves normalcy and is more concerned with his growing feelings for MJ than answering a phone call from the intimidating Fury. Director Jon Watts, working from a script by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, creates a teen school-trip comedy (with veteran comedians J.B. Smoove and Martin Starr playing the teens' science teacher chaperones) as the framing story for a much higher-concept superhero tale. Gyllenhaal is perfectly cast as Beck/Mysterio, a kind but enigmatic visitor from a parallel universe who seemingly instantly fills a much-needed mentor role in Peter's life.

Some of the battle scenes may be too dizzying and video game-like for some viewers, although that could appeal to younger audiences. The fight sequences are exciting, but what works best in this installment are the characterizations, the teen flick aspects, and the chemistry between Holland and Zendaya. There's a little too much of Favreau's Happy here; really, it's Peter and the other teens -- especially Ned and MJ -- who make this series lovable. Tony Revolori, Angourie Rice, and Remy Hii all stand out in their supporting roles (as Peter's frenemy, Ned's girlfriend, and Peter's rival for MJ's attention, respectively). Let's hope the next film moves completely on from referencing Stark and the original Avengers and allows Spider-Man to take the real lead with those in the know about his identity.

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