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Spider-Man: Far from Home

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Fun, fast-paced sequel has some dark, dizzying violence.
  • PG-13
  • 2019
  • 129 minutes
 Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 43 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Spider-Man's core message continues to be "With great power comes great responsibility." Peter takes that seriously, looking for ways to keep family and friends safe -- complete strangers, too. Other messages include balancing personal needs and desires with good you can do for greater community; believing in yourself and your abilities; allowing yourself to grieve those you've lost; communicating with others to avoid misunderstanding or danger, or even to confess a crush. Courage, humility, perseverance are also themes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Peter is courageous, generous, kind; he's willing to put himself in danger to save friends, strangers. He's also still a teenager who makes impulsive decisions and mistakes, like when he accidentally sets EDITH on a classmate or gives away something precious before completely thinking it through. Ned is a supportive, loyal best friend. Happy does his best to be available and be somewhat of a mentor to Peter. MJ is perceptive, observant. The villain isn't what he initially seems; he's manipulative, vindictive, theatrical, egomaniacal. Most female characters (Aunt May, MJ, Maria, Betty) remain in important but nonetheless supporting roles. Peter's high school/peer group is realistically diverse; his friends and classmates represent wide range of races, body types.

Violence

Mass destruction during Elementals battle sequences, including frightening moments when it looks like characters could fall to their deaths. Peter/Spider-Man is routinely hurt, thrown around, shot at; in one case, hit by a train. Innocent passersby are hurt by collapsing buildings, super-strong water/fire/air monsters. Drones are used to hunt and fire at people. A person is struck by a tranquilizer dart. Nick Fury waves his gun at Peter and the door of his hotel room. Some scenes of violence aren't what they seem. It looks like one character is shot, and another one actually is. Peter gets stitches, is moderately injured. In a frightening vision, Peter imagines his dead superhero friend as a corpse emerging from the ground.

Sex

Flirting, a few quick kisses. Peter is shown shirtless a couple of times. In one scene, he's changing in front of a female S.H.I.E.L.D. agent; a student walks in, misinterprets situation. Another time, Peter changes in same room as MJ, who's facing away at first but sort of sneaks a look. Happy jokes about a "pay-per-view movie" without a title that Peter once ordered at a hotel (adult film joke that may go over younger viewers' heads). A rumor that Peter is a "male escort."

Language

Occasional strong language includes "dorks," "d--kwad," "bulls--t," "bitch," "shut up," "boozy man child," "jerk," "ass," "damn," "badass," "stupid," "loser," "oh my God," and one cut-off "what the f--k."

Consumerism

Several Audi cars, a Volvo, and several Sony electronics (phones, computers, headphones). Getty Images. Film is tied into vast merchandising/licensing efforts surrounding Marvel Comics.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Peter reminds Mysterio that he isn't 21 and therefore can't join him for an alcoholic drink. Adults around Peter drink at a pub. An underage young man tries to drink his free drink while traveling in first class, but he's stopped.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Spider-Man: Far from Home is the first post-Avengers: Endgame movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; it works as both an epilogue to that saga and as a bridge to future films. Starring Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, the tween-friendly sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming -- which takes place on a high school trip to Europe -- deals with the aftermath of the Big Snap and other major losses, but it's also fun and comical. Expect a bit more action violence than in Homecoming, even accounting for eventual twists and turns that reveal that not everything (including the violence) is what it seems. And some of the video game-like battle scenes are literally dizzying. Characters are injured and shot at, there's massive destruction (much caused by super-strong water/fire/air monsters), and Spider-Man is so wounded that he looks battered and requires medical attention. Occasional strong language includes "d--kwad," "bulls--t," "bitch," and one cut-off "what the f--k." There's a jokey reference to a pay-per-view adult movie that many kids will miss, and Peter is shirtless and changes in a few scenes. Romance includes flirting, lots of discussion about liking someone/dating, and some hand-holding and a few brief kisses. The cast is realistically diverse for a New York City high school and includes characters of various backgrounds and sizes. As with all superhero movies, the themes focus on power and responsibility, leadership, courage, confidence, perseverance, and rising up to face your destiny.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byNatasha247 June 30, 2019

Really good for teens

This title is an inspiring film for teenagers. My kids loved it! It may not be suitable for younger viewers because of some violence and language. But for tween... Continue reading
Parent Written byGeekMom81 July 3, 2019

This Comic loving mom approves!

The sexual jokes went over my 10 year old daughters head, she thought the flirting and pants down was funny and in now way sexual. Violence was typical of Marve... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old July 1, 2019

Depends on maturity and what the guardians think

In my opinion this all depends on the maturity of the person like I watched it and did not notice most of the swearing and mature stuff until someone pointed th... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byMystic Hugo July 1, 2019

Another Marvel-ous Masterpiece

Spider-Man: Far From Home was a really interesting movie. Practically none of my predictions came true or if they did, it was unlike what I had imagined. The fi... Continue reading

What's the story?

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME takes place after the events of Avengers: EndgamePeter Parker (Tom Holland) returns to his magnet New York high school with his best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon), crush MJ (Zendaya), and other students in the post-"Blip" (i.e., Thanos' Big Snap) world. As Peter and his pals prepare for a school trip to Europe, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), and what's left of S.H.I.E.L.D. investigate a bizarre "storm with a face" that's fought by Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal), a mysterious human from a parallel universe who's later dubbed Mysterio. Before Peter's European trip, Happy (Jon Favreau) gives him a special inheritance from the late Tony Stark: command of EDITH, billion-dollar tech embedded in a pair of sunglasses. While in Venice, Fury tracks Peter down and commands him to help Mysterio fight the Elementals (sentient natural-disaster villains). All Peter really wants is to confess his love to MJ and try to move forward as a "friendly neighborhood" superhero after all of the Endgame drama -- so he relinquishes control of EDITH and ends up in bigger trouble than he ever imagined.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in Spider-Man: Far from Home. How does it compare to the violence in Spider-Man: Homecoming? What do you think of the video game-like aspects of it?

  • What did you think of the way the movie explained its place in post-Endgame society? Did it help explain the situation and how the movie fits in with the other Marvel Cinematic Universe films?

  • What would you want to see in another Spider-Man sequel? For those familiar with the previous Spider-Man installments: Which Spider-Man series is your favorite? How about which Spider-Man actor, and why?

  • Who are the role models in Spider-Man: Far from Home? In addition to courage, what other character strengths do they display? How about humility? What does Peter learn about himself and his role as a superhero?

  • What do you think the line "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown" means? It's taken from Shakespeare's Henry IV. How are duty and responsibility ongoing themes in superhero movies -- but particularly Spider-Man stories?

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