Parents' Guide to

Suicide Squad

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

DC's antiheroes disappoint in muddled, violent mess.

Movie PG-13 2016 130 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 87 parent reviews

age 18+

First 20-30 min -R-

I would not let a kid under 18 watch this. Violence is one thing but this feature is shock full of twisted behavior with a good bit of aggressive sexual innuendo thrown in the mix. Women sexualized, mistreated. Good guys vs bad guys is a given but this film takes it to another level. Characters who enjoy killing are portrayed as heroes. It is not obvious what their motivations are; helping the good guys win or just hurting others for the sake of hurting them. The ’good guys’ in control treat those under them disrespectfully and inhumanely.
age 13+

Great Movie!!!

Although this movie has lots of violence and swearing, I think it is a great movie. My 13 year old daughter loved it. I think it has a much deeper meaning and the other reviews make it sound bad. It is funny and very entertaining. I love the view it takes on Harley and Jokers relationship. Because of the violence and language I would say this is great for children 13 or older. This is definitely a dark comedy so if you’re not into that don’t watch it. Honestly though, I think some people really like this movie and some don’t so you just have to find out for yourself if you think it’s good or not. Also this Suicide Squad movie is better than the second one but it is still worth watching. I would also recommend Birds of Prey if you liked this movie.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (87 ):
Kids say (315 ):

Despite the talented cast and Robbie's stand-out performance as Harley Quinn, this antihero story is a disappointment. That's especially apparent when you contrast it with the similarly themed Guardians of the Galaxy. Perhaps it's unfair to compare the relatively newly resurgent DC movie-verse with Marvel's big-screen machine, but in nearly every way that Guardians shone -- lots of humor, straightforward plot, nuanced relationships, emotional investment in characters' back stories -- Suicide Squad flounders. Aside from Deadshot's love of his daughter and Diablo's undeniably tragic story, there's not much about the Squad members to make audiences care whether they live or die. The plot is unnecessarily convoluted, and there are a few too many characters who get short shrift -- like Croc; Boomerang; Flag's mysterious sword-wielding pal, Katana (Karen Fukuhara); and the Enchantress' invulnerable brother.

Plus, the performances are uneven. Davis is perfectly cast as the sneering, hard-nosed antagonist (she may be the boss, but she clearly doesn't care about these criminals), and Robbie is obviously having a blast as the unstable Quinn, who's up for anything but really just wants to be with the Joker. Speaking of the Joker, so much has been reported (and hyped) about Leto's take on the iconic villain that it's utterly disappointing when he ends up as a side villain who takes a back seat to the Enchantress, because Delavingne isn't up to the task. The Enchantress looks like a costumed model trying out new belly dancing moves rather than a formidable figure like Marvel's Scarlet Witch or Phoenix. The cameos by Justice League characters tease more to come from the DC world; let's just hope it's a considerable improvement from this and Batman v Superman.

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