Parents' Guide to

Superman: The Movie

By Ed Grant, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Super-nostalgic superhero adventure still soars.

Movie PG 1978 144 minutes
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age 9+

Based on 20 parent reviews

age 8+

Young me loved it, today’s me was shocked

Of course I saw this as a kid and loved it and I figured it would be fine for my 7 yr old son. It is, kind of, but there was one scene that mortified me (and I’m sure it went over my head as a kid). There’s a scene where Lex Luthors buxom girlfriend fakes unconsciousness in the road to stop a military convoy. Played for laughs, it’s alluded to, strongly, that the Sargent commands his men to form a circle around her with their backs turned so he can violate her. I was shocked. This was considered humorous in 1978 apparently. I am sure my son didn’t understand the innuendo and the campiness of the acting made it fairly obvious this was for laughs, but I was not laughing. I was horrified. Not enough for me to say “don’t watch the movie“ but if any kid does ask what was going on in that scene it could be helpful to be prepared.
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age 6+

Best Superman movie; Theatrical cut is more family-friendly.

There are two cuts: the theatrical (rated G), and the director’s (rated PG). The director’s cut has language, while I don’t recall any in the theatrical (which is also shorter). This is a wonderful film.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (20):
Kids say (54):

Christopher Reeve proves an ideal Superman, with just the right level of steadfast simplicity. But the producers' emphasis on larger-than-life moviemaking (they won a Special Achievement Oscar for visual effects) results in a movie that drags in parts. The quartet of writers -- who individually had dreamt up the stories of The Godfather and Bonnie and Clyde -- concocted an overlong spectacle that spends an inordinate amount of time recounting Superman's origin, then fragments into episodic crime-fighting vignettes.

Younger viewers may not have the patience to wait through the first third of Superman: The Movie before getting a glimpse of Superman's famous costume, and the picture is more than half over before he begins fighting crime in Metropolis. Thus, the movie will appeal primarily to adults looking to relive their youth by watching a 1970s-style blockbuster.

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