Superman: The Movie

Movie review by Ed Grant, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Super-nostalgic superhero adventure still soars.

PG 1978 144 minutes

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 20 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 55 reviews

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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 12+

Oh Man!

If you had not seen Superman 1978 do it now, and there are many versions of this if you have 3 hours. We can all relate to both Clark Kent and his everyday friends especially like me as a clumsy nerdy office worker. Don´t count me in as a DC superfan as there are others who watches Teen Titans, Smallville religious and more unlike me. Lots of classic action, some out of context and billions of DC things like comics, toys and more.

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Too much violence
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