A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Movie champions strong womanhood, of not being defined by restrictive societal gender roles, and being capable of doing anything men can do, and often better.
Positive Role Models
Wonder Woman herself has been an icon of brave, strong, heroic girlhood for generations, and nothing here contradicts that. Steve, Wonder Woman's love interest, is introduced as a sort of womanizing rascal, but he turns out okay, even as he introduces swearing to the Amazons. One Amazon who favors reading and intellect instead of prowess in battle provides key information that saves the tribe. On the other hand, a different Amazon betrays the group in the name of love, with dialogue indicating that it was a girl thing.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent "cartoon violence," taken to more-severe-than-usual levels by actual deaths, blood flowing, and (silhouetted) decapitations. Combat of all sorts, from fist-fighting and body-slamming wrestling and smashing, to gunfire, warplane dogfights with missiles, hails of arrows, lightning bolts, swordplay, etc. An onslaught by zombies, some in gruesome stages of decay. Fatalities include an occult human sacrifice.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some cleavage-baring and skimpy superheroine outfits. A brief scene of Amazons bathing topless (long, flowing hair covers the super-busts). Fleeting, jokey references to prostitution and pick-up lines. Wonder Woman is complimented on her "nice rack." Hippolyta and Ares exchange one-liners about their sex lives when they were lovers.
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"Crap" used (and defined) as a swear word. The Amazons scorn such vulgarity, but Wonder Woman ultimately adopts it. While on a mission, a group of fighter pilots discuss the "pucker factor" of the mission.
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Products & Purchases
Tie-in to vast quantities of DCU-related merchandise.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Steve and Diana binge drink tequila shots in a bar. His attempt to get Diana/Wonder Woman drunk ends with a declaration that her mighty all-female tribe are also champion drinkers.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that though Wonder Woman derives from a vintage comic-book character, the script is pretty up-to-date with the violence, including beatings, stabbings, decapitations, and blood flowing from a human sacrifice. Sexually suggestive lines include references to prostitution, seduction, and Wonder Woman's "rack." A brief scene of Amazons bathing topless (long, flowing hair covers their busts). Some Amazon women are shown skimpily clad or bathing. "Crap" is uttered (and treated) like an obscenity. Viewers with little knowledge of Greek mythology might be confused about fine details; ultra-religious households might be put off by the trappings of pre-Christian pagan worship. After returning a male fighter pilot back to Earth, the pilot tries to get Diana drunk on tequila as a means to seduce her; she outdrinks him, and over the course of the movie, he learns to outgrow his boorish womanizing behavior. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Like the Amazon archers themselves, this movie hits it targets more often than not, despite the familiarly basic TV-level animation. While a Wonder Woman blockbuster lingered on Hollywood's drawing-boards, this engaging, action-crammed animated feature reached the streaming marketplace first. Some sequences, like a jet dogfight, are truly kinetic and exciting, and the script puts modern wit, battle-of-the-sexes dialogue, and feminism into a lively cauldron with the ancient Greek myth -- well, DC Comics' selective notion of it anyway.
Setting Wonder Woman against a basically all-powerful god is bit of a stretch, even by the wobbly logic of superhero antics, and Aries is a one-dimensional baddie. But chauvinist Steve gets a zinger with his line that a nice-guy god would probably never even have a girlfriend, as Aries does. A sub-theme proposes that the self-reliant Amazon women go wrong by aspiring to remain chaste and aloof from romantic love; interestingly, the novelization (but not the movie) of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith claims the Jedi Knights make the same mistake.
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