Box Office Mom: The Amazing Spider-Man

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Rating: 4 out of 5 buckets.

Release Date: June 3, 2012

MPAA Rating: PG13

Best Age Group: 10+

Sexual Content: Mild

Violent Content: Excessive

Crude or Profane Language: Mild

Drugs and Alcohol Content: None

Will Kids Like It? Yes

"Poor Peter Parker," that's what villain Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard (Rhys Ifans) says as he attempts to kill Peter, also known as Spider-Man! This is the story about Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), a troubled teenager who was abandoned by his parents, and raised by his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). When Peter finds his father's mysterious briefcase, he discovers the secrets of his father's bizarre past and he begins to understand his parents' disappearance. Information in the briefcase leads him to the lab of Dr. Connor's, his father's former partner, which leads him to one life-changing bite...a spider bite. The transformation begins as Peter Parker turns into Spider-Man! The Amazing Spider-Man is a suspenseful action/adventure movie, one that pre-teens and up will enjoy. 

Not only is this an action packed movie, but there are some wonderful life lessons for teenagers woven through the film. When Peter plays a heartwarming voicemail from his uncle, Uncle Ben states, "With great power comes a great responsibility." Ben insists that his nephew is a hero; he also says that we all have certain gifts, and to use them wisely.
When Peter forgets to pick up his Aunt from work, Uncle Ben demands an apology, and insists that Peter show respect to his Aunt May. Uncle Ben also gives Peter many well-deserved lectures when he acts up. This could spark some great parent/child conversations!
It was nice to see Peter's transformation from a troubled teenager, to a caring helpful person; wanting to do the right thing. There was a great scene when Spider-Man rescued a little boy trapped in a car.
Peter promises his girlfriend's father that he'll stay away from her, however later he implies that he won't keep that promise.
Young kids may get scared as the villain is a creepy monster; half-human, half-reptile.
Two likeable character's die, which may be disturbing to kids.
The beginning is a little slow as the film explains the origin of Spider-Man; my 14 year-old got a little bored.

Sexual Content: Mild
• Peter and his girlfriend kiss several times; sometime passionately.
• Peter sneaks into his girlfriend's bedroom.
• Spider-Man accidentally rips off a girl's shirt, she's shown only wearing a bra.

Violent Content: Excessive
• Dr. Connor's transforms into a lizard, a very painful process, which was disturbing to see.
• There are several fights amongst teenagers; especially with the school bully.
• There are several gunshots and fights amongst the evil Lizard, Spider-Man and thugs on the street.
• We see character's bleeding from gun shots, we also see open wounds as a result of brutal fights.

Crude or Profane Language: Mild
• "A--," "d--n," and "h--," are said, though not a lot.

Drugs and Alcohol Content: None
Will Kids Like It: Yes
Overall this is a fun action packed film with some great lessons. Parents need to be aware of the excessive violence and some disturbing content as two character's die. Depending on the child this film is appropriate for kids ages 10 and up.


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