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What parents need to know about 'Ant-Man and The Wasp'

POSTED July 7, 2018 7:39 a.m.
David Clyde/

Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly in Ant-Man and t...

THE ANTHILL — Ever since I saw the original “Ant-Man” with Paul Rudd, I was excited for a sequel.

It was clear back then that “Ant-Man” had a different feel to it by not taking itself too seriously, which was refreshing at the time. There have been about a million Marvel movies since the last “Ant-Man,” but I think the original feel of the first film still comes through intact.

What I was most impressed about with the first film is that it didn’t feel heavy with doom and gloom. It was funny and showed a superhero that was relatable — someone who you could imagine hanging out with after work.

Check out John Clyde's full review of the movie for KSL.com. Below are a few things parents may want to know before sending your kids off to see "Ant-Man and The Wasp."

Violence

Despite the ever-looming potential for unparalleled violence in any superhero movie, Marvel knows their target audience and plays well to the viewers' sensibilities.

“Ant-Man and The Wasp” is a film with a lot of action sequences, a lot of fighting but very little, if any, blood. We see fist fighting, explosions, destruction of property, but all of it manages to stay very tame.

Blood and gore

The gore factor in this film almost does not exist, despite all the opportunities for it to happen.

Marvel is good at pulling punches and not letting viewers see the real-life consequences of some of these action sequences. It would be distracting and out of place at this point to see anything other than what Marvel has chosen to show.

Language

Even language in this film is mild for a Marvel film.

We get our usual dose of mid-level swears thrown into the dialogue, but I’ve heard worse in line to get bagels. The language in this film is not the type of language that is used in derogatory or hateful ways and none of it is sexual or explicit in nature.

Sex and nudity

True to the overall feel and tone of this movie, there is no sexuality. We do see two characters kiss briefly. There are a couple mild sexual innuendos and one scene where we see Paul Rudd in a bathtub naked from the waist up.

Intensity

Since this is a superhero film with good guys fighting bad guys, there is some tension. Throw some explosions and fighting into the mix and things can get a little intense, but that is the point after all.

The tension in this film is what keeps it going. If your children are sensitive to a lot of sound and life-threatening danger in films, this movie could feel a little intense at times.

Ultimately this film is meant to have a fun and fantastic feel to it that probably appeals to a child's sense of imagination more than their sense of dread.

Conclusion

“Ant-Man and The Wasp” is a fun movie with a decent message wrapped in explosions, mild language and some good action sequences.

The film is rated PG-13, but I would say more like a mild PG-13. Depending on your children's particular sensibilities I would think kids a little younger than 13 could easily enjoy this film. Of course, what you decide to take your family to is best left up to your discretion.

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” is rated PG-13 for some sci-fi action violence.

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