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Parent Guide to Avengers: Age of Ultron

We attended a screening as a guest of Disney
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If you have kids in your house, then I’m pretty positive that you know about Avengers: Age of Ultron opening in theaters today. My son and his friends purchased their tickets online almost a week ago so they could guarantee a chance to see it together on opening night. If you’re a parent with younger children then I’m sure you’ve been asking around…” is this movie is a good fit for my child?” I always encourage parents who might question whether a film is a good fit for their child to go preview it first, and then make the decision on whether to bring them.

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I watched the movie with my 8, 11, and 12-year-old child. My 12-year-old loved the film so much that he didn’t even want to leave his seat for a bathroom break. Throughout the film, he was cheering, clapping and grunting. I found myself constantly learning over to tell him, “Shhh,” but then noticed that almost every teenage boy in the theater was doing the same thing.

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I was surprised by my daughter’s reaction. She is 250% a “girly girl,” and I had no idea that she thought superheroes were cool until reading her review of the film. There are a lot of great women superheroes in the film that make a great role model for young pre-teen girls to look up to in the film.

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Then there was my eight-year-old son. Yes, there were scenes where he had to close his eyes but that is to be expected in any superhero or action movie when taking children under the age of 10 to go see. None of the “scary” scenes were too scary for him to handle, and I caught him reenacting some scenes from the film with his Lego guys later on in the week. Would I take him to go see the movie again – absolutely! I recommend parents with children under the age of 10 years to use their discretion when deciding to take their kids to see the film.

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What is the rating? The film is rated PG-13. Foul language is always a concern for parents when taking their children to see a PG-13 film. In this day in age, our kids hear bad language when dining in restaurants, shopping in stores, and unfortunately even sometimes on the playground. It is not something that we can completely protect our children from being exposed to hearing. The film approached it perfectly by having the characters make comments like, “would you kiss your Mom with that mouth?” and “watch your language.” Instead of avoiding bad language in the film, Marvel did a better thing by having the superheroes be role models for children by encouraging kids to stop using bad language.

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What about my thoughts? If you’ve been following my writing for any length of time, then you probably know that I was never into superhero films until watching “Captain America: Winter Soldier.” I grew up in a house full of girls, and superhero films are new to me since raising young boys. I’ll be honest in saying that I loved this film, and it was one of the best films I’ve seen this year. Parents are going to love it.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron is in theaters starting today!

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