Both of my oldest kids wanted to see the new Captain America movie, which opened on Friday. Rose is days from being 13 and Walsh is about a month from turning 11. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is rated PG-13.
I knew there was no chance I was taking my 7 year-old to see the movie, but I thought it would be OK for my older kids because I had seen the first Captain America movie and the first Avengers and I didn’t think they were overly violent. My 10-year-old has seen about three super hero movies like this in a theater.
There was very little blood, and I do think they made a very conscious effort to not have blood spurting when people were shot or dying. They also did not show people being shot in the head or face up close, and I don’t really think they showed much of the bullets entering anyone – you just heard the noise and saw people drop.
However, there was lots and lots and lots and lots of shooting and lots and lots and lots of guns – handguns, machine guns, turrets on planes, etc….
There also was a lot of hand-to-hand combat in the form of ninja-style karate fight scenes.
There were multiple moments when you were surprised and it was also intense in some scenes.
I kept asking my son if was bothered and he said it was fine.
There was only one point where I instinctively reached over and covered his eyes, and it was when they were electro-shocking someone. I thought that was too graphic. They also have an operation scene that was pretty graphic as well.
“Parents need to know that Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the second Captain America movie in the Avengers franchise. This one focuses more on character, and on the themes of military paranoia, but still features heavy fantasy fighting, with shooting and punching, as well as some blood and death. Sex is not an issue, though there’s some commentary about Cap’s nonexistent dating life, and he shares a strategic kiss with Black Widow. Language is minor, but some strong words can be somewhat heard during noisy battle sequences. Like the other superhero movies in this series, this one is marketed with toys, games, and other paraphernalia that younger kids might be clamoring for.”
Common Sense Media and the parents rating it said the appropriate age was 13. The kids rating it said 10.
The first Captain America movie was rated for age 11 and Spider Man 2 was rated for age 11 but the First Avengers was rated for age 13.
I think my two oldest were OK. I definitely would NOT have taken my 7 year-old and would not take anyone younger than 10 or 11. (There were probably kids as young as 5 in our 2 p.m. showing.)
What did you think? What age do you think is appropriate to see it? Did you fight it graphically violent? Do you think the scenes were too intense? Did you feel like I did that they were very consciously not showing blood or the moment of impact when people were shot?