Black Panther isn't only a hit with the critics — Marvel's latest superhero film has become a worldwide phenomenon. Although superhero movies might spark the interest of your kids, you're right to wonder if everything in it will be appropriate for how old they are. Fortunately, we can confirm that Black Panther is a beautiful, diverse, and funny movie you should definitely take your children to see if they're old enough — it has an official PG-13 rating "for prolonged sequences of action violence and a brief rude gesture."
If you want to know exactly what issues you might run into with a little one, however, here are the things that might be a bit too much for some kids on the younger side (in spoiler-free detail):
- Sequences of Violence and Action. Black Panther isn't a bloodbath, but some fight scenes can get a little dicey if your child isn't ready for that. During two hand-to-hand combat scenes in Wakanda, the film's hero and his opponents slash and stab each other, for instance. The beginning of the film also features a few people getting shot by the villain, and at one point a man is thrown off a cliff.
- Profanity. One character gives the middle finger in a lighthearted scene.
- Movie Length. Black Panther clocks in at two hours and 14 minutes, so if your child isn't a fan of sitting still for that long, you might want to wait for it to come out on DVD or On Demand. Then again, if you see it before it leaves theatres, you could just opt for the large popcorn and prepare for a few bathroom breaks!