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Is 'Guardians of the Galaxy' OK for your kids?

POSTED: August 12, 2014 4:00 p.m.
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Still of Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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XANDAR — Critics and audiences alike are raving about Marvel’s latest offering, “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
The movie is different, visual, funny and wildly entertaining, but should you take your kids?
Well, the answer to that question depends on the parent, but here are a few things that parents may like to know before heading into “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Adult humor
“Guardians of the Galaxy” is more of a comedy than anything else and it totally delivers on the laughs. The movie is hilarious in fact, but there is a fair amount of adult humor.

Not every joke is off color, but there are several. There is one joke, in particular, that had the entire theater laughing, but it was undoubtedly the crudest joke to date in a Marvel film.

The joke will certainly go over kids’ heads, but that won’t stop them from asking questions.
While the film has adult humor placed throughout there’s also plenty of clean humor you can enjoy with the whole family, just be aware of the other moments that exist.

Violence
The violence isn’t exactly stronger than any of the other Marvel films, but keep in mind that Marvel films can get pretty violent.
In my book “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is the most violent film in the Marvel cinematic universe. “Guardians of the Galaxy” doesn't quite make it to that level, but it's not too terribly far behind.

Maybe the violence doesn’t feel quite as intense because it’s against aliens and not actual people, but none-the-less there is a lot of death in the film. Next time I see it, and yes there will be a next time, I’d like to keep count of how many bodies hit the floor and see how many deaths the film averages per minute.

No, I’m not going to do that, but my point is there is plenty of violence. Again, if the earlier Marvel movies didn’t bother you then this one likely won’t either.

Language
I have to be honest; I was surprised by the amount of language in this one. It’s definitely higher than in any of Marvel’s other film entries and it’s quite frequent.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” has several use of the S-word, as well as some other curse words. There’s also an F-word that’s mouthed, but never actually said or finished.

If you have sensitivities to language then “Guardians of the Galaxy” may be a bit too much for you. I believe the language falls into the PG-13 realm, but it’s on the higher end.

Conclusion
At the end of the day “Guardians of the Galaxy” is meant for older audiences. You’ll have more fun watching this movie than just about anything else this summer, but it’s always good to have more information before heading in.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” is officially rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language.
It currently has a 92-percent on OK.com with an age rating of 13+.

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