Family Film Guide: 'The Amazing Spider-Man'
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Suitable for: Elementary school children who can sit attentively through a movie that's 2 hours and 16 minutes and handle scary scenes, including various deaths (some off camera, one by gunshot on a sidewalk) and the transformation of a teenage boy into Spider-Man and a scientist into a villainous mutant lizard.
What you should know: The movie relaunches the Spider-Man series with Andrew Garfield as a high school senior who is bitten by a genetically altered spider.
Language: Just three or so mild four-letter words, including a stronger version of "heck."
Sexual situations and nudity: Exchange of kisses.
Violence/scary situations: A bully goes after a couple of classmates. Spider-Man is put in all sorts of peril -- he's slashed, shot, must save a child from a burning car about to fall into a river and then keep the entire city of New York safe from a mad mutant scientist. When Peter Parker is a boy, his parents hustle him off to caring relatives and disappear (and apparently are killed in a plane crash), and his loving uncle is later shot by a robber and dies. Peter witnesses the disturbing death of another adult, too. The scientist has only half of one arm and attempts to regrow it, turning into a lizard in the process and hatching a diabolical scheme. The movie has its share of danger, fights and fatal or nearly fatal confrontations along with some humor and a blossoming love.
Alcohol and drug use: Nothing notable.
First Published July 6, 2012 12:00 am