Should I Let My Kids Watch Wonder Woman?
The new Wonder Woman movie brings a classic DC comic super-heroine to the big screen, and families flocked to see it (despite its PG-13 rating). It's the 2nd highest grossing North American film this year and is continuing to gain popularity by word of mouth recommendations from its gushing fans.
The movie and its heroine, played by Gal Gadot, has been be the talk of the swimming pools and summer camps among young girls this summer and now is available to buy or rent. If you haven't watched it yet, you make be wondering, "what should I know before planning a movie night with my kids?" We’ve rounded up some great perspectives from around the web to help you decide whether or not a trip to see Wonder Woman is right for your kids, and how to talk to them if they see it.
This review from Christian site Crosswalk discusses the best parts of Wonder Woman, while a helpful appendix at the bottom explains what parents might be uncomfortable with their kids seeing.
Erica Hale gives Wonder Woman a wonderful review, and I got goosebumps reading this paragraph about what her daughters took away from the film - "When I asked my daughters what they loved about the movie, they had this to say: Wonder Woman was respected for who she was, and she respected others for who they were. She cared deeply for everyone she met, not just those who played a main role in the movie. She was motivated by a love for peace and a desire to see an end to human suffering. She was comfortable being beautiful and strong and saw no reason why she shouldn’t be both. She respected the men she worked with and was respected by them. She broke the mold of the most feature films by showing that you can be deeply in love without the typical Hollywood one-night-stand. The fact that one moment she was distracted by admiring a baby didn’t take away from the fact that the next moment she was leveling a whole field of bad guys with grace and ease. She was as powerful as any of the superheros. And she believed that what will save the world is love.”
Dr. Moore approaches Wonder Woman with a very thoughtful and encouraging article that discusses the history of the super-heroine and how parents can use the movie to talk about the representation of both men and women in the movie.
Alicia Cohn shares a reflection on the deeper moral discussions that play out in the Wonder Woman movie in this helpful review. She writes, "In the story, Diana experiences the limits of her own understanding of justice—a simple desire to set things “right” in the world—and discovers that the “good guys” are not always good and that darkness and light sometimes co-exist in mankind. “Men are easily corrupted,” one character says.”
The Gospel Coalition’s review of Wonder Woman focuses on the important representation of both men and women in the film, and provides great talking points for discussion after the film.
Common Sense Media recommends Wonder Woman for ages 12 and up, seemingly mostly because of the violence. Their user reviews suggest ages 11 and up, so we think it’s worth reading through some of them to make the best decision for you and your family.