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Wondering if this new movie is ok for kids or maybe too scary? This spoiler-free ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ review will help you decide.

Ok, this is going to be quick because Spider-Man No Way Home is one of those movies that you really want to talk about, but not until everyone who wants to, has a chance to see it. But I do want to give a brief, spoiler-free Spider-Man: No Way Home for the parents who may be wondering if the movie is appropriate, or too scary for kids. After that surprise of a sex-scene in Eternals some of us are tip-toeing around Marvel Phase 4. 

Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Review

If your kids have seen the previous two Tom Holland Spider-Man movies, or pretty much any other Marvel movie, the violence and language is about on par with those. Perhaps even a little bit less. There’s brief sexual innuendo in the beginning. Beyond that, parents can expect some peril and mild language. 

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Columbia Pictures’ SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME.

Spider-Man: No Way Home has a lot of laughs, especially in the first act, and then a wild ride through to the end. And I’m actually going to leave it at that, at least for this first review. I think it’s best to go in with an open mind. The kids and I really enjoyed it, and I’m already plotting a time to see it again. 

Is ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Scary for Kids?

Marvel Phase 4 is getting touted as a darker phase to the series. We saw that a little with ‘Eternals‘ and there are many hints to that with ‘Doctor Strange 2’. ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ isn’t a movie I’d bring my youngest (3) to the theater to watch. With a runtime of over two and a half hours, a lot of action, blood and suspense in a dark, loud movie theater, I’m not sure she’d do too well. For younger fans of the franchise who are used to Spider-Man level language and violence, this is on par with that. 

Should You Watch the Other Spider-Man Movies Before ‘Spider-Man No Way Home’?

From the trailer we know we’d get to see Doc Ock and possibly some kind of multiverse situation. My kids watch Spidey (the Disney Junior show), and I’ve gotten glimpses of it before. I think, while not necessary to be up to speed on the previous 2-7 Spider-Man movies, it would definitely make it more enjoyable if you are. Perhaps plan a Spider-Man movie marathon. My kids followed ok with the knowledge from Spidey and the previous Tom Holland and one Tobey Maguire movie.

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Columbia Pictures’ SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME.

What My Kids Thought (without spoilers): ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Kids Review

What did you think of the movie?

J: I thought it was really good. It’s my favorite Marvel movie. It had less violence and way more funny parts. 

T: That’s my favorite Spider-Man movie. I liked it more than Shang-Chi, almost as much as Black Panther but not really. It’s one of my top 10 movies. It’s probably Infinity War, Black Panther, and then Spider-Man: No Way Home

Why?

J: It was such a great movie. Don’t wait for it, go see it in the movie theater. It was really awesome.

T: I liked that he fought a person with 8 metal arms.  

What was the funniest part to you? 

J: The lady stuck in the car is the funniest part without spoiling. 

T: “Are you Spider-Man’s girlfriend?” People wanting to be his best friend.

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Columbia Pictures’ SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME.
Would you recommend it to your friends? 

J: Yes.

T: Yes.

What lesson did you learn? What message was the movie trying to get across?

J: With great power comes great responsibility. 

T: Don’t let something bad in your mind control you. 

Who was your favorite character?

J: MJ.

T: Peter Parker.

Who would you recommend this movie to? 

J: People who like Spider-Man movies.

T: I only have two friends but both would like it. People who like Spider-Man movies, and people who like Marvel movies. 

What age do you think is ok to watch this movie?

J: 10+

T: PG-4

What parents need to know before taking kids to see Spider-Man: No way home
Columbia Pictures
Do you think ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ is scary for kids?

J: A villain is a bit creepy but it’s not too scary.

T: Of course not!

Would you want to watch it again? 

J: Yes, of course. 

T: Yes! I would watch it about 21 more times. 

How would you rank it compared to other movies we’ve seen recently? 

J: It’s my 2nd favorite movie this year. 

T: It’s my favorite movie we’ve watched in movie theaters this year. 

What was your favorite part? 

T: When the bad said “hello Peter.” (Favorite part from the trailer)

J: [Can’t say without spoiling].

What would you rate ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’?

T: 5 out of 5 starts 

J: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Is spider-man: No Way Home too scary for kids?

And I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Putting it up there as probably my 2nd favorite movie this year. 

We all agree this is one worth going to see in theaters. Especially if you want the full experience and don’t want to be spoiled, which, I didn’t even risk going on social media for the last 24 hours for fear of getting spoiled the day after opening night. Ty is already asking to stream it at home and he’s bummed that we’ll have to wait awhile until we can buy it to watch as much as we like.

Let us know what you think! Are you going to see ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’? Are you planning to go for a date night, friends night, or family movie night?

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Andrea t. says:

We saw it on Christmas (our family tradition!). I had not seen either of the other Tom Holland Spider-Man movies (but have seen most of the other Marvel movies) and did not have any trouble following along. It was a great movie!!

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