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Is 'Doctor Strange' OK for your kids?

Posted November 6

Marvel's DOCTOR STRANGE

Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch)

Photo Credit: Film Frame 

©2016 Marvel. All Rights Reserved. (Deseret Photo)

THE MIRROR DIMENSION — The newest Marvel offering is now in theaters and “Doctor Strange” follows suit with most of the studio's other films; it’s fun, exciting and pretty routine. But who cares when you’re having this good of a time?

I’m here to let you know what you can expect from a content perspective so you can decide if the film is OK for your kids who are more likely than not dying to see it.

As always this review is spoiler free.

Sexiness

“Doctor Strange” is much like the other Marvel films in that there isn’t much sex or allusion of sex to speak of.

In fact, “Doctor Strange” is likely less sexy than its counterparts because we only have one quick shot of the shirtless hero and the other characters aren’t in tight or revealing clothing.

Truth be told, there isn’t much to say here. The movie is very clean in this respect.

Language

I’d say “Doctor Strange” is about middle of the road when it comes to bad language in Marvel films. It doesn’t have the level of language of an “Ant-Man” or “Guardians of the Galaxy,” but it has a touch more than say “The Avengers” or “Captain America.”

The coarse language is sparse, which actually seems to make it stand out more when you hear it. It’s like seeing only one or two dandelions in an otherwise perfectly green lawn. It’s not overbearing or overrun, but they stand out.

Also, while there is no utterance of the so-called “R-rated word,” it is in the process of being said when a character is cut off.

Violence

This movie has its fair share of violence just like the others in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and this is where it really earns its PG-13 rating.

This is not a bloody or gruesome film by any means, but a lot of dead bodies are left in the wake of the battles, and one death in particular is at the forefront and could be disturbing to some younger viewers.

The violence is not overly graphic, but it is present throughout the film.

Disturbing/frightening

“Doctor Strange” has some intense moments that could be a bit much for younger audiences. There is a car crash and subsequent surgeries that may upset little ones, and some of the deaths could do the same.

Overall

“Doctor Strange” is a cinematic spectacle and a really good time at the theater. If your kids want to see it, you’re the only one who can really answer if it’s appropriate for them. As for me, I’d be comfortable taking a 10 or 11-year-old to the film. Again, it would depend on your 10 or 11-year-old, but overall the film is fairly mild, and along the lines of the other films in the Marvel canon.

“Doctor Strange” is rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action throughout, and an intense crash sequence.

John has been writing about movies, news, sports and pretty much anything awesome for more than five years. John is the co-host of the Flix Junkies podcast and will always entertain you with his stories.

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