What parents need to know about 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'
Posted December 20, 2016
A GALAXY FAR FAR AWAY — “Rogue One: A Star Wars” story is now in theaters and my social media feeds were filled with friends and acquaintances all night as they watched the new film. In fact, I even know some people who skipped work today to see the movie. Your secret is safe with me.
The reception for “Rogue One” has been incredibly positive and I echo the thoughts of fellow KSL critic Dave Clyde and his review. I really enjoyed this movie and as you can see in my definitive ranking of all Star Wars films, I have it as No. 3.
But even though a vast majority of audiences really enjoy this film, there is a question I have seen a fair amount: “Is it too dark for my kids? What’s an appropriate age for ‘Rogue One’?”
That’s why I’m here; to let you know — spoiler free — what kind of content you can expect to see in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”
These first two categories are going to be easy. There is virtually nothing going on in this film to be concerned about from a sexiness perspective. I don’t recall any moment when a woman is objectified or even a hint towards something inappropriate. In all honesty, from this perspective, “Rogue One” is in the G-rated range.
The language category is much like the sexiness category — empty.
There aren’t any curse words to speak of and we don’t even get a “nerf herder.” There are some insults thrown around, but it’s nothing offensive— it’s played for humor and they usually land. Again, from a language perspective, we’re talking the G-rated level again.
This is the category where “Rogue One” gets its PG-13 rating and really earns it. This is the eighth theatrical film in the Star Wars franchise and in my opinion it is easily the most violent. I wouldn’t say it is the most disturbing (that title goes to “Revenge of the Sith”) but it does have the most on-screen violence.
Where “Revenge of the Sith” was disturbing with Anakin — possible “Episode III” spoiler — killing innocent kids and later being dismembered, “Rogue One” shows battle scenes that are void of blood, but quite realistic. It almost felt like watching a battle scene from a WWII movie, but with lasers and Storm Troopers. There is a lot of death, murder, mayhem, and even point-blank blaster shots to the head in “Rogue One.” The violence is not gory or graphic, but it is fairly constant and at times feels brutal.
Considering the “war” context of the violence and the lack of blood or even wounds, I would say the PG-13 is a fair rating.
At the end of the day, “Rogue One” is fairly dark and likely more appropriate for a bit of an older audience. How old? Well, that’s up to you and your child. I can’t begin to pretend like I know the maturity level of your child or what you deem appropriate for your kids, but the tone is darker than most of the other Star Wars films.
Again, it doesn’t get quite as dark as “Revenge of the Sith,” but it is darker than “Empire Strikes Back,” so maybe that can give you a bit of a barometer.
“Rogue One” is a really fun time at the theater and in my opinion, one of the best Star Wars films to date. When it comes to taking your little ones who are likely so excited to see it, I hope I’ve given you some idea on how to make an informed decision. I’d say that PG-13 is a fair rating for the film.
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is rated PG-13 for extended sequences of sci-fi violence and action.
John has grown up around movies and annoys friends and family with his movie facts and knowledge. John also has a passion for sports and pretty much anything awesome and it just so happens that these are the three things he writes about.