Wondering if Blue Beetle is ok for kids? This Blue Beetle origin story in the DCEU isn’t particularly violent for a superhero movie, but does have a lot of profanity and darker themes. Here’s what parents need to know in this Blue Beetle Parents Guide.
Blue Beetle Parents Guide
Recent college grad Jaime Reyes (Xolo Maridueña) returns home full of aspirations for his future, only to find that home is not quite as he left it. Jaime unexpectedly finds himself in possession of an ancient relic of alien biotechnology: the Scarab. When the Scarab chooses Jaime to be its symbiotic host, he is bestowed with an incredible suit of armor capable of extraordinary and unpredictable powers, forever changing his destiny as he becomes the Super Hero BLUE BEETLE.
Age Rating: Why is Blue Beetle Rated PG-13?
Blue Beetle is Rated PG-13 for action, violence, and language which means some content may not be suitable for kids under 13.
Language in Blue Beetle
There is a lot of strong language in Blue Beetle including uses of sh*t, a**, bi*ch, d*ck, damn, hell, and words of Deity like Jesus and g-ddammit. There is also a use of an unfinished, “what the f*ck.”
Violence: Is Blue Beetle Too Scary for Kids?
There is still plenty of sci-fi action and fighting in Blue Beetle, but it’s not as aggressive as in other DC films. Blood and gore is at a minimum. There is use of weapons like guns and swords and characters are punched and blasted. There are some images of war.
Some scary and creepy moments include red, glowing eyes and when the scarab attaches itself to the host and causes the host pain.
Characters die and sometimes young kids witness the death.
Mature Content: Is Blue Beetle Ok for Kids?
Characters drink alcohol throughout the film.
There are some sexual innuendos and jokes. When Jaime turns back into human form, he’s naked but covers up sensitive parts.
There is also some crass potty humor.
Is Blue Beetle Appropriate for Kids Under 13?
In Blue Beetle parents can expect strong language, moderate violence, and suggestive sexual references. To sum it up, Blue Beetle is kid friendly for kids ages 12 and older. Due to strong familial themes, kids younger than 12 could also be fine if they are used to Marvel and DC films.
With a runtime of 2 hours and 7 minutes, Blue Beetle may be too long for young kids, but is a good length for most. The vibe reminds me of Ant-Man, with the humor and action (and language).
While the story isn’t groundbreaking, Blue Beetle certainly entertains with its cast. Some stereotypes are superfluous, but also some are relatable. The struggles of latinos and minorities and generations of families wanting what’s best for the next one aren’t new, but they’re still very prevalent in this country. Hopefully a Latino superhero will bring joy to those kids who have been waiting for one who looks like them.
Maridueña is charismatic and packs an emotional punch. And Susan Sarandon makes for an excellent villain, obviously. Enchanted, anyone? Her manipulation skills are on point.
Familia is everything, and that’s a message I can get behind. The Spanish touches endeared me to this film with its burst of heart amidst common struggles. Relationships reign supreme in Blue Beetle for older kids, teens, and families.