After seeing Men In Black: International get hammered by initial reviews, my expectations were low. Maybe that’s the key. It may not be the summer blockbuster everyone is hoping for, but I’ve certainly seen worse. Is Men In Black: International kid friendly? This one definitely isn’t for the whole family. You can probably bring your teens, but anyone younger than that, I’d leave at home. Here’s the details on language, violence, and sexual content in Men in Black: International.
Is Men In Black: International Kid Friendly?
Overall, this is not a kid friendly movie. If your kids are used to seeing Marvel movies, Star Wars movies, or Transformers, they may be fine, but some of the type of language, plus sexual content would make me pause as a parent. Is Men in Black: International ok for kids?
Language in Men in Black: International
There is quite a bit of language in Men in Black: International, probably on par with Marvel movies. There are 3 uses of a–, 1 a-hole, 2 uses of jacka–es, and 1 use of a–clown. I counted at least 3 uses of sh–, 4 uses of hell, 2 uses of damn, and one unfinished what the f—. There are 6 uses of ‘oh my g-d or oh g-d’ and 2 uses of “dicks.” They also say “bugger off” and “piss off.”
Violence in Men in Black: International
Being that it’s a Men in Black movie and about saving the world, there’s bound to be weapons, fighting, and violence. And there was. You’ll see shoot outs, weapons of mass destruction, fist fights and aliens and people dying. There’s one particular gruesome death that was gross. If you’ve seen Shazam!, something along those lines.
Sexual and Mature Content in Men In Black: International
There are some things to watch out for kids like crude jokes, an alien ending up in bed with Chris Hemsworth, a shirtless Chris Hemsworth getting out of bed in shorts, and a gyrating alien. Tessa Thompson’s Agent M also asks Agent H if he’s “pimping her out?” She also makes a reference to fornication and butt dancing.
There is partying and many characters drinking alcohol.
Is Men in Black: International Appropriate for Kids Under 10?
I would say no. I think it’s a solid PG-13 rating when taking into account the violence, language, and mature content. Plus, it’s just slow-moving overall. Kids may want to see it, because of the Thompson – Hemsworth pairing from Thor: Ragnarok. That’s why I wanted to see it!
Don’t go in expecting that, and Men in Black: International was fairly entertaining. Thompson and Hemsworth still have some of that chemistry, but the writing, unfortunately, isn’t as good. The plot “surprises” were predictable, but there were still some good things.
Who Should See Men in Black: International?
If you’re looking for a fun, mildly entertaining film to keep you occupied during the summer, this is it. Sometimes I just want a mindless watch. Plus if you like aliens, strange creatures a la Harry Potter, or an Agents of SHIELD-type universe, then you’ll also enjoy Men in Black: International.
Even though there were slow parts, and I wanted Agent M to be a little more kick-butt, I enjoyed Thompson’s character plot line more than the drunk Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok.
Pawny, voiced by Kumail Nanjiani, is an adorable snarky little alien sidekick that basically steals every scene he’s in. He saved Men in Black: International for me, and you just want to put him in your pocket.
And there’s supporting roles from Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, and Rebecca Ferguson to add to the star power.
It’s not meant to be part of the first Men in Black trilogy, and I support the departure from those movies. Enjoy Men in Black: International for what it is, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised. While Men in Black: International is not kid friendly, this can be a teen/dad or teen/mom date night.
The Men in Black have expanded to cover the globe but so have the villains of the universe. To keep everyone safe, decorated Agent H and determined rookie M join forces — an unlikely pairing that just might work. When aliens that can take the form of any human arrive on Earth, H and M embark on a globe-trotting adventure to save the agency — and ultimately the world — from their mischievous plans.