Wondering if WONDER WOMAN 1984 is ok for kids? Wonder Woman 1984 is rated PG-13 due to violence and language. Is Wonder Woman 1984 kid friendly? It’s still an action movie, so it may not be for all kids. Similar to the content in 2017’s Wonder Woman without Chris Pine’s bare behind, Wonder Woman 84 is on par with other superhero flicks. Here’s what parents need to know in this Wonder Woman 1984 Parents Guide.
Wonder Woman 1984 Parents Guide
Wonder Woman 1984 is the sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman with Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. This movie takes place about 65 years after the events of the first movie. Diana is trying to keep a low profile living in Washington, working as an archaeologist at the Smithsonian.
She’s dedicated to her career since the love of her life, Steve Trevor, is dead. Does this sound Peggy Carter/Steve Rogers to anyone else? I digress. However, when an ancient stone can grant wishes, Diana must defeat Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) and the Cheetah (Kristin Wiig), a villainess who possesses superhuman strength and agility, and once her former friend, to save the world.
Parents need to know that Wonder Woman 1984 does have some language, kissing, and action scenes that may be too much for young kids.
Language includes words like sh–, damn, bit–, hell, and bastards, about one of each. There aren’t nearly as many curse words as a Marvel movie.
There is some passionate kissing between different characters, but no nudity like there was in Wonder Woman. Two characters wake up in bed with implied sexual relations. Other characters passionately kiss on a desk.
Some old men look at young women’s butts as they exercise.
Many characters are shown in peril including children. There is a robbery with a gun. One thief dangles a child over a railing at a mall and threatens to drop her.
There are explosions and plenty of fighting involving guns, weapons, and missiles. There is talk of a nuclear war with Russia.
One character beats up a man and he hits his head on a sidewalk and blood is shown on his face and head.
One scene shows Diana fighting men in Egypt with machine guns on trucks.
Wonder Woman uses her lasso to disarm and subdue attackers.
The villains can be scary at times with Cheetah turning into what seems like a rabid animal.
Is Wonder Woman 1984 Appropriate for Kids Under 13?
Wonder Woman 1984’s rating is appropriate and should be ok for kids ages 13 and up. Younger kids who are used to other DC Comics and Marvel movies will also be fine. The action is similar, just be careful for those kids sensitive to violence and seeing their hero in danger and hurt.
At 2 hours and 30 minutes, it may be too long for younger ones, but if you’re watching it at home on HBO Max, then you can take breaks or pause. It felt too long even for adults.
The first Wonder Woman felt so empowering. Wonder Woman 1984 seems like a step back and seemed to drag on. It took over an hour for there to really be any action scenes, except for some fun rescues at the beginning.
As always, Gal Gadot is mesmerizing, but even she couldn’t save the film as a whole. Pedro Pascal makes a good villain, but even he was in it too much. And Kristen Wiig, bless it, she just felt like a Saturday Night Live skit.
Chaotic and disjointed, Wonder Woman 1984 tried too hard. I wanted to love it, because I still believe in stand-alone female superhero films. That’s not to say there aren’t things to enjoy.
The opening scenes were beautiful with Diana as a child and later you do realize all the sacrifices Diana had to make, and she becomes more humanized. Wonder Woman 1984 was missing some of that Wonder Woman spark, but it’s still entertaining. It just needed to be at least 30 minutes shorter.
If you don’t think too hard, and just want a fun superhero movie that’s still better than Justice League, Wonder Woman 1984 fits the bill.