Media Consumption

Spiderman, Nobody Knows Who You Are…

While reading Robert Scoble’s weblog this morning, I started to wonder if Spiderman is ok for Jason to see. But he’s 10, so I’m sure it will be fine. Then I realized that like Robert, I’m a “bad parent” when it comes to movies. Jason saw the first Jurassic Park years ago. He was probably 6 years old. Movies have never bothered him – he’s never had nightmares or anything like that.

So, for those of you that saw Spidey this weekend, what’s the appropriate youngest age to see the movie? And is it just me, or do you just start to sing the Spiderman theme from our youth whenever you think of him? Spiderman … where are you coming from … Spiderman … nobody knows who you are!

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20 replies on “Spiderman, Nobody Knows Who You Are…”

Like most things, I think this depends on the child. Obviously, my son’s a little too young for it, but he’s not even 2 yet. 6 might be a bit on the young side, but if you’re already reading the comic books — which a lot of kids are anyway — then it might not be too bad. I don’t remember the language being particularly bad, and, honestly, the violence is no worse than what’s on the evening news.

This time, the hero gets to win clearly, though.

Well, let me tell you… the age thing with movies… I’m 27 and I get scared with them sometimes, to the point of not being able to sleep!. Your son was 6 and he didn’t get scared with Jurassic Park. It’s relative 🙂

Christine, you might want to check out I saw this woman on some morning show…think it was the CBS Early Show…anyway, she has reviews of all current movies, as well as videos and DVD’s, and offers her opinion as to what ages they are appropriate for.

Hope that helps! 🙂

Oh! I was wondering the same thing! Travis is 7, but like Jason he’s been watching Jurrasic Park movies forever!
We went to see JP3 when it came out, I guess a year and a half ago and I think I was more frightened than he.

But I will be checking back here to see what the consensus is.

My good friend had her son’s 8th birthday party seeing Spiderman. She said the only bad thing were two kissing scenes and the boys were embarrassed. So yeah, take Jason. I think he’d be fine.

Have you seen Todd’s comment tag? *g* But I think of the Ramone’s song more than the Electric Company one…

Btw, are you getting my e-mail? I sent you a “did you get this one” late last night for the important one.

No, until now I’ve been blog free except for about 15 minutes this morning while we were waiting for a client to show up. Even then I was just wading through my knee-deep inbox. I only got your second e-mail this morning (was in bed late last night), not the first one(s) (don’t know how many you sent!) and all the goodies should be there by now! 🙂

I don’t remember anything that was truly terrible, though the last “heroic” scene was pretty graphic (fist to cuffs with weapons style). And as far as the theme song – we were singing it all the way in, and that was it – only very highly hidden allusions in the musical lines carried a semblance of the original piece.

Actually, I wanted to check out Spiderman before I took my 4 year old nephew to see it … and I was pleasantly surprised. The theater was half children/half adult and during some of the quieter moments, not a peep from anyone. Take Jason, I think he will enjoy it.

If he isn’t easily scared, and obviously he’s not, I say sure. I have the same comments as everyone else. Kiss scenes – okay for a 10 year old – maybe a bit embarrassing – but not hot ‘n heavy scenes. No cuss words. Always a plus. If he was prone to getting scared, and a few years younger, I’d say you may not want to take him due to the Goblin. However, my nephew is 10 and I would take him.

OK, I will admit it. I am the bad parent. I took my 5 YO and he cried twice! My wife had warned me beforehand that she didn’t think it was a good idea but I assured her that a friend at work had said it would be fine (well, he did say that!). Anyway, I’m in the dog house now. At 10 you should be OK, 5 might be too young I guess. But this morning he was saying how cool it was and all so it couldn’t have been too bad, right??

Oh it’s nothing new — just the comment counter tagline on Todd’s Spidey blog has always been “nobody knows who you are”.. So this made me think of that. 🙂

1–yes, i sing the spiderman theme song! i sang it all the way to the theater, all the way through the previews, and the rest of the night. every time i see (my husband) Pete i call him “Peter Parker” and sing the theme. he hasn’t seemed annoyed…yet. hehe.

2–the theater i went to was packed with kids around Jason’s age. they loved it, judging by their cheers throughout. i would take my kid to see it, but then…

3–i’m one of those “bad” parents, too. Roo watches anything and everything with us, with very few limits.

The fight at the end of Spiderman is extremely violent but I think this is a moot point. The Spiderman movie holds true to the subtle Greek tragedy found in the comics. This is not a feel good film. Peter Parker’s uncle dies, his aunt nearly dies, and his best friend’s father is evil. The movie depends on a wide range of depressing emotions. Is your kid ready for that? Mine’s not.

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