The Flash age rating: Is the DC movie appropriate for kids?

Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE FLASH,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures/™ & © DC Comics
Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE FLASH,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures/™ & © DC Comics /

The Flash is primed to dazzle audiences when it hits theaters on Friday, June 16. The film, which reunites moviegoers with Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen, will focus on one of the most iconic storylines a part of the speedster’s legacy, Flash Point.

Fans of comics, as well as the CW series, know that this plot centers on Barry’s decision to go back in time and save his mother from dying. Doing so, however, has major consequences and turns his world upside down. In this iteration of the tale, Barry’s actions are the catalyst for General Zod’s return. If our hero can’t fix what he broke, reality as he knows it will be changed forever and essentially the future will be annihilated.

For this adventure, Barry won’t be alone. He requests the assistance of a retired Batman, played by the legendary Michael Keaton, and Supergirl (Sasha Calle). The latter was imprisoned and Barry had thought he’d be locating Superman, not a Kryptonian he’d never met before.

This summer blockbuster is sure to enthrall its audience. But if you’re a parent/guadian wondering if this superhero drama is appropriate for kids, here’s what we know!

The Flash age rating explained

The MPAA has given The Flash a PG-13 rating for sequences of violence and action, some strong language, and partial nudity. Violence and action are typical for this genre. While the intensity of the fighting differs from movie to movie, you can expect it to run throughout the film.

As for the language, when “strong” is cited in a rating that usually refers to the degree of vulgarity to the profanity used in the movie. This can, but doesn’t always, include the singular use of the f-word in a PG-13 film.

Partial nudity, which ranges from profiles to obscured frontal shots to depictions of a character from behind, isn’t graphic in nature and isn’t likely to be shown in a sexual context. In the superhero genre, these scenes tend to happen in depictions of imprisonment, after experimentation/the “birth” of a hero, or after a transformation which has destroyed a character’s clothes.

Based on the reasons given for The Flash‘s age rating, the film is intended for a 13+ audience unless a younger child is used to the violence depicted in movies of this nature, a parent/guardian doesn’t have an issue with them hearing harsher profanity, and partial nudity isn’t a deterrent. But, as mentioned above, the movie does focus on Barry’s grief over the loss of his mother and his desire to save her life. This thematic element could be difficult for some viewers.

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