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Superhero Movies for Kids

'X-Men: First Class' (2011)

Ages: 12+

Starring: James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon, Michael Fassbender

What Parents Should Know: Parents need to know that this exciting “X-Men” prequel/origin story has plenty of action as the heroes and villains battle it out using their wide variety of special abilities, many of which can be deadly. Though overall the film has a bit of a retro feel due to the 1960s setting, there are big explosions/attacks, as well as hand-to-hand battles and a few intense death scenes — including one in which a boy's mother is killed in front of him and another in which a coin becomes a lethal weapon. The threat of nuclear war hangs over most of the movie. Expect moderate drinking and smoking; female characters sometimes appear in their underwear, skimpy costumes, or less, though there's no actual nudity. Language is infrequent. The movie includes weighty discussions about morality, self-acceptance, and fear of the unknown and — staying true to the original comic books — makes comparisons between the Holocaust and how people react to the presence of mutants. —Common Sense Media (Photo: Twentieth Century Fox)

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