ATLANTIS — The latest effort from DC Comics, "Aquaman," is now in theaters and the reviews are a little scattered.
For me, "Aquaman" is a big waste of money and time, but that's not what I'm here to talk about. For a full review of the king of the sea's big screen adventure check out Dave Clyde's review.
This review, however, is to let parents know what kind of content they can expect to see in "Aquaman," so they'll have a better idea of what to tell their kids when they ask to go see the film.
Here what parents need to know about "Aquaman:"
Actual sex or allusions to sex on screen are pretty much nonexistent in "Aquaman." There is talk about people falling in love, having children, being in arranged marriages and couples falling in love, but nothing is offensive. There isn't really even off-color humor or sexual dialogue.
Where "Aquaman" does get into the sexuality area that may make some parents uncomfortable is the amount of skin shown. Aquaman himself is shirtless for a good portion of the film.
Also, Amber Heard's Mera's underwater suit makes sure to show off her cleavage whenever possible. While her suit and Jason Momoa's physique are sexualized in the film that's about all the sexiness in the movie.
I thought the language in "Aquaman" was going to be a bit more intense than it was. I don't really recall any cursing. I'm sure it was there, but I may be too desensitized to it when I don't have my kids with me. But even if I did miss a curse word or two, they weren't harsh ones and there weren't many.
Common Sense Media says the movie contains "rare uses" of several curse words commonly found in PG-13 rated movies.
There is some name-calling and insults thrown out, but overall I feel like the language in "Aquaman" is less than most of the DC entries.
This is where superhero movies tend to earn their PG-13 ratings. There is a lot of violence in "Aquaman," including murder, impalings, sea creatures devouring people, drowning and lava-based accidents, to name a few.
The film is also uneven about the consequences of killing people. There are moments where it's made out to be a big deal and not taken lightly and then others where it's no big deal and even funny at times.
"Aquaman" earns its PG-13 rating with the violence it depicts.
While "Aquaman," for the most part, seems to have a fairly fun tone, there are a few moments that may seem intense and scary for younger viewers. There is one scene in particular where sea monsters chase our heroes and, while the sequence is quite stunning and probably the best part of the film, it may be too scary for younger kids.
"Aquaman" is rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language.