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The previews alone have the name SHAZAM! being talked about amongst tweens and teens even before the release date! My son is going with a group of friends this weekend to see it. I screened it on a school night and gave him a heads up that he and his friends will enjoy it!
They are tweens, so I think they will be able to handle the maturity of SHAZAM! It is rated PG-13 and normally I don’t give
We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard.
If you are a parent, then you were obviously a kid once, so hearing kids through around foul language shouldn’t completely knock you off your feet, but there’s some foul language involved. It’s not overly used or harsh, but it’s there. Just FYI.
There is bullying involved at school but I think that shows the reality of our world. Things like bullying happen and how are we going to teach our kids to respond if and when they encounter it. The character
There is a scene when SHAZAM! and Freddy buy beer and actually drink it. Don’t jump to conclusions just yet. They both take one swallow and immediately hate the taste and spit it out. I thought this scene was important as it showed kids that alcohol is not all that appealing and it’s ok not to like it. They went back to the store and were later shown eating “real teenager” type food like chips, candy, and energy drinks.
As we get away from the parental talking points, SHAZAM is a really good introduction into the character as well as the others, which are his adopted family, that will join him later in the film and the sequels to follow. I’m not putting another SHAZAM! on the record officially, but you can definitely tell that more of this story will be told by DC Comics/Warner Bros. I mean it has to be. SHAZAM! was fantastic and it was equally exciting to see the story unfold from the very beginning.
SHAZAM! Theaters April 5!
Shazam! also stars Jack Dylan Grazer (IT) as Billy’s best friend and ultimate superhero enthusiast, Freddy, part of the foster family that includes Mary, played by Grace Fulton (Annabelle: Creation); Darla, played by Faithe Herman (TV’s This is Us); Eugene, played by Ian Chen (TV’s Fresh Off the Boat); and Pedro, played by Jovan Armand (TV’s Hawaii Five-O). Cooper Andrews (TV’s The Walking Dead) and Marta Milans (TV’s Killer Women) play foster parents