The Dark Knight Rises – Should kids under 13 see it?

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Once again I am back from the movies. This time was The Dark Knight Rises, the latest in the Batman series. Now I have to warn you, I was not a fan of this newest line of Batman movies. Batman Begins, meh. Yeah, we get it. Billionaire with a chip on his shoulder tries to save the world while wearing a rubber suit and “disguising” his voice to sound like he swallowed gravel. Next…

The Dark Knight was sure to get me to like Christian Bale as the masked crusader right?! Nope. That movie creeped me out! The Joker? Holy Smackeroni. No thank you. I didn’t get through the entire movie (though I’ve tried a good half a dozen times). Heath Ledger is genius in it. Too good really, as I have nightmares every time I just think about it.

The Dark Knight Rises Movie Poster 2012

So now you ask… If you don’t like them, why in H-E-Double Hockey Sticks, did you go see the third. Two words. My Husband. He was dying to see it and since I get to go to screenings, he was all over making sure I was going to take him to this. I tell you what. Of the three movies in this reboot of yet another comic series, it’s certainly my favorite. It didn’t take much since I slept through most of the first movie and can’t watch the second. Hey, I made it through all 2 hours and 46 minutes of this bad boy! (Do I get a prize?!)

While my husband and I have very different reviews for this movie, it’s my blog, so I will give you MY review. And the first thing I get asked after every movie screening I go to is… drumroll please… “MOM! Can I see it now?!” from my *almost* 8 year-old boy. The Dark Knight Rises? Nope, you gotta wait until it’s on DVD boy. Here’s why.

Now there is hardly any bad language in it. I can’t remember a single bad word other than “bitch” said in it. They may have said something stronger, but if they did, my mom-trained ears didn’t catch it. There is also no nudey scenes or lovey dovey stuff other than a few kisses and a suggestion by the fire. (Sorry boys! No half-naked Anne Hathaway/Catwoman for you!)

The regular fighting scenes are pretty predictable. Obligatory massive amounts of shooting and fists thrown. Lots and lots of fighting to the point I think I actually yawned during some of the Bane/Batman fights. Yeah, yeah,  good v. evil, punch, kick, punch. The parts that made me feel this movie was more for 12 and up were how dark the movie is (duh, it’s called The Dark Knight, not Susie Sunshine Rides a Unicorn) and some of the intense scenes with a whole lotta death going on. I wonder how many people “died” in this movie? I can tell you it seemed like a lot! People were shot, hung, knocked out and generally just killed off for no reason but to kill them off. There wasn’t any gore, a lot of the killing is implied, but I just felt uneasy with a few of the scenes and thought it was way more intense than I’d feel comfortable showing my 8 year-old, especially in the movie theatre. A smaller screen might be better for the younger fans of Batman.

My 13 year-old is begging to go see it this weekend. I’ll probably end up taking him or having him go with a friend. Definitely totally appropriate for kids 12 and up (and probably 10 and up if they have seen either Batman Begins or The Dark Knight already).

Now a little bit for the adults and fans of Batman. Really great plot twists and turns. Catwoman was a lot of fun. I loved her. Snarky and conniving but still likable. Of course there was some campy stuff and a few bad actors who don’t know how to die without looking ridiculous, but over all really good. Bane was hard to understand at times (and hello, Tom Hardy! He was so cute in This Means War, but is totally unrecognizable in this movie). The kid from 3rd Rock From the Sun was really good in this. I expected the quirky/nerdy Joseph Gorden-Levitt from 50/50 and 500 Summers to seem out of place, but he was my favorite character/actor from the movie. My husband was also calling out the football players of the Pittsburgh Steelers as they played the Gotham Rogues.

Are you going to see it this weekend? Did you see it with your kids? Share what you thought in the comments below!


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  1. Batmanrok12345 says

    I have a eleven year old son who gets scared easily. He has seen begins
    And really wants to see tdkr. Should I take him or wait until DVD??

    Is it is bad as the dark knight/begins. Is it as bad as hunger games. Please copare to another film of the same rating.



  2. Bip Job says

    The Batman vs. Bane fight is physically brutal. The movie avoids the R rating by a technicality (no blood).

  3. says

    My 9 and a half year old son wants to see DKR, but I heard there are some torture scenes which I would not be comfortable with him seeing. Is this true? Thanks

    • Emily says

      At 9 1/2 I think he is fine as long as he’s seen movies like the original Spiderman movies and Transformers. There are some scenes that are cringe worthy but they cut away before you see any actual violence. You see the scene leading up to someone getting shot, then it goes dark for a sec and then you see the person dead (but not gory/bloody).

  4. Candice says

    Should I let my 8 year old see this movie or not cause my husband wants to take her to see this movie is it okay? Does it have any pop ups or “scary” scenes. Thanks to anyone who replies to me or just e-mail me thanks-

    • Emily says

      I will let my 8 year old boy see this, but not until it’s out on DVD. Just because with such a big screen, it’s a bit intense. If she’s seen movies like the original Spiderman movies and Transformers at the movie theater or Batman Begins I think it’s fine. There are some scenes that are cringe worthy but they cut away before you see any actual violence. You see the scene leading up to someone getting shot, then it goes dark for a sec and then you see the person dead (but not gory/bloody).

  5. Erin says

    I have to tell you, I loved all of these movies so far in this series, and I generally don’t really like comic book type hero movies and superhero nonsense. My husband (then boyfriend at the time) took me to see the first one and I really was surprised because it had a serious approach. Yeah, it still had the fights and of course it is Batman, but I could tell it was more for adults. So naturally, I went with him again to see the Dark Knight, and while that one was a lot more darker, I was floored at how good it was. I literally forgot this was based on a comic. We went to the new one and left our 3 year old with a baby sitter, and I was enthralled again. I had to have tissues available at the end because I didn’t expect to start tearing up so much. It was that good!
    I think it’ll be a loooong while however before I let my son see this, because this is more of an adult film. You should give them a try again, Emily. You might be pleasantly surprised!

  6. says

    I have not seen any of the others but I for some reason want to see this onw because of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman. I am glad to hear she was good. I really should watch the one with Heath too because I hear he was amazing!

  7. says

    I think we are going to go see this while on vacation. Can’t wait! Thanks for the info on the age rec’s. It does help make a decision.


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