What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this adaptation of a popular graphic novel series -- which stars teen favorite Michael Cera -- features some strong language, superhero- and video game-style violence, and teen sexuality, but it's ultimately age-appropriate for teens. The sexuality includes some passionate kisses and a couple of hooking-up scenes (both gay and straight); in one scene, a couple ends up in bed -- she in her bra, he shirtless -- but no sex is shown on screen. One character explodes after unexpectedly having an instantaneous orgasm. Language includes some uses of words like "s--t" and "ass," and there's one character who says "f--k" several times, though they're mostly bleeped. All of the violence is stylized and cartoonish rather than realistic and bloody. And for a geeky-hipster tale, there are remarkably few product placements.
- Families can talk about the movie's violence. How does it compare to what you've seen in other action movies? Does it have more or less impact?
- The movie seems aimed at those immersed in video game culture -- i.e., teens. Do you think it's as funny or relevant for parents/adults?
- What does Scott learn about himself by fighting off all of the exes?
- Why are graphic novel adaptations so popular? For those familiar with both, how does the movie compare to the graphic novels?