What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this big-budget comic-book adaptation features extensive, graphic super-heroic violence. There's a strong sci-fi/fantasy element, but unlike the gleaming technological feel of Iron Man, this movie has a much messier, more biological style. Expect plenty of injections and experiments, lots of spilled blood, and more general ickiness than in other superhero movies. The Hulk and his nemesis also look quite monstrous, which might scare the pants off young kids. And there's some language (including "a--hole" and "bitch") and a semi-clothed kissing scene.
- Families can talk about anger. Do your kids feel they have the equivalent of a green monster inside sometimes? Do they think that superheroes express human problems made really big?
- Talk about Bruce Banner's struggle for control. What does he give up in order to be responsible? Can you think of any similar situations people might face in real life?
- Another good discussion is about the popularity of comic book films. Why do your kids think there are so many of them? What's the appeal? How is this movie different from the previous 2003 version? And how is it different from movies like Iron Man and Batman Begins?