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Black Adam | 2022 | PG-13 | – 1.6.4

content-ratingsWhy is “Black Adam” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “sequences of strong violence, intense action and some language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes many fights between humans and super powered people leaving a few bloody wounds and apparent deaths, many fight scenes among super powered people causing a few injuries and a great deal of property damage, several arguments and discussions of freedom and justice, and some strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


When he’s released from prison after 5,000 years, a super powered man (Dwayne Johnson) tries to come to terms with the idea of justice, while managing his rage. Also with Aldis Hodge, Pierce Brosnan, Noah Centineo, Sarah Shahi and Quintessa Swindell. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in unidentified languages without translation. [Running Time: 2:04]

Black Adam SEX/NUDITY 1

 – A young woman’s costume consists of a dress with a short skirt and striped tights and leggings, and when a young man sees her for the first time he makes a remark about her appearance.

Black Adam VIOLENCE/GORE 6

 – A man is taken by a guard to a cliff, stabbed in the stomach and pushed over the side (we see blood spurt); a young boy takes a stone from the guard and runs to the top of a hill with it, but is grabbed by a guard and held with a blade over his neck and when the blade is brought down toward the boy, the boy disappears. A man holds a gun on a man and a pre-teen boy; the boy runs away and the man shoots the other man in the abdomen (he collapses and we see him with a very bloody wound later). A man shoots an injured man at close range and below the frame. A man and a woman are attacked by soldiers and we understand that they are killed; a pre-teen boy is shot in the chest by an arrow and falls dead. A super powered man stabs another super powered man through the abdomen with a pipe, the second man pulls the pipe out and stabs the first man through the abdomen and holds him off the ground as he yells. A super powered man is locked into a chair and another super powered man zaps him, holds him off the ground and pulls him apart (we see his head tear apart and lava glows as it pours out).
 A bright flash of energy blasts through an area, throwing many people to the ground and we see a man kneeling on the ground; he raises his hand toward a man that approaches him, holds him by the throat and the man is wrapped with threads of power that burn his flesh off and leave him a skeleton in pieces on the floor as other men open fire on the man (he deflects the bullets) and he floats in the air, moves through the other gunmen at super speeds and throws and hits them (one man’s arm is pulled off and we see the severed limb with little blood). A super powered man floats in the air between two helicopters that fire a rocket at him, and he grabs one helicopter and throws it into the other causing them both to burst into flames and crash to the ground; many military vehicles converge on the area and the super powered man throws the people and the vehicles with the clap of his hands and zaps of power bursts, he redirects explosives thrown at him, he puts a grenade in a man’s mouth, and we see people being thrown. A van nearly crashes into a super powered man and a man in the distance fires a rocket at them; the super powered man catches the rocket and it explodes leaving him winded and with a glowing scar on his abdomen; he throws a power blast at the man that launched the rocket and we see charred body parts smoldering. A man’s body drops to the ground and he is covered with blood and an apparent wound; other men with guns surround the injured man and another man. A super powered man flies through the air, crashes through a tower, pulls two men out with him and flies high into the sky, drops the two men and they plummet toward the ground (another super powered man catches them); in another scene, a super powered man drops two men from high in the sky and another super powered man catches them. Several super powered people fight with blasts of energy, throws, heavy winds blowing and crushing punches from a giant fist, causing extensive property damage. A super powered man zaps another man and we see some blood and tissue as he falls to the ground. A super powered man throws a man a great distance and we hear a thud. A super powered man breaks apart structures in an outpost, men with guns inside aim at him, and he charges toward a glowing arc surrounded by a shield that knocks him back. A man shoots at a pre-teen boy, a super powered man lunges toward the boy and snatches the bullet before it hits the boy; the super powered man goes into a rage and yells and glows causing an explosion that injures the boy (we see him recovering later), and we see the charred remains of a man under rubble. A super powered man with horns throws a flying vessel into water and the people inside are thrown around (there are no visible injuries); several super powered individuals fight with the horned man with throws, flashes and explosions, many zombie skeletons with glowing eyes join the fight and a man and a woman arm themselves with sticks to fight them off.
 A boy runs from a gunman and a super powered man flies toward them, several flying vehicles speed around them and the boy is grabbed, dropped, the super powered man catches him, and the boy is put inside one of the vehicles and taken away; the super powered man chases the vehicles midair searching for the boy. A super powered man flies toward two men plummeting to the ground, catches them and delivers them unharmed to the ground; the two men attempt to run away from a booing crowd and are blasted (they fall dead, without blood). A woman finds an artifact and jumps across a rock formation to retrieve it; men with guns enter the area, shoot at the woman and threaten to shoot a man if she does not turn it over. A super powered young woman creates swirling winds that throw scaffolding poles toward a super powered man and create a sort of cage; he is shown surrounded by several wizards that he throws and they punch and strike him, another super powered man throws a car toward him and his eyes glow and he throws a giant blast of energy that throws people through the air; a giant super powered young man slams his giant fist into the ground on top of the first super powered man pinning him, but he pushes his way out and punches the giant in the face knocking him out. A woman punches and kicks two men, asking them for information about her son.
 We see a man in what appears to be a hell-like landscape and a giant being with horns speaks with a roaring voice, and flames and lava move around. A man puts a crown on his head and we see energy flashing through the area. We hear about an army seizing power of a place in 2,600 BCE and the king enslaving the people to search for a magical stone that would imbue him with unbeatable dark powers; we see men digging in gravel and soil using their hands. A man has flashbacks to fighting with large super powered beings in a few scenes. A man puts on a magical helmet that transforms him into a super powered being and he disappears and reappears elsewhere. A super powered man is struck by a flash of lightning and is rendered powerless.
 A super powered man crashes through the wall of a building and floats through a town toward a giant statue and hovers in front of it. A guard at a checkpoint questions a driver and other people in the vehicle put their hands on guns they have in their waistbands; a pre-teen boy causes a distraction by bumping into the guard, the boy is knocked to the ground and when he gets up he runs away as the guard draws a club to strike him with. A pre-teen boy skateboards next to a speeding van and then turns down a crowded street. A super powered man wakes up with a start and shoots a laser into a closet door setting a poster on fire and startling a pre-teen boy as he enters the room. A super powered man shoots a blast of energy into a TV set blowing it up. A super powered man breaks through walls in several scenes leaving rubble all around him. A pre-teen boy steals a guard’s radio and speeds away on a skateboard, the guard chases him and the boy drops the radio in a cooking pot; the guard tackles the boy, a woman hits the guard with the skateboard and when a super powered man intervenes the guard hits him in the head with a nightstick that bends against his head and the super powered man throws the guard through the air as other men with guns open fire on the super powered man (he is unharmed by the bullets). A super powered young man is pushed out of a plane and yells as he falls to the ground, but grows to a giant size, landing safely. A giant super powered young man accidentally elbows another super powered person. A super powered man is struck by a flying vehicle and dragged through a field under it (he is unharmed).
 Two super powered men argue and one threatens the other by saying, “I’ll rip your little wings off.” A young woman talks about being kidnapped when she was 15 and injected with something that gave her superpowers. A man tells a pre-teen boy to make his enemies beg for mercy and the boy’s mother protests. People talk about needing a champion that can restore freedom. People talk about a curse born out of rage.
 A man is shown with scarification designs on his chest and abdomen.

Black Adam LANGUAGE 4

 – 7 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, 6 mild obscenities, name-calling (imperialist enforcer, bastards, bald spot, crazy, cryptic, weapon of mass destruction, insane, little man, sentimental fool), exclamations (stop it), 2 religious exclamations (e.g. God level powers, oh God). | profanity glossary |

Black Adam SUBSTANCE USE

 – None.

Black Adam DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Wizards, dark powers, mercenaries, legends, freedom, corruption, rage, dignity, regret, fear of death, friendship, sacrifice, heroes, villains, respect, sarcasm, fate, revenge, military occupation, demigods, meta humans, global stability.

Black Adam MESSAGE

 – It’s sometimes hard to tell what the right side is and who’s on it.

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