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Shazam! Fury of the Gods | 2023 | PG-13 | – 1.6.4

content-ratingsWhy is “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “sequences of action and violence, and language.” The evaluation includes a couple of kisses and some flirting, many fights between ancient gods and superheroes, a death by being impaled and lifted off the ground, many implied deaths by attacks from demons, dragons and gods, a lot of property damage, a bridge collapse, threats of violence, threats of the destruction of humanity, arguments, and 1 not fully enunciated F-word derivative and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.

When Shazam (Zachary Levi) and his superhero family are tested by a couple of rogue ancient gods (Helen Mirren and Lucy Liu), personal sacrifice and the power of foster siblings are on the line. Also with Grace Caroline Currey, Rachel Zegler, Adam Brody, Meagan Good, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Marta Milans, Djimon Hounsou, Diedrich Bader, Ross Butler, D.J. Cotrona, Cooper Andrews and P.J. Byrne. Directed by David F. Sandberg. [Running Time: 2:10]

Shazam! Fury of the Gods SEX/NUDITY 1

 – A teen boy and a seemingly teenaged girl (she says that she is 6,000 years old) kiss. A teen boy and a teen girl flirt. A superhero moves toward another superhero to kiss her, and a wizard appears in her place startling him.
 Two young women hold onto a superhero as he carries them to safety.
 A teen boy says, “I’m gay,” and everyone else in the room says, “We know.” People tease a superhero about being obsessed with Wonder Woman.
 A husband and his wife lie in bed and are awakened by several superheroes entering the room; the woman wears a camisole that reveals cleavage and the man a T-shirt and boxers. A shirtless man is shown in a magazine as a teen boy looks at it with interest. Several male and female superheroes wear skintight suits that accentuate the curves of their bodies and we see the bare legs to the thighs of one woman.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods VIOLENCE/GORE 6

 – Two guards wearing helmets that cover their faces pound on a glass case in a museum and tip it over shattering it; they touch a staff that was in the case and power flashes through them, they each whisper into people’s ears and their eyes go dark and they become violent, jumping around the room and whispering in other people’s ears; a guard threatens one with a stick and he is thrown through window, another is slammed onto the corner of a pedestal and we hear his head crunch, and everyone in the room is changed to a sand sculpture and they crumble when they are touched. A dragon impales a woman on a tine and lifts her into the air, killing her (we see the tine poke through her chest and some blood is evident; we later see her with blood on her mouth and a hole in her armored chest plate).
 A dragon crashes up through a house and we see splintered wood and rubble as several superheroes fly away from the wreckage; a woman riding on the dragon’s head follows the superheroes and zaps them with a blast from a staff that takes away their powers, and one is zapped while she is flying and falls to the ground helpless (she is caught and taken to the ground safely). A superhero and a woman riding a dragon shoot power blasts at each other several times. A superhero throws a dragon through a building and the dragon blows fire at him charring his suit and throws him to the ground where he bounces off several cars; the superhero then throws a car at the dragon. Demons chase people through the streets of a city as a van speeds through the area and one demon is struck cracking the windshield and it falls, pulling the windshield wiper off as it goes. A winged demon blows fire on a car as people run screaming. A superhero and a woman fight with heavy kicks, punches and throws, they throw each other through a roof, they slam each other into the floor and the woman is knocked out briefly. A woman zaps a man with a glowing staff and another woman kicks him through a wall.
 Many gelatinous pods burst open and demons rush out charging and threatening people; we see a person lifted into the air and dropped (he presumably died), others are gripped by the demons and carried away, and a man is pierced in the back with a spike and lifted into the air and then thrown (he presumably died). Several unicorns are birthed from gelatinous orbs and we see them with glowing eyes; one stomps its hoof and approaches a young girl that offers it candy and it makes a loud noise as we see other unicorns approaching and the unicorns attack many demons rampaging in a city (we see demons thrown and speared with the unicorn horns).
 A superhero is thrown through a brick wall. A man is zapped with a flash from a staff and he moans. A superhero and a young woman are held in a force field. A woman wraps two young women with live electric cables and lifts them off the floor; they then struggle. A woman slams a wooden crate against a superhero, slams him up and down on the floor, and she is struck and a heavy object slams to the ground. Two women fight and a woman calls for a dragon to rise and the dragon roars loudly. A dragon catches a magical apple and a woman plants it in the center of a baseball field; loudly rumbling and giants roots move through the ground as a large tree sprouts and people scream and run, and one woman is pinned against a car and pointy root ends are poised to pierce her (she gets away unharmed). Many people hide under a road and emergency vehicles and personnel attend to them; a dragon finds them and stomps through the area blowing fire as people run and scream. A giant dome covers a city and it reduces in size to trap a superhero, a woman and a dragon inside it; the dragon blows fire on the dome wall with no effect, the superhero and the dragon fight with punches and throws and the superhero gathers energy to cause an explosion that will destroy the dragon (we see a bright flash). A superhero pushes his hand up through dirt and pulls himself out of a grave surprising people in the area and he complains about being buried.
 A teen boy finds another teen boy motionless on the ground among rubble and cries fearing that he is dead; we later see people gathered around a grave. Six children (ranging from teen to pre-teen) change into superheroes and shoot into the sky; they fly around a bridge where a tanker truck has overturned and the truck is shown burning as the bridge cables and stations snap and the road buckles; cars fall off the bridge and the superheroes catch the cars and take them to safety, they carry people to the safe part of the bridge and attempt to keep the bridge from collapsing, but we see it in the water later. A superhero is thrown through a floating door and lands hard on the floor with slimy goo on his face. A teen boy is bullied in several scenes; other teens punch him in the stomach and bend his cane out of shape, and later they throw a ball that hits him in the head and he falls to the floor. Two women threaten a man and he yells, they take a glowing staff from his hands and we see him in a cell with blood on his head. A teen boy is dragged by two guards and thrown onto the floor in front of three women seated on an altar; one woman orders him to do something and he screams in pain when his eyes turn dark and he holds his head. A woman shoves a teen boy and he falls and hits his head on the floor. A man and a teen boy are thrown into a deep pit; they hear loud rumbling and see glowing eyes and mouth in the shadows and a giant dragon appears. People argue about stealing someone’s powers. Several people crowd into a port-o-let and when a woman opens the door to chase them she sees a man seated and holding a sandwich (it is implied that he is using the facilities); the other people have vanished. A woman is locked in a cell and she melts the lock and escapes. An injured and seemingly dead woman is zapped with an electrical charge from a superhero and she revives. When a woman dies, she turns to ash and blows away. A giant tree turns to ash and blows away and demons crumble and turn to ash. A superhero shoots blasts from his hands and breaks several bottles.
 A man in a cell pokes under one of his fingernails and pulls out a golden strand that glows and sends a flame into the air when he blows on it. A man with a scar on his face is shown in a prison cell with symbols drawn on all the walls and he speaks to a small worm-creature about getting him out; the worm slithers away. Teen boys play video games with gunfire in a war setting and with hostages.
 A woman threatens a superhero and mocks his “make believe family.” A superhero describes living in foster homes after his parents abandoned him, and he talks about someone conjuring demons and someone having his eye ripped out. A teen talks about not having friends. People tell a superhero that someone will be hunting him and his family. People talk about a mythic tree of life. We hear that a staff holds magical power. A character refers to slitting an enemy’s throat. A superhero tells another superhero that he has something on his tooth and he says that it’s a spider.
 Books flap their pages and fly around a room. A violin is shown in flames in many scenes.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods LANGUAGE 4

 – 1 not fully enunciated F-word derivative, 4 scatological terms, 5 anatomical terms, 9 mild obscenities, name-calling (idiot, impostor, fanboy, overbearing, fake, stupid, immature, not garbage, dude, lost boy, unnatural, fanatical, bozo, simpering boy, menacing, worthless, Colonel Cheesesteak, broken, control freak), exclamations (oh my gosh, ew, jeez Louise, shut-up), 2 religious profanities (GD), 8 religious exclamations (e.g. oh my God, God darn, Holy moly, power of the gods, my God, oh God). | profanity glossary |

Shazam! Fury of the Gods SUBSTANCE USE

 – A few tables in a restaurant are shown with champagne bottles, and a young woman wears sunglasses and it is suggested that she was hungover.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Sacrifice, honor, superheroes, family, impostor syndrome, trauma, foster homes, lying, wisdom, bullying, abandonment, narcissism, cheating, Hades, Greek mythology.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods MESSAGE

 – Everyone can be a champion if given the opportunity.


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