Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse | 2023 | PG | – 1.4.3
Animated continuation of a teen’s (voiced by Shameik Moore) struggles with being Spider-Man: When a Spider-Verse friend (voiced by Hailee Steinfeld) returns to his dimension, he’s determined to join her in yet another dimension, where there are numerous Spider-People, only to discover that their very existence is being threatened. Also with the voices of Oscar Isaac, Jake Johnson, Issa Rae, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Velez, Rachel Dratch, Daniel Kaluuya, Taran Killam, Michael Rianda, Andy Samberg, Jason Schwartzman, Karan Soni, Amandla Stenberg, Jorma Taccone and Shea Whigham. Directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers & Justin K. Thompson. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in Italian and Spanish with English subtitles; a few lines are spoken in Cockney rhyming slang without translation. [Running Time: 2:20]
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse SEX/NUDITY 1
– A cloaked teen boy hangs upside down very close to a teen girl, as if to kiss her; she is not aware that he is there.
► A teen boy keeps a sketchbook where he draws multiple pictures of a teen girl. A remark is made about a teen girl falling for a teen boy in almost every universe.
► A woman tells a teen girl not to break her son’s heart and both teens are embarrassed. A woman says that a teen girl is “old enough to vote.” A woman says that her baby’s father is “So hot.” A teen boy is told that his costume is “too tight in the back.”
► A teen boy climbs down a fire escape while undressing to a spider suit under his clothing and we see him zipping his fly when he reaches the ground. A teen girl is attacked in an art museum by a flying creature with large wings and they fight causing property damage and one sculpture falls to the floor (it resembles male genitalia). A character’s skin is white with black spots and we see the outlines of pectorals, love handles and his crotch without anatomical definition. A woman wears low-cut tops that reveal cleavage in a few scenes.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse VIOLENCE/GORE 4
– An introductory sequence and a few other flashback and flash-forward sequences show loved ones dying and people grieving. A teen boy swallows a green liquid from a vial and we later see him die; a teen girl embraces him and cries.
► A man slams a teen boy against a metallic wall repeatedly, denting the metal while yelling and insulting the teen; the teen pushes the man off and falls through a portal in the distance and disappears. A helicopter flies overhead and it is struck by an explosive; as it falls from the sky a teen girl pulls the two people inside the helicopter out and to safety, and she, a man and a woman make a net out of spider webs to catch the helicopter before it crashes and explodes. A teen girl is attacked by a flying creature with large wings and they fight causing property damage; she ties the creature up, it breaks free and the teen is held by the throat until a man intervenes. A man with many dark splotches on his body is shown to be able to open holes in space that he can pass through; he tries to rob an ATM in a convenience store and when the owner swings a bat at him, he says, “There’s no need to bring wood,” and keeps opening and passing through holes; one hole opens in his abdomen and a whole loaf of bread falls out and onto the floor. A teen boy fights a man trying to steal from an ATM, they each go in and out of holes created by the man and the man identifies himself as the teen’s nemesis. A man pops his head through a hole and a woman hits him in the head with her purse; he pops through another hole and a woman is nonplussed by his appearance. A teen boy sprays spider-webs on a large creature with a shell on its back and sharp claws when it stands on train tracks.
► A teen boy locked in a force field, breaks out and runs away chased by many other people and creatures (including a spider-cat and a spider-T-rex), and he shoots spider webs at them as they shoot webs back at him; he crashes through a window and falls, uses webs to catch himself, he climbs along a strand of web, it snaps, he falls and is wrapped in a glowing strand briefly before he breaks free. A man is lashed around the ankles with a web and hung upside down while holding a toddler in a carrier on his chest. A giant spider creature appears in the back of a control room and builds a glowing force field around a teen boy; he tries to destroy it and a teen girl is grabbed by the spider, also being sealed in a force field, and they are both shot away. A teen boy swings from webs, slams into a bus and crashes into a car’s windshield shattering it, but gets up and continues to swing through a city. A teen boy glitches repeatedly and falls unconscious; he wakes up tied to a heavy bag and he is lifted off the floor as a man yells at him; he snaps metal claws on his hands and threatens the teen with them. Many creatures are shown held in containment fields. A man holds a device to his chest and pulls a trigger discharging something that looks like a small metallic spider (he does not appear to be harmed).
► A man tells a hologram to “call for backup” and a woman driving a motorcycle shoots through a portal and attacks a bird creature. A teen girl collapses to the ground and a police officer holds a gun on her, shoots into the air and when she removes her mask, he puts his gun down but tells her that he must arrest her; the officer is then locked in a force field and the teen girl gets away. A teen boy is knocked into a locker at school by a bigger teen boy and a teen girl tries to intervene. A teen girl becomes angry while playing drums onstage and knocks them over before storming out and leaving other teen girls dumbfounded.
► A teen girl falls back out a window and we see her standing on the side of a building; she and a teen boy sail through a city spraying spider webs and squeezing through traffic and along bridges. A teen girl jumps and swings through a city and toward a museum where police officers are stuck to their vehicles with sticky spider webs. Several scenes show characters flashing with bright colors and blocks (like 8-bit images), sometimes accompanied by garbled noises and we are told that they are “glitching.” People walk into portals in several scenes and we see them as flashing bright lights in geometric shapes. A teen boy runs through a school building and along walls to get through the crowded hallways.
► We see a man reaching for a young child and hear that the man died saving the boy. A man threatens a teen boy saying, “I’ll make you pay for everything you’ve done to me.” People talk about a dimension unraveling. A man says that a version of himself was killed. A man says, “I’m going to take everything from you.” A teen boy says, “People are going to die because some algorithm says so.” A man tells his teen daughter that he is going after the person that killed her friend. People talk about family members being killed. A teen boy says that there is something coming for him and his family. A man and a woman argue with a teen boy about missing classes. A man yells at his teen son and grounds him. A radio transmission identifies an incident as a “super human event.” A woman tells her family, “No politics at the dinner table.” A teen boy says that he wants to go to university in New Jersey and his mother says that is to far from Brooklyn. A teen boy asks his mother if something she said was Spanglish. A teen boy tries to tell his parents that he is Spider-Man and they end up arguing. A character says, “This is where the British sold all our stuff.” A man says that his toddler defecated and holds her away from him. A teen boy wearing a spider-man suit says that he grew a mustache and we see mustache hair growing through the mask.
► A police car falls out of a hole in the sky and crashes to the ground. An ATM falls on top of a police car crushing it and breaking the windshield. A toddler flatulates and giggles.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse LANGUAGE 3
– 2 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (flying turkey from the Renaissance, nosey, crazy, weird, dark Garfield, super-rude, inconsiderate, dude, anomaly, young lady, emo, mistake, web slingers, little friend, stupid, magical child), exclamations (I’m fine, shut-up, oh dang, trust me, whatever, oh my gosh, go to Helvetica, anyways, listen, wow, what the heck, no kidding, shoot, mind your own business, ups and downs, bummer, Scooby-Doo, uch), 3 religious exclamations (e.g. God, oh my God, dear God no). | profanity glossary |
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse SUBSTANCE USE
– A teen boy swallows a green liquid from a vial and we later see him die. People at a party hold and drink from cups and bottles that could contain alcohol.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse DISCUSSION TOPICS
– Superheroes, multi-dimensions, death of loved ones, secrets, wanting to be special, growing up, quantum research, dark matter, interdimensional travel, emotional intelligence, regret, guilt, parenting, mystery, sacrifice, destiny, mistakes.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse MESSAGE
– Choosing between saving one versus many is a harsh challenge.
(Note: Many scenes feature large flashing lights and several scenes feature multidimensional portals that open with clusters of neon colored blocks and bubbles that swirl; such sequences may affect viewers that are photo sensitive).
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