Synopsis: Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. – IMDB
Tagline: Heroes don’t get any bigger.
Release Date: 2015-7-15 | MPAA Rating: PG-13 | Coolthulhus Earned: 4
When I first saw that Paul Rudd was Ant-Man, I’ll admit to rolling my eyes and going “Really? HIM?”, because, lets face it, I’m shallow and like good-looking men with sex-pot or bad boy images to play my on-screen superheroes. They’re my fantasies after I leave the theatre, dagblastit, and I need fodder for the gutter-minded imagination that resides happily within me. I’m woman enough to admit that it pretty instantly dropped Ant-Man to my “when it comes out on Redbox” list.
Anywho, the partner suggested taking our 6 year old to see it. I gave him a bit of the stink-eye, thinking “Well, there’s no way that’s going to work out well!”, but decided there was no harm in trying. We’re talking second-run theatre here, so even if we had to leave mid-movie, it was only $1.25 per person. So before we hit the theatre, I ran by the local grocers and picked up some earplugs for the Snuglet. I knew deadening the loud sounds tripled our chances of making it through the movie.
Ant-Man was pretty much the perfect super-hero movie to try Miss L on things a little bit more grown-up looking than The Minions. There’s no city-destruction scenes, no excessive cursing (honestly, the kid hears worse from me when I stub my toe than she heard in Ant-Man), and no overly sexual scenes. A few punches, some laser hits with not a ton of blood shown, a bit of bullets being fired (poor Ant-ony), and one measley smooch. That, combined with the fact that there were several scenes in the movie that she just outright giggled at, made me compliment my partner on his choice of movies.
Edited to Add (Thanks to commenter Swan Pride for reminding me about this!): There are two scenes that are potentially disturbing wherein a bad guy and a sheep both get turned into (very small) puddles of goo. Now, the reason I didn’t even think about this, let alone mention it is: This did not bother the 6 year old at all, as she didn’t comprehend what she was seeing. She asked what happened and when I said “They got turned into goo! Ewww!”, that was enough for her. If your child is a little bit older and more able to understand what they are seeing (8? 9?), it may bother them. So just a heads-up!
For a super-hero movie, Ant-Man is decidedly laid back – almost gentle, truth be told – and has jokes in it that had the whole audience cracking up. Yes, there’s a bit of racism (the buffoon friends are, of course, black and Mexican), and while I don’t agree with that, its something to talk about with your kids if you take them to see it. Those same ‘buffoons’, though, also prove to be loyal, quick-thinking, and endearingly sincere. So there’s that.
I would recommend renting it – or going to see it in the second-run theatres. Its a solid, low-key super-hero movie that doesn’t try to be some hugely awesome deal. Nice underdog story too. Click here to buy Ant-Man now on Amazon.