Since its debut in the 1970s, Star Wars has been entertaining families for generations. The sci-fi series and all of its iterations, sequels, and prequels are certainly easy to get lost in. The latest Star Wars film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is no exception to this. But before you go out to see this new film with the whole family, you might be wondering if Star Wars: The Last Jedi is appropriate for kids under 10. Before bringing out the whole family, there might be a few things to know first (without any spoilers, of course).
All people have been able to do is talk about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and with its recent premiere, it is all they will talk about at the upcoming holiday parties. So, it wouldn't be a surprise if you wanted to join in on this conversation. But before you call the sitter, or take your young kid out to the movies with you, there is understandably some concerns, especially since the movie is rated PG-13.
But the PG-13 rating, according to The New York Times is only concerned to warfare. This installment has quite a bit of fighting, because according to The New York Times, "peace remains elusive and weapons are often locked, loaded, and firing." But for a film series that has "war" in the title, parents should be well aware of the fighting that has taken place throughout the series.
But there are appealing moments to kids, too — like the new cute creatures, Porgs, which your under 10-year-old might fall in love with, if they didn't already do that in the film's trailer.
According to Common Sense Media the film is great for families, but might not be the best for kids under 15 years old. As Common Sense Media notes, the film has sci-fi violence and is "thrilling." The group's review advises parents who don't want to expose their kids to violence or battles that there are "explosions, space chases, and close-up duels."
If your 10-year-old is OK with violence (and you're OK with them watching it), then you might be concerned about the other parts that would give the film a PG-13 rating. However, according to Common Sense Media, The Last Jedi keeps these things to a minimum. One male character does appear shirtless in one scene, some alcohol is consumed in a casino, and a quick kiss is shared between two characters. But explicit language is kept to a minimum in this installment.
Patty Holliday, a mom of four and author of the blog, No Guilt Life, is a mom to two teens and two children who are under the age of 10. Luckily for other parents, Holliday did get to see The Last Jedi before the film's premiere and wrote on her blog that the movie is appropriate for teens and tweens. But for children who have a shorter attention span or need some exposition, according to the blog, might have a harder time following along with the story line. Not to mention, according to Holliday, the movie is long, so if your under-10-year-old has a hard time sitting still or following along with things, they might want to wait until the movie is available to stream or rent at home.
Don't let the violence scare you off, though. There are more "scenes, characters, and one-liners" meant for younger kids, according to PopSugar, than ever before in any other Star Wars installment (which is saying a lot). So if your kid has seen any of the other films, then it is safe to say they will appreciate this one.
But you, as a parent, know your kid best and can make decisions for them. If you know your kid is fan of the series and is OK with a little warfare, then bring them along. But if you're unsure, consider leaving them at home with a babysitter and bringing them along for a second viewing if you determine the movie is appropriate for them.
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