The Suicide Squad (2021) functions somewhat as a sequel to the film Suicide Squad (2016). However, this is a continuation of the Task Force X program as led by Amanda Waller. There is a return of fan-favorite Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, and Rick Flag but the rest of the characters may not be as familiar to non-comic book fans. Additionally, this film is rated R and for good reason. This film is strictly an action film for adults with intense blood splattering, brain matter smashing, and graphic mass killings among other ultra-mature plot points. This is NOT a movie you should allow your child or teen to view.
The target audience appears to be adults 18 and up. Caregivers should note this is not a “kids’ movie” at all and will have more mature themes and a longer run time due to this being a film for a more mature audience. This movie is not recommended for family viewing.
Overall the film itself was a great action film but this is a very different league compared to most Marvel (or even other DC) films that families have been likely to allow viewing because it’s “just violence”. I urge caregivers to reconsider this approach for children with trauma frequently but in this case this film is completely inappropriate for children or teens and parents really need to stick to the rating recommendation for adults only. Even if you have a teen who claims maturity this will not be a film that in any way benefits a teen due to graphic violence, very adult situations, and some moral dilemmas that I guarantee you are not ready to navigate with a teen, let alone…
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