Sports movies are always good for a pick-me-up, and in 2020, boy do we need some of that! The latest football movie is Safety and it’s coming to Disney+ on December 11. Is Safety ok for kids? This parent movie review will help you decide if your whole family can watch this one or if there are too many flags on the play. (Look, I tried…) Don’t forget to check out the inspirational quotes from Safety movie too!
About Safety on Disney+
“Safety” is a drama inspired by the empowering story of former Clemson University football safety Ray McElrathbey (Jay Reeves), a young man facing a series of challenging circumstances, whose dedication and persistence help him to triumph over repeated adversities.
Aided by his teammates and the Clemson community, he succeeds on the field while simultaneously raising and caring for his 11-year-old brother Fahmarr (Thaddeus J. Mixson).
Is Safety On Disney+ Safe For Kids? What About… Parents?
Before we dive into the subject of how kid-friendly Safety is, let’s talk about how parent-friendly it is!
Friends: this one is going to tug at your parental heartstrings something fierce.
If you are in a tender place of parenting (hello, 2020 has been… a decade, amirite?) and need that sweet release of just letting the tears flow: this movie will get you there.
This one is based on a true story, which always gets me right in the momma heart. Something about learning what real people have been through, their struggles, and their triumphs always leave me in a puddle.
So parents: get the tissues ready for yourself as you watch this charming and heart-wrenching tale unfold.
Safety Is Not Just Another Sports Story
We get to skip that trope of last-minute touchdowns and wins and get right to the heart of the matter, which is that there is a lot of heart in the relationship between Ray Ray (Reeves) and his brother Fahmarr (Mixon).
Reeves and Mixon’s chemistry sells this story of brothers who are bonded by tragedy and willing to do whatever it takes to help each other succeed in life.
And it carries the entire movie. Without these two actors, I’m not sure the impact of the film would be quite the same.
Is Safety OK For Kids?
This is not the typical underdog triumphs sports story played out on the field.
The winning comes to this family off the field when their tight-knit duo learns they have an entire team and community in their corner.
They come out and show out in a very big way- which doesn’t surprise anyone except maybe Ray Ray and Fahmarr.
Lessons children can learn are plenty- including that it’s ok to ask for help and to take it when offered.
As far as language, violence, and sex go, Safety is ok for kids to watch because there really isn’t any offending content in these categories.
Ray Ray does have a romantic interest, but nothing past hugs, kissing, and hand-holding is seen on screen.
The only violence portrayed is between football players – if you want to call it that! I only mention it because, dang, the sound of those pads hitting each other is pretty intense and realistic.
I didn’t even pick up any swear words, though these kids certainly had plenty of opportunities to cuss the world out at times.
This is a great movie to break up the Christmas movies on Disney Plus you are binging right now!
What Ages Of Kids Can Watch Safety?
I’d recommend this movie as a solid family night choice for the whole gang!
There will be moments of slowness that the under 6 crowd might find a bit tedious (this movie is pretty long at almost 2 hours), but overall there’s enough action to keep everyone interested.
Please note: the mother is separated from her young son during the movie. It is essentially the entire plot.
If your child has concerns about losing a parent in any way or has separation anxiety, this might be too intense for them. Especially if they are under the age of 9.
But overall, Safety is a kid-friendly movie that everyone will love on Disney+. You don’t even have to be a mega sports fan to enjoy it!
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Patty Holliday is a movie critic, writer, and podcaster living in the Washington, DC area. Her goal is to bridge the gap between casual fandom and picky critic with parent movie and television reviews.