Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings comes to theaters on September 3, 20201. This promises to be an action-packed origin story introducing a brand new hero. But is Shang-Chi safe for kids? This parent movie review and guide will help you decide if this Marvel movie is ok for your family to watch in theaters. ps- don’t forget to check out some of the hilarious Shang-Chi quotes by Trevor and more quotes from Katy!
About Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings
Marvel Studios’ “Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings” stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, who must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization.
The film also stars Awkwafina as Shang-Chi’s friend Katy, with Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan, and Tony Leung as Xu Wenwu, Shang-Chi’s father; as well as Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Florian Munteanu, Benedict Wong, Yuen Wah, Ronny Chieng, Zach Cherry, and Dallas Liu.
You can watch the trailer for Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings here.
Are There End Credit Scenes In Shang-Chi?
YES. And they are both pretty epic.
Oh- we said BOTH. There are two end credit scenes to stick around for.
The last one is literally the end of the credits- so after the first one rolls by, you do have time to go run and pee during Shang-Chi without missing the very last one.
Just don’t forget to come back for it!
Is Shang-Chi Safe For Kids? Parent Movie Review
There is something about a superhero movie that kids just love.
And by kids: I mean kids 3 to 99 because let’s be real: the adults are just as big of fans as the children!
Shang-Chi is probably a new superhero character for your kids and we think he is AWESOME.
And because this is the next big installment in the Marvel Movies in order, they are probably asking if they can see the movie.
In this parent movie guide and review, we’ll cover the language, violence, sex and nudity levels in the movie to help you decide if Shang-Chi is kid-friendly.
We’ll also talk about the PG-13 rating and how that may affect your decision on what ages Shang-Chi is appropriate for.
If you need to catch up, watch these Marvel Movies before Shang-Chi!
Is Shang-Chi Safe For Kids? Language
There are two areas of concern for kids when watching Shang-Chi.
And language is one of them.
You won’t get any F-bombs in this movie, but you will hear Holy Sh!t, Bull S–, H@ll, B!tch, and D@amn. Most of the swears come from the characters of Katy and Shang-Chi, who have the most screentime as well.
*On my 3rd viewing, I caught an almost whispered G-d D@amn from Katy during a car chase. It’s there even if barely noticed.
The language feels appropriate for these characters and situations, but it may not make Shang-Chi appropriate for younger kids in your household.
Violence: What Ages Can Watch Shang-Chi?
This movie is a martial arts-centered movie, so most of the fight scenes will be hand-to-hand combat. There is little blood or gore in the movie, though there is a bit toward the end.
There are guns and knives in the movie as well, but not on a large scale until a large fight scene near the end of the movie.
Think Jackie-Chan movies when trying to compare the violence levels in Shang-Chi.
If your family has concerns about weapons, then Shang-Chi may be ok for younger children since they really are not used too often.
We’d say Shang-Chi is ok for kids 9 and up in general, younger if you are a family that loves martial arts and doesn’t mind a bit of salty language.
Sex and Nudity
Shang-Chi does have a shirtless fight scene, but there are no love interests that result in sex or nudity on screen.
Shang-Chi is kid-friendly on this score!
Is Shang-Chi Too Scary For Kids?
Shang-Chi falls into the category of “weird Marvel,” so there are some moments that might be a bit scary for younger kids.
Specifically, the fight scenes toward the end of the movie are where things get a little intense on a more super-natural scale. You can read more about the scare factors in Shang-Chi here.
What Does PG-13 Means For Shang-Chi?
Ultimately, Shang-Chi gets a PG-13 rating for violence and language.
We feel much of the language could have been removed to try for a PG rating, but toning down the action sequences would have been harder to do.
Ultimately it’s a fair rating that lets parents know this isn’t The Paw Patrol Movie, and there are things you should be aware of before letting young kids watch.
If your kids have seen the other Marvel movies, then they are likely good to go with Shang-Chi.
But the language and violence are a little more than most of the Marvel movies of late. Proceed with caution, but have a great time seeing this one on the biggest screen you can.
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.