Welp, I did it. I either win mother of the year award or whatever is the exact opposite (worst mom of the year?).
Despite all the chatter around the new Guardians of The Galaxy: Volume 3 movie, I decided to do what any parent should do, and make a decision on what they thought was best for their children…
Our decision was to take our 3 kids to see the movie including our younger two. Here’s how it went…
Now, if you have not seen the movie yourself or you’re a parent trying to test the waters on whether or not your children should see the movie, just know, there may be some spoilers ahead…
So, if you don’t want to be spoiled, click away NOW.
Okay, so I think it’s safe to say that if you are still here, you are wondering… How did it go with my younger kids seeing the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie?
Well, to sum it up quickly, it went a lot better than I expected. But I have more of an in-depth review below.
How it went when I took my young kids to see Guardians of The Galaxy: Volume 3 in theaters
For context, my kids are 13, 8 (almost 9) and 4 (almost 5).
My kids have also grown up with superhero movies, video games and they’ve seen the other two Guardian’s of The Galaxy movies.
So, with that being said, I was quite heartbroken when I heard about all the reasons people were saying to NOT let your kids watch the movie.
I knew the rating was 13+ and many parents believed that due to the violence, single solid F-bomb, and animal cruelty, it should have had an R rating.
Honestly, I had just about cancelled our tickets and just had my husband just take our older child because I was that freaked out.
However, we decided to give it a shot and if the movie became “too much”, I would leave the theater with our younger two children.
In the end, we made it all the way through the movie and my kids absolutely loved it.
Side note – we did cover our daughter’s eyes and ears during the part where Rocket watches as his furry friends get murdered.
Other than that scene, I will be honest, it wasn’t much worse than the other movies.
Sure, there was a very prominent F-bomb (one time) and there were a lot of sad moments but overall, the show was done quite well.
There was a ton of action like in other movies along with some happy, laughable moments.
It was a good way to bring the Guardians of The Galaxy to an end while giving us a glimpse into Rocket’s very heartbreaking past.
Of course, my kids got teary eyed and my daughter just wanted Rocket to save all the baby raccoon’s at the end (spoiler – he did).
My kids also really loved how much they highlighted Cosmo (the dog) in the show. My kids really love dogs.
But overall, they handled it so well and truly loved the movie.
I will say that I also think it helped that my husband and I talked to them about those upsetting moments in the film BEFORE we took them to see it.
We gave them a rough detail on what to expect (without spoiling too much) and let them make the decision on whether they thought they could handle it and if they still wanted to see the movie.
They said they could and they did want to still see the movie.
I think in my head, I was expecting it to be a lot worse with more gore and violence (again, not downplaying those scenes at all but I really think I psyched myself out).
So, here’s my two cents…
IF your kids have seen the other movies, they will probably be okay seeing this.
IF your kids can handle some upsetting scenes of animal cruelty and murder (and also realize, it’s not real and no animals were actually harmed), they will probably be okay seeing the movie.
IF your kids can hear one single F-bomb without repeating it or having that turn into a whole thing, they will probably be okay.
And if your kids love the characters of Guardians of The Galaxy, I am sure they will love this show.
And if all else fails, maybe just discuss this movie beforehand with your kids like I did, and ask their opinions.
Allow them to help make a decision on whether or not they should see this movie. Sometimes, our kids know best.