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: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe What Parents Should Know
: Parents need to know that this movie's PG-13 rating comes from a couple of swear words, a clingy wet T-shirt, and — particularly — a great deal of comic book-style violence. It can get very intense and includes not just fires and explosions, but people getting vaporized, shot (off-camera), and impaled. Characters lose people close to them; a group of schoolchildren is in peril; and parents emotionally abuse their children. But the movie's core messages about empathy and responsibility are strong, and Peter Parker is one of the comic book world's more thoughtful heroes. —Common Sense Media
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