Plot Summary and Parent reviews for Shazam

Very funny, family values, some scary demon creatures, no sex

I saw an early release of this film today with our 10 year old who is easily frightened. I always look to common sense media to see if a movie will be too scary for my own son, so I decided to return the favor today. Despite the PG 13 rating, overall I do not think this movie was scary, especially in comparison to other superhero movies, but I will go over the scary and violent scenes so you can determine for yourself if your child can view it:



1. There was a car accident scene and a man was thrown though the windshield. He did not die, but was bloody and it was jarring.

2. The villain controlled demon-like creatures which were supposed to be the seven deadly sins. These creatures were monotone with red glowing eyes but large and rather frightening, and would battle civilians and the hero (known as Shazam).

3. There was one very intense scene with the seven deadly sins attacked civilians. This scene also had fratricide and patricide, which obviously could be distressing to see. (I think that without this scene, the movie could have been PG, and without this scene it would be comparable in scariness to the 2015 Goosebumps movie starring Jack Black).

4. There were some intense action moments of peril.

5. There was shooting, but the hero is bullet proof, so he did not get hurt. But if your child will not understand not to imitate that behavior, I would not recommend the movie.

6. There were scenes when the main character was being subjected to painful "tests" by his friend, to see what his superpowers were. Again, if your child will not understand not to imitate that behavior, I would not recommend the movie.

Other things which MAY be considered inappropriate are the fact that the main character Bobby is slightly disrespectful of authority, and he goes into a "Gentleman's Club" although we only see the outside, we do not see any scantily clad women at all. What did the movie NOT have? The movie did not have any blood as a result of violence (except for one character getting a cut) .

There is no swearing, although in one scene the "F" word is obviously bleeped out, said over television which the characters are watching. Other than seeing the outside of the Gentleman's Club, there is no sex and no allusions to sex nor anything sexy at all. There is no drinking, smoking, nor drugs. There is no bloody violence.

Overall though this was a great movie. It was funny. We were laughing throughout. It also had good messages about friendship and family, as the main character Bobby becomes part of a foster family who he learns to bond with and love, and he learns how to become a good friend. I would recommend this movie if you think your child will not be too scared of the demon characters and understands not to "try this at home" (referring to the superhero power tests). Looking forward to the sequel.


Plot Summary Shazam Movie


We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson's case, by shouting out one word - SHAZAM. - this streetwise fourteen-year-old foster kid can turn into the grown-up superhero Shazam.

In Philadelphia, Billy Batson is an abandoned child who is proving a nuisance to Child Services and the authorities with his stubborn search for his lost mother. However, in his latest foster home, Billy makes a new friend, Freddy, and finds himself selected by the Wizard Shazam to be his new champion. Now endowed with the ability to instantly become an adult superhero by speaking the wizard's name, Billy gleefully explores his new powers with Freddy. However, Billy soon learns that he has a deadly enemy, Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, who was previously rejected by the wizard and has accepted the power of the Seven Deadly Sins instead. Now pursued by this mad scientist for his own power as well, Billy must face up to the responsibilities of his calling while learning the power of a special magic with his true family that Sivana can never understand.

—Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

Shazam. explores Billy Batson's life; an abandoned 14-year-old looking for his parents; isolating himself from anyone willing to give him anything until he is given a final chance to settle in with a new foster family (themselves orphans) hoping they can help him see sense. Billy finds himself out of his depth quickly and it ends as so many had before; him running away. But this time; he runs into a powerful wizard and must take the mantle of Shazam. Leaving him with a confusing face, a confusing body, confusing powers, and no-one to turn to, but his foster family.

—Adam Zenasni

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