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Age by Age Review For: Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3

In Theaters Now
Best For Tweens (10-12)
Rated PG-13
Age-By-Age Guide
Action Adventure | Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) is forced to don his Iron Man suit when a terrorist called Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) takes over the airwaves, threatens the President and wreaks havoc on the United States.

Audiences love the Iron Man franchise because Robert Downey, Jr. is so charismatic and he offers a refreshing irreverence to a field full of superheroes who tend to take themselves a little too seriously. Unlike previous Marvel fare, though, this third installment is more reality-based than comic book-like. It deals with politics and events that could have been plucked straight from the headlines, making it appropriate for older viewers rather than the action figure set (despite the fact that Dora the Explorer does have a starring role!). Older tweens will enjoy every 3D minute and will find it empowering that, more than his heavy duty metal, Stark's real success comes from his unrelenting mettle.
Baby (0-2)
No This movie is intended for older children.
Preschool (3-5)
No This movie is intended for older children.
Kids (6-9)
No This movie is intended for older children.
Tweens (10-12)
Maybe With more than two hours of explosive action, death and destruction, the movie is just not geared toward younger viewers. Twelve-year-olds will appreciate the fact that Stark inadvertently ends up with a little boy as his sidekick, and they'll find it empowering that his girlfriend, Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow), becomes a superhero in her own right. They'll also get the message that, in order to have a real connection with another person, you have to take off the armor--both literally and figuratively--and they'll be glad to see that underneath his suit, the Tin Man actually has a heart.
--Lois Alter Mark, the Flicks for Kids Expert
Points For Parents
Movie Pluses

  • Good triumphs over evil
  • Empowers viewers
  • Proves that mettle is more important than metal
Movie Minuses

  • Massive destruction and graphic violence
  • Some profanity
  • Suggestiveness
  • Alcohol consumption