On November 15, 2013, young leukemia patient Miles Scott got his wish to become Batman when San Francisco transformed itself into Gotham City to become Miles's playground -- a singular act of charity that became an Internet sensation.
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- Dana Nachman
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PGParental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
Spanish (Neutral), French, Portuguese, English SDHClosed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DVS - Descriptive Video ServiceOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Batkid Begins is an unabashedly emotional, uplifting documentary about the day in 2013 that the city of San Francisco transformed itself into Gotham to help a young boy's Make-A-Wish dream come true. Packed with excellent messages and role models, the film makes a strong case for the positive power of social media when it's used for a good cause (Twitter and Facebook helped make the event a global phenomenon) and shows how people really can make a difference. Discussion of young Miles' illness (leukemia) and treatment could worry some sensitive kids, and there are a few tense scenes staged for Batkid's big day (a woman tied to cable car tracks, fights with villains, etc.), but overall this is a wonderfully heartwarming story for viewers of all ages, with basically zero iffy content. (It's also a love letter to San Francisco; many local landmarks and businesses are featured, and you may find yourself wanting to book a trip there after the credits roll.)
- Lots of discussion about Miles' leukemia diagnosis (which came at the age of 18 months) and subsequent treatment; the talk of illness and his parents' concern could make some kids worried/sad. Some tense situations are staged for Batkid's adventures (woman tied to cable car tracks, kidnapping of a local sports mascot, fights with villains), but most viewers will recognize them as pretend. Images of the animated Joker on TV in background of early scenes.
- One use of "dear God."
- Social Behavior
- Nothing is impossible, especially if you work together for a good cause. Social media is a powerful tool that can be used positively in the right circumstances. When you're given a platform to speak from, use it for good. Make a difference, work hard to fulfill your dreams, and keep fighting no matter what. Family and friends are always there for you. No matter how daunting an idea might seem, if you have the right team, you can make it happen.
- Brief clips of Batman cartoon on TV; lots of San Francisco landmarks/locations/businesses (SF Giants, AT&T Park, Burger Bar, Cheesecake Factory, Lucasfilm, Uber, Clever Girls Collective, SF Opera, etc.); Make-A-Wish and social media brands mentioned frequently (Twitter, Facebook, etc.). All is in context of the story, though, and not product placement.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- A party photo shows adults with wine glasses in hand.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it