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What parents need to know about 'Glass'

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Posted - Jan 18th, 2019 @ 8:04pm



THE COMICS STORE — M. Night Shyamalan’s comic-books inspired superhero trilogy comes to a close with his latest film, “Glass,” in theaters today.

The trilogy started in 2000 with “Unbreakable” and continued with “Split” in 2016.

While “Glass” has some entertaining moments, overall, it’s an uneven and disappointing final installment to Shyamalan’s trilogy.

Here’s what parents need to know about “Glass” before deciding whether or not to bring the whole family out to see the film.

Language

While the profanity in “Glass” isn’t pervasive, it is definitely noticeable.

You’ll find at least one utterance of just about every PG-13-level swear, but R-rated words are absent from this film.

There are probably a total of a dozen or so swears in this film, as well as one rude hand gesture.

Sexuality

Aside from James McAvoy being shown shirtless for most of the movie, there is no sexuality in “Glass.”

Violence

As a high-action superhero thriller, this is the area where “Glass” really earns its PG-13 rating.

There are several quite violent deaths depicted in this film. While viewers usually don’t see the actual killing impact, the aftermath is shown.

For example, a character’s throat is slashed. He is facing away from the camera, and while you don’t see the actual slashing, you do see a moderate amount of blood afterward.

Similarly, a character is shot later in the film. While you don’t see the bullet hit the character, there is a fair amount of blood shown flowing from the wound afterward.

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There’s also one brief scene where a character takes a bite out of another person. Again, the bite itself isn’t shown, but there is some blood seen later.

There are also frequent fight scenes with lots of punching and kicking.

The violence in “Glass” is a bit more intense than what you would see in a Marvel action movie, but it isn’t gratuitous or hyperviolent like you might expect from an R-rated film.

Intensity

Some scenes in “Glass” might be scary for younger viewers.

One scene, in particular, shows a young boy on a carnival ride. As the ride starts getting faster, he crashes into the side of the ride and you hear the cracking as his bones break.

Several scenes are also shown with teenage girls being confined against their will.

Many scenes are dark and ominous and might be too intense for young kids.

Conclusion

You might see that “Glass” is a PG-13-rated film about superheroes and think it’s similar to a Marvel movie like “Black Panther” or “Avengers: Infinity War.”

While the profanity and sexuality content is on-par with those films, the violence is a little more severe than most Marvel movies.

It’s also much darker thematically, dealing with issues of severe trauma and mental illness.

Those things might make “Glass” a little too much for younger kids. And while it’s a comic book-inspired movie, it’s clearly aimed at an adult audience.

"Glass" is rated PG-13 for violence including some bloody images, thematic elements, and language.

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