This weekend sees the release of The Suicide Squad – writer/director James Gunn’s hilarious comic book movie, about a team of convicts given time off their prison sentence if they carry out deadly missions. The movie stars Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, and Viola Davis, is a sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad, and features popular DC characters such as Harley Quinn and Captain Boomerang.

If you live in the US, you can view The Suicide Squad in movie theatres or (for a limited time) through HBO MAX. For the rest of the world, this film is a cinema release only.

So, that’s what The Suicide Squad is, and that’s how you can watch it, but what is the age rating of the movie, and more importantly, is The Suicide Squad suitable for a 13-year-old? Your child is a big fan of James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy movies, so is this the same kind of thing, right?

Well, no, not exactly.

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In terms of being an ensemble piece filled with misfit characters, and plenty of humour, The Suicide Squad has a lot in common with the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. However, in terms of its tone, its use of language, and the amount of violence in the picture, The Suicide Squad is a lot more adult-orientated than those Marvel movies.

This is important to know, because The Suicide Squad is not a family-friendly movie like the Guardians of the Galaxy films. The Suicide Squad has a harder edge, with more graphic imagery, and has not been produced with young audiences in mind.  

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In the US, The Suicide Squad is rated ‘R’, which means the film is considered ‘restricted’. Movies given an ‘R’ rating contain adult material, and parents are urged to learn more about the movie before taking their young children to the cinema to watch the film.

A 13-year-old can watch an ‘R’ rated movie, but it is at the parent’s discretion. In short: It all depends on what parents think is suitable for their child.

In the UK, The Suicide Squad carries a 15 certificate, which means the movie is only suitable for those aged 15 or above. Legally, those who are younger than 15 are not able to view The Suicide Squad in cinemas, regardless of whether they are accompanied by an adult or not.

According to the British Board of Film Classification, The Suicide Squad contains “strong bloody violence, gore, language” and “brief drug misuse”. In terms of the violence in the movie, the BBFC says it includes “shootings, stabbings, slashings, decapitations, limbs being cut off, people being crushed, melted, torn apart and exploding. Much of the violence has a darkly comic tone, and results in bloody detail and gory images.”

So, is it suitable for a 13-year-old? According to the BBFC no.

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Having watched the movie myself, I can confirm The Suicide Squad is gory, and contains multiple death scenes. The film features material which is adult in tone, including brief nudity and various swear words, and it certainly deserves its ‘15’ certificate in the UK.

As to whether it is suitable for your child, I can’t tell you what is or what isn’t suitable – only you really know your child. But based on the age ratings, if your child is 13 and lives in the UK, then it is a no-go when it comes to watching The Suicide Squad in the cinema, whereas for US citizens, letting your 13-year-old watch The Suicide Squad is purely at your discretion, but you really should check it out first as some of the material might be stronger than you think.

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