The latest film in the Spider-Man series is due for world-wide release on December 16/17. As we’ve come to expect, the film hasn’t yet been classified in Australia nor rated in the US or UK. But the publicity has been out for months, with anticipation mounting. As usual, some of the promotion strategies have been aimed at the young, regardless of the fact that the film is likely to be classified M (not recommended under 15 years).

The film also is likely to glamourise violence (i.e the hero is good at it, and is applauded/rewarded for using it – a risky model for children). So why have Adelaide’s Sunday Mail children’s pages (Nov 21) carried a Spider-Man:No Way Home colouring-in competition with prize packs that include free tickets? All this just adds to the myth that this film will be okay for the kids. 

See our full review of the movie on the Children & Media Australia website: Spiderman: No Way Home