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She-Hulk: Attorney at Law Review | Safe for Kids?
Strong female empowerment or just a second-rate Hulk with a side of raging woman hormones?
In another series of firsts for Marvel, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law starring Tatianna Maslany as Jennifer Walters, is the all-new 9-episode television series streaming on Disney+ every Thursday starting August 18, 2022. But is this long-time coming Marvel fan-service show the even better Hulk release we’ve been waiting for or a letdown series ending for Phase IV?
In this She-Hulk: Attorney at Law Review | Safe for Kids?, I’m breaking down the visuals, the story, a full TV-14 age rating explanation for violence, adult themes and language, and what kids’ age recommendation is suggested for this nine episode Disney+ series in this full She-Hulk parents guide to the show. A no-spoiler parent review of the new streaming television show, how does She-Hulk compare to Moon Knight, Hawkeye, Loki, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, and the other Marvel movies that we love? And most importantly, is She-Hulk ok for kids to watch with the family?
Wait a minute. How tall is She-Hulk? I’ll admit that I wasn’t sure what I was expecting to see as She-Hulk graced the television screen, but I wasn’t completely sold on the comic book portrayal of her 6 foot 7 inch frame with perfectly quaffed hair on my Disney+ streaming service. Created as a more well-rounded, down-to-earth, emotionally stable Barbie doll-esque Amazonian woman than savage Hulk monster origin story, this heavy green CGI superhero gives off mixed emotions with her dowdy, covered wardrobe and yet perfectly sculpted and gorgeous Marvel body vibe.
Is she the Marvel superhero who little girls and women look up to or trying too hard to be relatable to “every girl” with stiff CGI movements and unrealistic visuals, that’s for you to decide. But for Marvel, I was actually a little underwhelmed with the She-Hulk visuals.
Created by Jessica Gao and co-directed by Kat Coiro (“Marry Me“) for 6 episodes and Anu Valia (“Awkwafina is Nora from Queens“) for 3 episodes, She-Hulk is the modern day superhero sitcom. Emmy award-winning and Marvel newcomer Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black“) stars as Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk in this 9-episode streaming series along with co-stars Ginger Gonzaga (“Mixology“) as Walters’ paralegal Nikki Ramos, Josh Segarra (“Arrow“) as lawyer Augustus “Pug” Pugliese, and Jameela Jamil (“DC League of Super Pets“) as Titania. Plus a few familiar faces.
First of all, I want to praise Marvel for exploring yet another type of genre for a streaming series. Always pushing the envelope on creativity and taking risks on Marvel storytelling, She-Hulk is certainly a refreshing new series that gives audiences yet another exciting spin on modern day TV. Fitting more into the modern day sitcom style with some Deadpool-ish POV audience camera humor, the She-Hulk: Attorney at Law show brings a lighter, girl-powered, down-to-earth, anti-superhero show that’s relatable to the 20 and 30-something year old woman of today.
But the risk of exploring the comedy sitcom space doesn’t entirely pay off for me. It’s like Marvel is trying too hard to NOT be a Marvel show. A superficial sitcom with a one note main character and not enough time to go deep into the character building, relationships and storytelling that Marvel is SO good at within the short 30-minute episodes, doesn’t really engage the audience into She-Hulk’s believability as the new Marvel girl in town.
While the first episode really hypes everyone up with great character interaction, dialogue, and humor, everything begins to spiral out of control for Episodes 2, 3, and 4. Relying heavily on name dropping, Marvel Easter Eggs, pop culture references and high profile cameos, the focus shifts from the audience’s relationship with Walters to the already established relationships with characters we love. But if you’re into a more “casual” Marvel show with girl-power, adult humor, and glossed over themes, then this new series is for you.
Honestly, I’m not sold on She-Hulk…yet.
That TV-14 Rating
Is She-Hulk: Attorney at Law safe for kids? As we all know, not every Marvel series is the same. Remember that surprise curveball WandaVision episode? Or that intense The Falcon and the Winter Soldier scene? Or how about a whole Moon Knight horror thriller series? With Marvel streaming shows unpredictable these days, ranging from Ms. Marvel calm to Moon Knight intense, is the new She-Hulk series about to shock our television screens once again? Or is this more of the Marvel predictable age rating for kids, like Loki and Hawkeye?
Why is She-Hulk: Attorney at Law rated TV-14? In this She-Hulk: Attorney at Law Review | Safe for Kids, the 6 episode She-Hulk television series has a TV rating of TV-14 for “violence, language, and suggestive material.” But is this strong female superhero empowering our little girls with her words and actions – or insinuating adult-only Let’s breakdown that TV age rating in this She-Hulk: Attorney at Law parents guide. *Please note, this TV-14 LVS rating breakdown is strictly for the episode one, episode two, episode three and episode four only.
Violence. Um, she is a Hulk cousin. And much like Bruce Banner, Jennifer Walters has some angry, violent tendencies that show-off her superhuman attributes. Punching (yes, even in the face), fighting, use of handheld weapons and discussion of a “shiv” – similar to what we have seen and expect from Marvel. However, the intensity of gore increases (not as high as Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness level) with larger amounts of blood and open wounds, a bloody organ, and intense vehicular action sequences with mild suspense.
Language. She-Hulk being the strong attorney female that she is, certainly does not hold back when it comes to using language in her new show. She-Hulk is not quite Guardians of the Galaxy level of language vulgarity, but she’s not as clean as WandaVision or Ms. Marvel either. Jennifer Walters comes across more down and dirty with many, many bad language and insulting words throughout the four episodes that I got to screen. Episodes 1 and 2 are more vulgar than Episodes 3 and 4.
Unlike her cousin Bruce Banner, Jennifer Walters swears more like a sailor, with a wide selection of choice swear words including “d!ck,” “bulls!t,” “sh!t,” “@ss,” “d@mmit,” “h-e-double-hockey sticks,” the f-word cutoff mid word (as in “fu…”), “sucks,” “bullcra…,” and multiple middle finger gestures to more milder language and insult uses including “crud,” “bloody” (the England use), “oh shoot,” “dumb,” “freak out,” “punk,” “farts”, “poop,” “ding-dongs,” over 20 uses of “Oh g-d,” “oh my g-d,” “Jesus” (yes, the actual name) and “geeze.”
Adult Themes. Ironically enough, those monster-like She-Hulk traits we thought were coming seem to fall more under the adult themes of the show versus the violence portion. She is ALL woman, and she’s not afraid to flaunt it, with phrase references to “thirst trap,” “#MeToo movement,” “swiping,” “hot face,” “such a specimen,” and more that you may NOT want your children to Google on the internet.
There’s also just enough sexual innuendo to make parents uncomfortable without crossing the very fine line of nudity. While the actual act itself isn’t seen on screen (or at least not yet), discussions of superhero virginity, “having sex,” close call kissing and references to kissing, sexy, tight fitting clothes and bare midriffs, adult straddling on top of another adult (fully clothed), insinuating overnight stays between consenting adults, vanity and referring to someone’s “hotness” for dates, dating app references, questionable dance moves, and inferred nakedness (nothing shown). NOT quite Eternals level, but it’s close. Really close.
And that’s just the suggestive content. One rampant theme throughout She-Hulk is alcohol. From overconsumption (shots, beer, liquor, cocktails) in each episode to dialogue about alcohol to acting drunk at bars and in public, alcohol is very prominent in every episode of She-Hulk so far as a coping mechanism, source for fun and entertainment, and punchlines. She’s in her mid-30’s “living her best life.”
Episode 5 Review | 29 minutes – One of the more mild episodes. No violence. 1 profanity of sh!t, and 3 “oh my g-d” mentions. Scene of drinking shots and mention of “hangover.” Overall one of the more kid-friendly She-Hulk episodes.
Episode 6 Review | 28 minutes – For a short episode, there’s a lot of violence, adult themes AND bad language. Perhaps making this condensed episode one of the more “NOT kid friendly” episodes. Profanity includes 2 mentions of “@ss,” 1 h-e-double-hockey-sticks, one “crap,” and 2 “Oh my g-d” phrases. Violence includes hand-to-hand combat, including punches directly to the face, man jumping out of a building, and multiple descriptive instances of suicide/self-killing attempts including “swallowed a cyanide pill.” Multiple scenes with consumption of alcohol, acting drunk, and vomiting. Discussion of “boobs” and provocative clothing also.
Episode 7 Review | 32 minutes – Mental health, spirituality, self-awareness, – She-Hulk’s growth is showing. This episode of She-Hulk is welcoming after Hurricane Ian. Overall, mild on violence. Adult themes include one shot of alcohol consumed, inferred overnight stay with inferred (but nothing seen) nakedness with multiple verbal references to “sleeping with someone,” “made love,” “thirsty,” and “slept together.” Language is much heavier in Episode 7 as well. 1 “@sshole,” 1 “d@mn,” 1 “d@mmit,” 3 “h-e-double-hockey-sticks” references, 2 “sucks,” 4 “oh my g-d,” and milder phrases like “screw him” and “freaking out.” New mid credit still images.
What She-Hulk Age Rating is Recommended for Kids?
Is She-Hulk: Attorney at Law kid friendly? With short 28-35 minute episodes (some of the shortest in Marvel live-action series release history), one would certainly think that She-Hulk is in the kid friendly realm as far as a Marvel show would go. With the bonus of being able to stream from the comfort of your home couch, that certainly adds another level of kid-friendliness for kids and teens.
However, this lawyer dialogue heavy yet casual sitcom-style She-Hulk series presents a multitude of bad language references, sexually suggestive material plus other questionable adult themes may teeter on the border of the Eternals scene controversy (Episode 4, I’m looking at you) throughout each episode. Is She-Hulk kid friendly? I would tread very lightly, especially for parents looking to compare to Avengers-type Marvel entertainment. The added and emphasized “suggestive material” throughout this She-Hulk show may be too much for young kids.
What child age is recommended to watch She-Hulk? What child age is She-Hulk: Attorney at Law recommended for? While rated TV-14 like some of the other popular Marvel streaming series currently available, the added layer of suggestive content of this She-Hulk show makes this one a little too racy with themes that are too much for my 9-year old daughter and borderline too uncomfortable for even my 13-year old son to watch with all of the innuendo.
Considering the full TV-14 rating breakdown above, this parent movie reviewer would not recommend She-Hulk: Attorney at Law for kids younger than 11-12 years old, and a very mature 11-12 years old at that. I still highly recommend parents prescreening the She-Hulk series for the appropriateness of the multiple suggestive adult themes and language throughout the series – and this only covers for the first four episodes. With 5 more episodes to go, the possibility of exponentially increasing instances of sexual content and more language are highly plausible.
Overall, Jennifer Walters is “meh” for me. This She-Hulk Barbie girl is living in a superficial Marvel world. And honestly, I don’t buy the lawyer/downplayed superhero bit she’s selling. A casual show without much depth (so far), She-Hulk comes across as a second rate Hulk release afterthought subset versus an in-depth fan dedication for a well-loved comic book character who literally embodies female empowerment. This one-note hokey anti-superhero superhero had my hype building in episode one and two and quickly had my heart drop without much story substance or character building for episodes three and four.
It feels like Marvel is really leaning on cameo drops and light dot connections versus a true She-Hulk origin story with as much creativity, plot twists and character depth as some of our most beloved Marvel movies and shows. But, to it’s credit, She-Hulk is the first series that feels like a real TV show – and not a Marvel mini-movie series.
But if Moon Knight can do the Marvel magic thing within 6 episodes, than maybe there’s hope for She-Hulk too? With 5 more episodes remaining and a promise of a new Avengers team and potential for She-Hulk Season 2, She-Hulk has the opportunity to surprise us all with more than just attorney jargon, girl-power, sexual jokes and female sarcasm. Because I REALLY am trying to connect with my strong, green childhood comic book heroine, y’all (yes, I did read She-Hulk comics as a kid). But she’s not sticking the landing on likeability right now. Also I need a Daredevil and She-Hulk crossover pronto.
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She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, the all-new 2022 9-episode Marvel series premieres exclusively on Disney+ starting Thursday, August 18, 2022 with new releases every Thursday through October 13, 2022. Will your family be watching?
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