Snow White and The Huntsman parents guide: Is the movie appropriate for kids?

(L-R) Producer Joe Roth, actors Sam Claflin, Kristen Stewart and director Rupert Sanders arrive at the special screening of Snow White and The Huntsman held at Mann Village Theater in Westwood. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
(L-R) Producer Joe Roth, actors Sam Claflin, Kristen Stewart and director Rupert Sanders arrive at the special screening of Snow White and The Huntsman held at Mann Village Theater in Westwood. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images) /
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With great visual effects, a star-studded cast, and a new take on a classic we all know, Snow White and the Huntsman premiered back in 2012 and was, unsurprisingly, a box office success. The movie was directed by Rupert Sanders and follows Snow White (Kristen Stewart) as she escapes her evil stepmother and is hunted down in the woods by Eric the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth). For those looking for the movie to stream, it was recently added to Netflix U.S.

In addition to Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth, the cast of Snow White and The Huntsman also includes Charlize Theron as the evil stepmother Queen Ravenna, Sam Claflin as William, Sam Spruell as Finn, and others. We also get to know the dwarves, with familiar faces like Ian McShane, Toby Jones, and the late Bob Hoskins portraying the characters. Though the movie didn’t wow critics or audiences, it still made enough money to warrant a second installment, The Huntsman: Winter’s War, which came out in 2016.

Snow White and The Huntsman is by no means a perfect movie, but it’s still a fun take on a familiar story and one a younger audience might enjoy. But just because it’s based on a children’s fairytale doesn’t mean it’s exactly for young kids. We’d recommend this one for pre-teens and teenagers. Let’s get into why.

Snow White and The Huntsman age rating and parents guide

The 2012 action-adventure movie has an official MPAA rating of PG-13, which means some of the scenes featured might be inappropriate for kids under the age of 13. Parents and/or guardians are advised to either watch the movie with their children or watch it without them ahead of time to judge it for themselves. The rating is because of “intense sequences of violence and action, and brief sensuality.”

According to IMDb’s Parents Guide, parents have reported scenes of mild sex and nudity, as well as mild profanity. The violence and gore in the movie are rated moderate, with scenes of stabbing, axe-throwing, arrow-shooting, blood, and death shown. People have also reported the movie potentially being too frightening for young audiences.

Snow White and The Huntsman deals with mature elements, but not enough to warrant an R-rating, which means this is probably a perfect movie for pre-teens and teenagers. Of course, it’s up to the parent or guardian’s discretion, but this is our recommendation. Need to watch the trailer to get a better feel? Watch it here:

Looking for movies on Netflix like Snow White and The Huntsman for a younger audience? Check out Charming, which is rated TV-Y7, Peter Pan, which is PG, and A Witches’ Ball, which is also PG.

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