Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is an action adventure film set within the DC Extended Universe – the same universe that boasts The Man of Steel (2013), Wonder Woman (2017) and Shazam! (2019). The film features an ensemble cast that includes Ewan Mcgregor, Rosie Perez, and Jurnee Smollett-Bell, as well as Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.

The trailers and promotion material for the film highlight the colourful and comedic vibe of the picture, at times making it appear to be something of a live-action cartoon. But is Birds of Prey suitable for kids?

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In the UK, Birds of Prey has been awarded a 15 certificate, which means it is suitable for audiences who are aged 15 and above. As such, anyone below this age will not legally be permitted to view the movie at the cinema.

According to the BBFC, the reason Birds of Prey is classified as a 15 is because the movie contains ‘strong violence, injury detail, language, (and) sexual threat.’

While Birds of Prey might inhabit the same world as other DC movies, this particular picture is geared more towards an adult audience. Not so much to warrant an 18 certificate (awarded to films suitable for audiences aged 18+), but certainly not intended for young families.


Birds of Prey contains swear words throughout, plus the majority of the action scenes – of which there are many – are either graphic or violent. There is also some dark imagery, including a torture/death scene involving the characters, Black Mask and Mr. Zsasz.

If you are familiar with the film Deadpool (2016), then you will understand when I say that Birds of Prey follows a similar tone and path, and is therefore not suitable for children. Audiences below the age of 15 will be intrigued by the movie due to its off-the-wall comedy and over-the-top cast of characters, but it contains material that does ask parents to be mindful of the age rating.

I hope this information on Birds of Prey has proved useful to you. Should you wish to know more about the age ratings for the Batman films, then check out my post: How old do you need to be to watch the Batman movies? Alternatively, check out one of the posts below for more Batman movie-related posts.

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