Transformers the Last Knight kids

The Autobots and the Decepticons may have gotten their start as children's toys, before elevating to a harmless Saturday morning cartoon. But now the Transformers are a blockbuster franchise, and they usually earn their PG-13 rating. The Transformers movies are surprisingly violent, and that doesn't seem to change in Transformers: The Last Knight. The fifth outing for the alien robots is set to hit theaters soon, and a familiar debate has once again re-emerged: is Transformers alright for kids to see? That's up to the parent, but if it's any consolation, Josh Duhamel is taking his.

After starring in the first three Transformers films as Colonel William Lennox, and then taking a break for No. 4, Josh Duhamel is back in Transformers: The Last Knight. This time around Duhamel has a young son, which has sparked a debate in his household over whether his kid is old enough to see his old man fight some robots. Ultimately, Duhamel has decided to bring his son to the premiere, and he told ET Online that he was ready to face any consequences after.

That's a debate that we've had back and forth. Is he too young? He's three... he'll be four almost by the time the movie comes out. So, you know, I'm going to take him to the premiere, so yeah, he is going to see it. I guess I'll deal with the post-traumatic stress after. Those movies are pretty intense, even for adults, [but] he loves swords. He loves all that stuff.

Under the mad eye of Michael Bay, the Transformers, for better or worse, have become synonymous with the summer popcorn blockbuster. The movies are big, loud, crazy punch-fests, full of all the action and explosions you could possibly want. The films have never shied away from going as hard as a PG-13 rating will allow, as multiple human and robot characters meet sometimes gruesome fates. For instance, I seem to remember Optimus Prime ripping the spine out of a Decepticon. The movies are really for teenagers and up, so it's ultimately up to the parents for how badly they want to look cool by letting the kid see the movie.

Transformers: The Last Knight is proving to be the darkest Transformers film yet, as the world is once again in danger of being overrun with evil robots. This time around the threat comes from within as Optimus Prime has gone rogue and must fight Bumblebee, Cade Yaeger, and his former allies as the secret history of the Transformers will be revealed. And there's a bunch of King Arthur stuff, too. Michael Bay is back as director for what he promises to be the last time, with Mark Wahlberg, Isabela Moner, Laura Haddock, Josh Duhamel, and somehow Anthony Hopkins filling out the cast.

Transformer: The Last Knight is all set to hit theaters in just a few short weeks on June 21, 2017.

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