Weekend Open Thread

June 7, 2014

Let’s talk movies.

The other day DD complained to me that the powers-that-be at our gym’s Kids Club will no longer show Frozen, because it’s rated PG.

I pretty much scoffed and said, that’s ridiculous! There’s no way that movie is rated PG!

I was wrong.

Turns out that nowadays, the majority of kids’ movies are getting slapped with a PG rating. Frozen’s offense? “Mild action and rude humor.” Huh?

Tangled got a PG for a brief moment of stabbing violence that was just fine for “all audiences” in Beauty In the Beast.  The Muppets got a PG rating for uh… making parents cry in front of their children as mom and/or dad realized they never got to say goodbye to Jim Henson?  Aww, crap… I’m welling up again. Anyway, Free Birds got a PG just a month ago despite having no sexual content, no profanity, and a token amount of violence. This isn’t about out-and-out action pictures like Kung Fu Panda 2 or Puss In Boots earning PG-ratings for brutal action and some genuinely adult story elements. This is about Universal’s The Lorax getting a PG for “brief mild language” and Despicable Me 2 getting a PG for scenes of the Minions smacking each other around.

Meanwhile, PG-13 movies have insane amounts of gory violence, but say the F word once or show a boob and BOOM – Rated R.

Which is all to say, our movie rating system is f*cked up, yo.

If I find a movie questionable, I tend to check Common Sense Media or ask other parents. In the case of the Harry Potter movies and even The Wizard of Oz, I made sure DD read the books before watching the movies (I read with her) so that she would know what to expect on screen.

Do you remember watching inappropriate movies when you were younger?

Two come to mind for me: Purple Rain at age 9 (my aunt Gloria/big sister I never had took me. BAD INFLUENCE!), and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (also age 9). That movie was crazy violent, and RATED PG. Dear lord.

How do you determine which movies are appropriate for your kids to watch? What else is on your mind? Chat away!