May 31, 2009

What Planet Do I Live On?

Have you watched the movie, "Yes Man" with Jim Carrey? It is PG-13.

My kids watched it the other day. We were in Pop's vehicle driving down for family dinner in Fort Lauderdale and his vehicle has an onboard DVD player. Yes Man was the movie rented and so we watched it on the way down.

My eldest is 14, middle aged 12, and youngest 9. The movie hits smack in the middle of my oldest boys for PG-13 and the youngest will be 10... and pretty much watches and hears what the eldest boys watch.

I figured, eh, language, we'd be OK. There is a variation for PG-13, and I'd not researched this one. Spiderman and Harry Potter are PG-13.

Right.

If you've seen the movie, you know there is a scene in the movie that is... just not nice. As I watched this movie in Pop's vehicle, I called up to my spouse, who was driving and said, "WHAT IS THIS RATED????"

Folks, it's not the fact my youngest is 9... the movie is PG-13 and I wouldn't want my 14 year old watching this scene! It's an R rated scene!

It really pisses me off...

The thing is, I am hearing all sorts of stories about Middle School kids and oral sex. I'm hearing stories of High School girls giving blow jobs to any guy and not caring. Both bother me, but Middle School bothers me most.

On many levels.

And to think that Hollywood would think a scene with oral sex, pretty explicit, is OK for Middle School kids (age 13)? Or age 14? Really???

Posted by Boudicca at May 31, 2009 09:42 PM
Comments

Face it, PG-13 movies aren't safe anymore. Things once reserved for hardcore R movies are becoming commonplace in PG-13 movies. Not helping is the current teen culture that promotes oral and anal sex (sorry to get crude) as purely recreational and acceptable alternatives to "going all the way", as we used to call it. Yeah, whatever.

A good site for reviewing movies before your kids see them is Screenit.com. It goes into full detail about every scene that could be considered objectionable, as well as a profanity count. It even gives an objective review, indicating whether it would be more enjoyable by kids or adults, or both.

Posted by: diamond dave at May 31, 2009 11:36 PM

You'd be a amazed how it is with many people who don't have kids. They don't have the first clue as to what might be objectionable. *sigh* It's amazing, this failure to remember that kids are kids - not mini adults. Disturbing too.

If I ever recommend either books or movies to people who have kids - I always tell the parents to watch it/read it first. That way they'll know if it's okay. I was never able to stomach the rating thing what I think is right is seldom Hollywood's idea. Then again my kids were in only on the beginning of all the VHS stuff and we got there late - so we were lucky in a way.

BTW - did I ever tell you to watch The Dish? Definitely great for the boys to see - your parents would love watching it with them and telling them where they were when the first moon launch happened. Your parents will even remember most of the footage and the audio - I was 11 when it happened and remembered it all immediately. Excellent - funny - very moving - and I can't believe it was ever allowed to be seen because it's the antithesis of anything Hollywood. (and that movie needs no caveat at all).

Posted by: Teresa at June 1, 2009 12:07 AM

I see any pg-13 movie before I let my kids watch it.

Posted by: Graumagus at June 1, 2009 10:27 AM

yeh, i was appalled when my sister's in-laws told them they had to take the kids (7,9,11) to see iron man. my sister usually looks up the movies (on a site like diamond dave recommended) but figured if the grandparents were recommending it, it was fine. they dragged the kids out ten minutes into it. i don't have kids but i know what is and is not acceptable for them to watch. i don't see how people don't get that.

Posted by: arcanai at June 1, 2009 03:46 PM

I can understand previewing movies for my 9 year old. I read up on a lot of movies before I let him see them.

But a PG-13 movie for my 14 year old? It is irritating that with my 14 year old I have to preview PG-13 films.

Really.

Hollywood is so full of smut. It irks me to no end.

Posted by: Bou at June 1, 2009 10:11 PM