My husband’s birthday was two weeks ago and his awesome sister watched the kids so we could go to a movie. Because it was his day, he chose District 9. If it were mine, we would have seen Julia & Julia, but I sacrificed.
We were sitting down eating popcorn when a woman and two boys entered. The boys were around 10- and 8-years-old. District 9 is Rated R, which the Motion Picture Association of America explains as “Under 17 Requires Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian due to the adult themes of hard language, intense or persistent violence, sexually-oriented nudity, and drug abuse.”
The boys did have an adult with them, but should she have brought boys that age to see a movie where a man eats prawn-like aliens?
I’m pretty conservative when it comes to what movies I allow my girls to watch. My 5-year-old has just recently been allowed to see some PG rated movies. We do a lot of research first to make sure the movie will be appropriate for her. One website I like is Kids in Mind. It breaks down everything about a movie and allows a parent to decide if they feel comfortable letting their child see it.
What do you think? Do you follow movie ratings or do you feel that you can decide on your own what is appropriate for your child?
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