(Closed) NWR: R rated Movies & kids

posted 7 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@.twist.: This drives me nuts with parents! I went and saw that movie for my birthday and they CUT THE TONGUE out of someone. Ummm…not something I would ever ever bring a child to see. 

I have an aunt who lets her kids watch all of the LOTR movies (which are pretty violent if you are 10-14) and other PG-13 movies that are In My Humble Opinion very violent for someone their age. He already is a hooligan who struggled when he was younger with lashing out at other family members by biting them, throwing heavy things at their head, harrassing them, etc. Then one day my aunt walks in the room to my brother playing a video game (I think it was 007) and since my cousin was watching my brother play it and beating people up in it (can’t remember if there were guns in it) she went downstairs and in front of all of the extended family made a scene, started screaming how dare my dad not moniter what my 18 year old brother was playing, etc. I wanted to be like…how are the movies you let your child watch any different?!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I completely agree with you.  When I see kids in violent movies like that, I am always appalled. I’ve seen kids with their parents watching slasher/scary movies, and it just makes NO sense to me.  One of my ex boyfriends like to joke that I was “sheltered” because I didn’t grow up watching Nightmare on Elm Street, etc., but frankly, I’ll be that.  And my kids will too. 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Yikes.  I wasn’t allowed to watch rated R movies until I was 14/15, and then I was only allowed to watch them if my mom watched it first and said it was ok.  I have a 6 year old nephew and I can’t imagine letting him watch something like that.  Even movies like Hocus Pocus or the Nightmare Before Christmas are too scary for him!

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

While that is not the choice I would make for my kids (9 and 4), I try not to judge the decisions other parents make. Who knows what converstion they had before and after the movie about it being fake.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper

My jaw drops sometimes when I see little kids in R-rated movies. I’ll never forget all the little kids who were in the theater with us during “Funny People.” Awkward!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@.twist.:yeah, my aunt’s form of parenting is yelling at them from across the room or asking her husband to take care of them. I was “sheltered” too and while I wouldn’t be as sheltered as I am (not allowed to watch Doug or Rugrats even) I want to keep some innocence for my children. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

This is something that bothers me to the EXTREME. I’m sorry, but if a child is under 13 I don’t think they should be allowed in an R-rated move (or even PG-13) period. Even with a parent. If you want to watch that stuff with them at home, fine, but it’s just disturbing and disruptive for other movie-goers.

We went to see Scream 4 when it came out, which is obviously extremely violent, and a woman walks in with a stroller AND a 4-year-old. The infant screamed and cried for half the film, and the little boy kept asking loud questions and laughing like a maniac every time someone was murdered (which disturbed me the most). Oy.

My friend who used to work at a theater said she routinely saw people bringing young children into movies like Saw and other torture porn films like it was nothing.

Honestly, I don’t care if you talk to your child about it being fake or not. The point is, there are certain violent films that go above and beyond and stick with me as an adult with a fully developed brain. To expose your young children to that I just find absolutely irresponsible. I’m not for completely sheltering kids, but bringing them to a graphic film isn’t really, IMO, the best way to open a dialogue.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

@.twist.: Like I said, not a decision I would have made (my kids don’t even watch Sponge Bob because I think the sexual references are inappropriate), but as long as their kid wasn’t obviously hurt or tramatised, I try not to judge.

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I agree.  Kids and R rated movies don’t mix.  Kind of sad 🙁

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

@.twist.: Unfortunately true 🙁 Now if he were crying and obviously upset I would go to a worker at the movie theater and have them be asked to leave. Until movie theaters make it so no one under a certain age can see it even with their parents, you will always have those that make questionable choices.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@ieatunicorns:  I kinda agree.  I got grounded for a month for watching an R-rated movie at 15 (!) but my husband’s father started taking him to R-rated movies at like 7.  Obviously, we both turned out ok.  I think it’s hard to judge on a single incident like this, though.  You can’t know happened before/after the movie that encouraged the parents to make the choice they did.

We plan on censoring what our children see/hear.  Even now, we change the radio station when an inappropriate song comes on and we don’t really have the tv on when she’s awake.  There’s a lot of stuff that’s even marketed to kids that I think is too much, so we probably lean towards the stricter side, in my house.

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