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11/2/07 5:18 P

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Hey there, I'm new to the group and had to reply to this thread, as I'm in the minority.

My son (who is now 8) has always been very mature and I do let him watch films that are violent/scary. We're a family of horror movie lovers, and he's seen most of the contemporary zombie, ghost and alien movies. I draw the line at movies like Saw, The Hills Have Eyes, and Hostel, but for different reasons.

Now here's why I have no problem letting him watch what he wants: Unlike some other parents, I sit and watch the movie with him, NEVER make him stay if he doesn't want to, and DISCUSS the events of the movie so that he knows fiction from reality. We talk about the science and myth behind zombies, contemplate the possibility of alien life, I explain the consequences of certain crimes, and we even look up information as to whether a man's spine can really be pulled out of his mouth ;)

The whole point is, as long as you're taking an active role in your child's activities, anything can be turned into an enjoyable learning experience. I don't want to shield my kid from the real world, because then he'll grow up and be thrust into it not knowing what to expect or what to do about it. Be upfront and honest with your kid, and answer questions they bring you, and your kid will thank you for it later.

Now, as for my restrictions, I do believe eight years old is a little young to be shown the graphic mechanics of "cooking", so I'll leave those until after we have the talk. And even then, I'd rather him view healthy expressions of sexual conduct so that he doesn't come to think about it in a negative light.

All that being said, I was disgusted once at a mother in a late night showing of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The kid must have been about five years old, and was begging the mom to leave because he was too scared. The mom just kept telling him to shut up and watch. I should have kicked her head in...


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10/31/07 9:47 A

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That movie was rated PG. Oh my, I did not think that movie was rated PG. Oh wow. That will make me look more closely at those movies before letting my child watch them. That is scary when you think about it Kim. All that stuff happening when you were going to watch that movie. It is like the stuff that happened during the filming of the Exorcist and stuff moving around.

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10/30/07 3:15 P

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Do you know that movie is rated pg and thats it. I watched it the other night so my hubby could see it for the first time and i couldnt sleep after it. Me being a person that needs to see all the extra features i watched them on the poltergeist and it got me thinking because they had ghost hunters and mediums on there talking about real things. And half of those people who were apart of that movie died some horriable way after the making of it. And alot of stuff was happing on stage like lights falling for no reason. Then i go to take the movie out so i opened the dvd player and took it out and the dvd thing shut by itself so i was flipping out all night. So if i'm flipping out about something like that there is no way my kids gonna watch it even if it is rated pg!

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10/30/07 2:54 P

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Yeah and imagine that in the eyes of a child. I think I watch Poltergeist with my parents when I was little because I wanted to see it with them and they were so avid about not letting me see it. To teach me a lesson they let me watch it and that night I had to hide all my stuffed animals since I was scared they might come to life and drag me under the bed like the clown did and back then the movies where not as graphic.

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10/30/07 2:48 P

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Sheesh! I'm even too young to see a SAW movie. Those thinks scare me.

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10/30/07 2:44 P

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Last night my husband and I went to see Saw IV, we were in the theater first so I was watching all the different kinds of adults come in...right before the movie starts this lady comes in with her teenage daughter and her 7 or 8 year old kid. He spent half of the movie running out of the theater and running back in or covering his eyes.

WTF WAS SHE THINKING??? None of the Saw movies should be watched by kids. She made a comment to her son as they were leaving "maybe we should have seen NIghtmare Before Christmas instead" and I said "Well no sh*t, Sherlock, some parent you are"

(ps our theater is playing Nightmare Before Christmas in 3d and I kind of want to go..lol)

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10/25/07 12:10 P

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I can understand and respect that. Also, note that I'm not talking about "Debbie cooks in Dallas" or anything like that. Just some of your more romantic movies.

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10/25/07 11:00 A

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I guess you are. I am not too advid of exposing my kids to that. I do not want to leave that impression in their mind that cooking is done that way and so forth. Violence is a no brainer but cooking and with out clothes is not something I want my young kids exposed to. Just an opinion.

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10/24/07 8:38 P

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So am I the only person here who thinks non-violent s.e.x. or nudity in a movie isn't all that bad for younger kids?

I mean, violence is a no-brainer.

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10/24/07 5:25 P

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So true Kim. So true. I think that parents should be taking more active roles in their childrens lives and not rely on movies and video games to act as babysitters. Parents now a days rely too much on media to keep their kids busy. In a recent study, kids learn best when the parents take interest in the shows they watch.

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10/24/07 2:49 P

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I'm so discusted with parents like that as well. I was 18 when i had my son and even though me and my husband both were still inmuture we never let our son see anything with sex, or violence , or scary on it. We also wait for nap time or bed time to watch any adult movies, and/or video games. We buy him age approperit movies, such as disney movies that we will all sit down and watch together. What bothers me is that pg 13 movies can have every body part uncovered, male and female. A curse storm and violence. I dont remember me seeing any movie that was pg 13 that had all that in it. I can understand a lil cursing and some violence, but some of these pg 13 movies are worse than the rated r ones. But other than that its the parents fault for what a kid sees and the movie theaters,gaming stores and companys shouldnt be the ones responseable and taking care of other peoples kids. When something has a rating on it parents should abid by it or take responsiabilty for what there children see and then starts acting like.

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10/23/07 5:51 P

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Resident Evil is pretty bloody for a game I think... and that puts me to sleep... go figure!

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10/23/07 4:46 P

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I am all for that Ryan. There is reason why I am seeing a lot of kids more and more violent now a days. Now I am not blaming the movies for that. I blame the parents for allowing them to get that way. I was in the store the other day and this little boy was backtalking to his mom. What is the world coming to.

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10/23/07 4:23 P

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Yeah, it bothers me that parents are so okay with letting the little ones see about anything. Same goes for games. I like the twisted and demented variety, but not when my kids are awake. Save the blood and guts until after their bed time.

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10/23/07 1:06 P

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Good Luck Chuck.

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10/23/07 12:28 P

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Which movie was that? I always enjoy a movie with a good er...cooking scene.

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10/23/07 9:18 A

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Good comments guys and gals. I was just wondering how everyone felt about since the movie I watched had a lot of cooking scenes. Cooking will stand for a word that we all know. I did not think that was approriate to watch with kids there. On our way out of the theather there were lines to go see it and a whole lot of kids with them. I am surprised about the way parents are rasing kids now a days.

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10/22/07 8:32 P

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I feel like teenaged kids -- yeah maybe, but kids 12 and under... No way.

I mean -- I went to see Snakes on a Plane and the row in front of me was like a whole entire family ages 3 and up. I was like... WOOWWWW....

Nudity, ridiculous horror violence... I was very surprised.

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10/22/07 6:07 P

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Parents have changed so much... when I was younger if I wanted to watch an R movie my parents would see it first and if they felt it was okay then I got to see it... if they didnt approve then I hated them (LOL) but now I realize why they did it. :)

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10/22/07 6:06 P

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I have to agree that parents should not be bringing children into R rated movies. They should not have to be exposed to very adult subject matters, be it sex or violence, while they are kids.

I don't mind the nudity that much either, but there is a line you have to draw where a parent should step up and find a sitter, or a more appropriate for the whole family movie.

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10/22/07 4:59 P

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I remember i was 9 or 10 when 8 milimeter came out or at least thats what i think it was called, you know with Nicolas Cage. Well my friends parents took me and my friend and her little brother to see it and my friends mom and dad took us out of there because it was so bad. I dont understand why people would let there kids watch things like that. People need to think about how it would affect the kids.

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10/22/07 3:28 P

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I don't much mind the nudity. It is the violence that I think is far more problematic. Then again, I would rather live in a country filled with lovers than fighters.

When "Saving Private Ryan" came out, the wife and I went to our local multi-plex to see it. The theater was packed and right before the movie started a family of 5 or 6 showed up. They had young'ins as young as 3 or 4 years old.

THAT made me uncomfortable.

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10/22/07 2:48 P

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It is unbelievable what parents will bring their kids to see! I remember going to the Departed with my husband (very violent, graphic and horrific language)and a woman was sitting in front of us with three kids spanning from 3yrs. to about 9yrs. I could barely concentrate on the film. I was so concerned with the kids! There should really be a rule in the theater. If you can't find someone to watch your kids, don't see the movie!

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I have a little something to vent about. A couple of weeks ago my wife and I went to see the Jessica Alba movie of good luck Chuck. With in the first 15 minutes there was several graphic scenes that were way to in apporiate for children. There was nudity left and right and we did not finished watching the movie because me and my wife felt so uncomfortable being the same room with a lot of 12 year and under kids. Maybe I am just blowing it out of proportion but I really though after the first 15 mintues I would have seen more parents leave. Would you have done the same?

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