So? What do you think? Would you let your children watch an R rated film if its only fault was foul language? Would you let your children watch a PG-13 or a PG rated film that had implied sexual content, violence, and tons of toilet humor?
Depends upon how old my kids were.
At the age below which I wouldn't let them see this film, they probably wouldn't appreciate it anyway.
As for violence and sex, it's the same answer. Depends on how old they were and how graphic I thought the sex and violence would be.
They're only movies afterall and even the best ones aren't going to be life changing events for kids. I would err on the side of not letting my kids see the movie.
The actual ratings aren't worth much. Parents that rely solely on ratings to inform them as to whether or not they should bring their kids are not, in my opinion, displaying good parenting skills.
There is no reason to rush your kid's growing up. There will be plenty of time ahead of them to listen to F-bombs, watch a couple tongue kiss, and see the hero cut off the bad guy's legs.
I recall watching Silence of The Lambs in a theater where a woman and her two kids sat in the row in front of me. Neither of the kids could have been older than 10. I figured 6 and 8. Another woman sitting inthe same row as mother and kids voiced her opinion that the kids were too young for the movie and mom told her to shut up and mind her own business. The woman moved to another row.
That was a strange night involving a strange movie and a strange fellow audience. Direct behind us a guy who was probably in his 30's was sitting in between too very attractive young women. They were with him, but sisters, friends, girl friends? Who knows? Throughout the film and during the most gruesome scenes, the guy behind us giggled.
Twenty years ago a movie called The Monster Squad came out. It was about a bunch of kids who run across Dracula, the Wolfman, Frankenstein and a host of other monsters. Sort of like Goonies, if you saw that one.
One of the characters in the movie is the lead kid's younger sister who is too little to join in most of the gang's adventures. She couldn't have been more than 4. At one point in the movie she befriends Frankenstein and brings him to the gang's clubhouse. Once the other kids catch sight of her companion they bolt and she's left alone with the monster. As the gangs runs off, she calls after them
"Hey guys, it's OK. He's my friend. Don't be chickenshit!"
It wasn't funny and it certainly wasn't cute.
Other than that, it was a great movie for kids and mine loved it. The first time we watched it I was taken completely by surprise; thereafter I fast forwarded when the scene came up.
To this day, I wonder what jackass felt it necessary to insert that totally gratuitous scene into an otherwise great kid's movie and why.