My husband and I took our three year old to see one of the newest animated films in theatres this week, Rango.
I wish I hadn't. My husband and I both enjoyed Rango. And had my child been 10, he would have too. But it wasn't appropriate for a 3 year old. The humor was foul, the language was inappropriate, the theme was above his understanding.
I felt foolish realizing I should have been more thoughtful in our choice of movie. But I had no idea that an animate movie about a lizard would have "bad" words and several scary parts.
As an adult, I don't often think of the existing movie rating system. But, as a parent, I believe I should not only pay attention to the movie rating, I need to go further.
There is a large range of what is considered "PG". And even G movies can be surprising non-G. So, after some searching, here are a few great websites I found to help me in the future when choosing a movie/DVD that is appropriate for my children:
I often check out the ratings before my husband and I spend money on a movie ticket. And now I will also check out the ratings before my husband and I bring our children (or even rent or buy a movie for our kids).