Monday, April 04, 2011

Monitoring Moviews

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:
 
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews

http://www.kids-in-mind.com/


http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/

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). 

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