Approved for all audiences?

Filed under: Big Kids, That's Entertainment

Every time a movie is released that seems like it might be appropriate for Ellie, I check it out at Kids In Mind. This website, and others like it, give detailed information about the movie, including scenes involving sex, violence and other issues of concern to a parent. Recently, I checked out Alvin and the Chipmunks and decided that despite the PG rating, it would be fine for Ellie to see.

In fact, she has already seen it twice and thinks it is hilarious. It is funny and even I laughed out loud a few times. But what wasn't funny was the previews she had to see before the movie started.

The first time we saw the movie, we arrived a little late and walked in during the last scene of the trailer for 10,000 BC. This movie is rated PG-13 and the preview we saw was "approved for all audiences." The scene we came in on involved some large, scary beast about to stomp someone to death. Ellie immediately closed her eyes and waited for it to be over.

As bad as that was, it was nothing compared to what my husband saw when he took Ellie back to see the same movie a few days later. They arrived a bit earlier and had the pleasure of not only seeing the entire scary preview for 10,000 BC, but the trailer for 27 Dresses as well. That movie is also rated PG-13 and the preview was "approved for all audiences." I thought the entire preview was inappropriate for an audience full of children waiting to see Alvin and The Chipmunks, but one scene in particular blew my mind. That scene shows one woman telling another woman that one of the benefits to being unmarried is the opportunity to have "hot hate sex with random strangers". On what planet is that appropriate for all audiences?

I am not sure who to be angry with, but I will start with the theater. I suspect their rationale for showing children such a preview will be the fact that it was "approved for all audiences". Which brings me to that person. Who decided that "hot hate sex" was a subject appropriate for children?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.