Lately, I’ve been in this movie phase with my oldest daughter who is ten. I want her to see all of the movies I loved from my childhood. But after showing her Grease AND Grease 2, I realized that wow…some of my favorite childhood movies are WAY riskier than I ever imagined they were when I watched them when I was a kid.
I stumbled across a website a few years ago called Common Sense Media (this is NOT an #ad) but it’s an awesome website where you can plug in any movie (book, game, TV show, website etc) and then it gives it an age appropriate number via a kids AND parent’s rating. It is super helpful! It also gives you details of what the risky or questionable scenes might be for that movie too. Needless to say, we have used it alot lately!
So what are we watching in our house? Well, obviously we love everything and anything Disney and of course I want my daughter to see the ENTIRE Star Wars trilogy because, duh. 🙂 But I also want her to see other awesome 80’s movies like Ghostbusters, Beetlejuice, Goonies, and the Tom Hanks mermaid movie Splash, to name a few. But man, these 80’s movies have ALOT of sexual undertones and/or profanity. Now that I think about it though, I really didn’t know what curse words were or about the birds and the bees when I saw these movies, so anything I saw or heard in those movies flew right over my head. But is that still ok?
This started a conversation with one of my girlfriends about the movies our kids watch. She asked which I thought was worse? Watching movies where there is violence (say with Pirates or Superheroes) OR watching movies with sexual undertones/sexual immorality? I told her I’d have to marinate on that one for a minute and take it to the blog.
So what say you my Surviving Mommy readers…would you rather have your kids watch a movie with a lot of violence OR a movie filled with sexual innuendo and/or sprinkled with profanity?
XO Surviving Mommy