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June 06, 2005

Episode III, PG 13

So I promised Miss Priss a movie Friday night, and I - having been culturally deprived growing up - usually attempt to infuse a little culture into the child when the opportunity arises.

Meaning...it was time. She should be introduced to STAR WARS! Besides, I wanted to see it.

Prob? PG 13. Wtf? Normally, I wouldn't give the rating a second thought, but this time my baby was coming with. (Yes, I know she is nine. But recall the litany, "she will always be my baby.")

I was thinking spilt blood (since I knew Vader was to be mutilated), a copulation scene (since I knew twins were to be gestated), the worst...

Soooo, on the way into town, I fired off a text to a handful of geeks cultural elitists (with children) whose numbers I have stored in my phone. Well, either I misjudged them, or texting isn't "geek cool," because only ONE actually replied to the text prior to movie start time, and that was to say, "What do I look like, a geek? Haven't seen it yet."

Fine. Over myself I got, made my own call I did. Then I bought the child a ticket.

And so. This is my public service announcement to anyone else who wonders about the rating...

No worries, tis fine. There is a birth scene, but no copulating. Lots of people die, but no blood and guts (although Vader did get really yucked up, as expected).

I'm giving the okay for kiddies eight and up. (Of course, if you have a five year old boy who likes to set frogs on fire, I'm betting he can get through it without any major nightmares.)

Oh...enjoyment factor? We've been through the trilogy TWICE in as many days. I'd say she's geekified culturally edified!

posted by Key on 05:58 PM | Comments (7) | Public Service Announcement
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Calling bullshit here. I did say I hadn't seen it yet (I like Star Wars, ain't gonna dress up like fucking Boba Fett and camp out for tickets, though), I also said at PG-13 your child would be fine, enjoy. Ipso facto, I am right, throw some credit around.

Posted by: Velociman at June 6, 2005 07:17 PM

Alrighty then! Credit: Your guesswork panned out.

But I was LOOKING for personal testimony!! This I did not get, so now that I own one myself, I have shared... for the good of the community, and future Boba Fett fans everywhere...

Posted by: Key at June 6, 2005 10:55 PM

I think it depends on the criteria. Why is sex so bad for a child to see but seeing a man lose three limbs and then catch on fire OK?

Personally, I'd rather have any children of mine see two people being affectionate, loving, and yes, having sex than people hurting, maiming, and killing each other.

What lessons do you think seeing each situation teaches?

But that's me...

Posted by: Jack at June 7, 2005 02:28 AM

A good Yoda you do.


"Do or do not do, there is no try."

Posted by: werbinox at June 7, 2005 06:41 AM

Last week, I took my two girls. Jillian (10) and Jenna (4 1/2), to see III. Jilly loved it, but was a little squemish during the Anakin lava rock scene. Jenna, who I think is a GIRL who will someday set frogs on fire or blow their heads off with firecrackers, thought it was only a "little scary." No nightmares ... yet. She loves Yoda and likes how Obi Wan Kenobi rolls off her tongue. No Yoda-speak (Yodese?) from either child thus far.

Posted by: John at June 7, 2005 11:29 AM

Why is it not bad, John? Check out the orignal fairy tails we all grew up on. Evil is punished, and there's no fucking. Thats how it works. It has to follow the below formula
Evil Punished+No Fucking=Okay for Kids!

Posted by: A Clockwork Orange Happier at June 12, 2005 06:55 AM

> ...having sex than people hurting, maiming, and killing each other....

Hmmm, let's see. When I was a child we were taken to action/thriller movies where a lot of violence was portrayed. But no sex movies. I grew up despising un-necessary violence and abuse of other people or animals. I also didn't contract HIV or any other STDs and didn't get another teenager knocked up while in school. Yup, I guess I'm pretty screwed up because I saw some violent movies instead of ones depictiing sex just for the sake of sex. Get a clue, every civilization that became obsessed with sex fell into decay and stagnation. The Dark Ages are an example of the other extreme. Same destination, different route.

Posted by: Palomar Jack at July 23, 2005 12:07 AM
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