Wow! It is nearly impossible to find an age appropriate movie for pre-teens! My daughter was invited by a friend to go see “THE HOUSE BUNNY”. When I looked it up and read the description and the rating, I had to call the mom and tell her that it was inappropriate for my 12 year old girl to see. The movie is rated “PG-13 for sex-related humor, partial nudity, and brief strong language.” The description read: “The protagonist is Hef's favorite and acts like a den mother to the other girls. On her birthday, she is unceremoniously evicted from Hef's pad for 'being too old.' Homeless and without essential skills, Shelley wanders around L.A. until she finds a new job--the housemother at the most unpopular sorority on campus.”
I know that her daughter wanted to see it, but when I read the description, the mom gasped on the other end and admitted that she had not read the listings. Really, how tame can a Play Boy movie be? It is absolutely NOT FOR KIDS! Then the mom suggested seeing “DISASTER MOVIE”. As I was still on the movie website, I read the description and rating out loud. “PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, language, drug references, and comic violence.” “DISASTER MOVIE follows the comic misadventures of a group of ridiculously attractive twenty-somethings during one fateful night as they try to make their...” See Full Description
Not giving up, I continued to search for something more age appropriate. “STAR WARS” was rated PG and the other mom agreed that it would be fun for all to see. Even PG movies have inappropriate content. A parent has to guess just how crude or rude the jokes might be. I have had many unexpected surprises in the theater with my kids.
When I told my daughter that we had agreed on STAR WARS, she began to flip out about it being “boring” and for “little kids”. Not two minutes went by, when the phone rang. It was her girlfriend calling to complain about the movie selection.
Again, I spoke to the other mom and we decided to forget the movie and just let them hang out at her house for a couple of hours. Curious, I re-entered yahoo’s movie page and read the PG13 rating of the other movies listed. Funny how they are all so different, but the same nonetheless. The pervasive theme is sex, drugs, and alcohol. Who does Hollywood think they are exploiting our young children pushing sex, drugs, and alcohol on them?!!!!! Here are some more ratings I found for films currently showing in theaters:
Vicky Cristina Barcelona:
Two women travel to Barcelona. One of them is emotionally and SEXUALLY adventurous. In Barcelona, they're drawn into a series of unconventional romantic entanglements
PG-13 for mature thematic material involving sexuality, and smoking.
PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, language and some sexuality.
PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, language, drug references and comic violence.
Dark Night (Critics agree that it is far too dark and scary for children.)
PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and some menace.
PG-13 for some sex-related comments. My husband and I loved the movie, but the non-stop sexual innuendos, the protagonist not marrying her fiance and instead sailing off with him to pursue HIS dream, and the cougar/teenage romance were enough for us to chose NOT to take our children to see this film.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
PG-13 for mature material and sensuality. I’d have to see this one first to determine how much "mature material and sensuality" it really contains.