Friday, January 21, 2011
Dan and I know better than to let the kids view a movie that we haven't seen, but we let this one slip because it was animated. Gone are the days when you could feel safe with a cartoon! The good news, it only cost us a dollar at Redbox....but the bad news, we watched some of it! I am simply appalled at what passes for a "family movie" these days! And what's worse, the USCCB movie review gave this an A-I (General Patronage)! The description for what the term A-I means is as follows:
"Strictly speaking, this does not simply connote films that are “for” children, or films in which they would necessarily be interested. Rather, any film free from significant objectionable content might receive this classification. In the days of the Hollywood Production Code, when it was assumed that almost all mainstream films were acceptable for all audiences, many films with “adult” subject matter -- like 1956’s “Giant” -- received this classification. Nowadays, with even the cleanest adult films usually containing at least instance of foul language, such examples are rare."
This movie starts out with female wolves "strutting their stuff" in front of the male wolves and when the Alpha males struts by, the female wolves call him "hot"! And that's just for starters! I know, I know....I'm being too "old fashioned" and "Pollyanna-ish", right? Perhaps others might not consider this "significantly objectionable content" in the grander scheme of things, but I do! There are so many other movies that are good and wholesome and edifying! Why should I have to subject my kids to this nonsense! I'm so tired of having to be in this defensive mode all the time.
We stopped the movie about 15 minutes into it. They didn't seem that interested anyway. Nathan did ask if we could finish watching it tomorrow....I said no! He wanted to know why so Dan and I simply explained that we didn't think it was appropriate for his age group and he seemed OK with that.
If any of you know of a place to get movie reviews (from a Christian perspective) in addition to the USCCB, please leave a comment and I will post the links in my sidebar! Thanks!