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Lauren on

I truly can’t believe there are parents out there whining about Where the Wild Things Are being “too mature” for their 4-year-old and 20-month old. If they truly entered the theater expecting to see the screenplay copy the book word for word (which is what those parents somewhat make it sound like they were expecting) and/or couldn’t tell from the trailer it was going to be a more sophisticated movie that tackled more mature themes, I really am at a loss for words. I personally see a connection between this type of reaction and a lot of posters on this site who seem to have difficulty with any topics or comments not suited to their liking, regardless of how relevant they are and maturely they are presented. Pretending the world is all puppies and popsicles with no fear or disagreement does not a well-rounded person make.

On the other hand, you have parents who seem to think it’s totally fine to bring their two toddlers to R-rated movies like Law Abiding Citizen, which happened top me this weekend. Thankfully they were quiet, but that scenario was still so wrong on so many levels. Nowhere NEAR appropriate for anyone under 17.

marfmom on

Yah, the movie is rated PG, right? Growing up we were never allowed to watch PG movies till 9 or 10. I don’t think I’d take my 4 year old to a PG movie, no matter if it was based on a children’s book or not. To me, PG means there are elements to the movie not appropriate for small children, otherwise it would be rated G.

Lorus on

It’s like the parents who took their young children to see the South Park movie because it was a cartoon.

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