14 comments on “Kids at the Movies: What Age is the Right Age?

  1. I remember going to see Step Brothers with my brother. The couple in the row ahead of us brought their three or four year old. TO STEP BROTHERS! That child was probably scarred for life.

    I don’t have any kids, but I remember watching dark and scary movies as a young kid. I don’t think the age is set in stone, like with the age of accountability.

    • Wow, Step Brothers is even rated R! Lot of uhhh… phrases… a kid can pickup from that one, LOL. Thanks for the comment, Austin!

  2. “Wreck-It Ralph”, the clever kids’ animated movie that takes place in a video game, had a scene in which a song repeats “Shut Up and Drive” over and over. Most parents don’t want their young children saying “shut-up”. Even kids movies aren’t always completely kid-friendly.

    • I do remember that, luckily it was happening during a lot of visual action, maybe most kids didn’t catch it. That’s an easy one to slip by. Lot’s of animated movies try to slip in some more “adult” humor to please parents but sometimes I wonder what the kids are catching onto. Thanks Tonya!

  3. This makes me think if the Tuscon Dark Knight Rises shooting. Obviously when I heard about the tragedy that occurred I was heartbroken but then when I learned about the young kid, 6 year, that died I felt even sadder. But then a slightly worse feeling crept over me, what kind of parent actually takes a 6 yr old to see a movie like that? Not saying they deserved the heartache but some people need to use common sense when choosing age appropriate movies. Also note, there was a story of a guy that ran from the theater when the shooting started, leaving his gf, her 8 yr old and their 1 yr old. Fortunently none of that family was killed but again seriously parent skills in major question. If I were ever in that situation my response would be to grab kid and run. And if that isn’t possible shield kid with my body.
    We as parents have to protect our children from evil, whether it be a terrorist or a bad movie.

    • Amen, Mike! That is a shame that such young children were killed at that shooting, let alone anyone. Lot’s of stories of heroism from that horrible event. “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” (Jn. 15:13) Thanks for the thoughts, Mike!

  4. Great reminder! Back in my secular days, I remember going to see “Scream” and noticing a couple bring their little toddler in. Even as a secular person I remember thinking that was just wrong. I’m certainly going to be tracking very closely the things that my son is exposed until he’s been properly trained in the Christian worldview. I don’t know when that age is but it won’t be 2! Ha.

  5. I do not agree with the theological idea of the “age of accountability”, but I 100% agree with the “Age of appropriate movie watching”. I went and watched “Ted” which is rated R and was shocked to find a 12ish boy there with his mom. I assume that he convinced his mother it was a cute cuddely story about a teddy bear with some cursing. I new that the movie would have crude humor, drugs, ect, but was still shocked by some of the things in it! I was 30 at the time and felt akward at times, what must that 12 year old felt!? I have no children, but I will definitely prescreen EVERYHTING my child watches/reads/listens to.

    • Maybe it could be called the “age of watchability”??? I didn’t even go to see Ted, I had no hope of that being anything but a very crude and vulgar excuse for comedy. Thanks Eric!

  6. My daughter will soon be 3 years old and has yet to go to the movies. I’m thinking to wait until she’s 4 or 5 and even then, the movie will need to pass my approval. Violence, vulgar language and sexual innuendo are out automatically for her. Also, especially at this stage, I try to limit movies with overtly romantic themes or in which the female protagonist finds her happiness or worth in a man (think older Disney movies). I’m sure I’ll never be successful in delaying all of those themes until the appropriate age, but I really do believe what we watch, especially at very early ages, affects who we become. Thanks for some interesting thoughts and a neat blog!

    • Thanks for the kind words, Bart! I can certainly sympathize with holding off on trips to the movies and you bring up some good concerns there. Even in a lot of animated films today there are covertly placed jokes intended for the parents in the audience, but sometimes I wonder how much of that the kids actually “get” or how much is soaking in. Thanks for the comment and we hope you enjoy the blog!

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