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5 PG movies that aren't exactly kid friendly

By Sarah Bringhurst

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:25 a.m. MDT

Updated: Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:41 a.m. MDT

“Puss in Boots” is chock full of adult references, whether it’s sex, drugs or profanity. There are comparisons of catnip to marijuana, objectification of female characters and multiple sexual implications from many of the characters.

Whether kids pick up on each and every one of these jokes and references is debatable, but it also begs the question of why so many of these things are included in a movie meant for kids to enjoy?

Ok.com rates “Puss in Boots” as appropriate for ages 8 and up.

"Where the Wild Things Are"

PG: mild thematic elements, some adventure action and brief language

Many kids have grown up reading the story, “Where the Wild Things Are,” and making the beloved book into a movie delivers the story's adventures to an even bigger audience.

Transforming a story filled with monsters and a child running away from home into a movie for children can be difficult. There is a fine line between scary and funny that is hard to manipulate when making a movie. “Where the Wild Things Are” gives a pretty good attempt at managing that line, but the effect is just somewhat awkward.

Emotionally, this movie is intense and even frightening at times. Tackling the struggles of growing up and adolescent angst, “Where the Wild Things Are” exaggerates very real emotions of both parents and children, which can be overwhelming to say the least.

“Where the Wild Things Are” seems to have been made more for the adults who grew up reading the children’s book than for the actual children. Even so, the movie lacks enough dynamics to keep audiences of any age engaged until the end.

“Where the Wild Things Are” has been rated by Ok.com to be appropriate for ages 8 and up.

"The Odd Life of Timothy Green"

PG: mild thematic elements and brief language

“The Odd Life of Timothy Green” is about a wonderful little boy who inspires everyone he meets. It’s a beautiful story, but parents might want to consider some of the heavier themes that might be difficult for kids to process.

Jim and Cindy Green are unable to conceive a child due to fertility issues. In an attempt to cope with this difficult issue, the couple collects all of the qualities they desire in a child and puts them in a box buried in the garden. Then, during a thunderstorm, Timothy appears on their doorstep and seems to be everything the Greens dreamed of.

This unconventional adoption could lead to some big questions for smaller children. Just as Timothy appears under unusual circumstances, his departure can also bring up some questions about the end of life.

On Ok.com, “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” is rated as appropriate for ages 8 and up.

Sarah Bringhurst is a recent graduate from Utah Valley University and currently interning with Ok.com. EMAIL: sarah@ok.com

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