I think context is an important factor. Although heavy, the violence in many
superhero movies is still superhero violence. If violence is why it's
PG-13, I'd have no trouble letting a younger child watch.In
contrast, you may have a war film with a similar "amount" of violence,
but depicted more realistically. The rating becomes more helpful because you
want an older child who understands the reality and occasional necessity of
war.Then you've got a movie with a brutal shootout or scuffle
between gangs or something, focusing entirely on the injury rather than the
context and purpose of the fighting. No age really makes that
"appropriate".Unhelpfully, these three scenarios will all
warrent the same kind of rating with the same label of "moderate
Are Marvel Movies OK for Children? Kind of still think that's still up to
the parents to decide - unless the parents have abrogated their responsibility
for bringing up their children (which it seems is the case these days -
otherwise why would we even be reading / discussing this).
Yes its fine for your kids to watch. Bottom line, its pretty good fun for
everyone in the family. If you didn't go see it with your family, I hope
you did something else with your family instead.
Hutterite,It's not often I agree with you, but that's a
pretty great point!/////Whether it's the Pole
Dancing in Iron Man or the violence in the Avengers, I'm more worried about
the "what is acceptable" attitude embedded in the screenplays. Hollywood
stirred a generation into moral relativists. I'm more scared about what it
will do with the next generation.
@amiriteLOL! As an LDS member, I applaud your sensibility. Bravo!
I read this article and it kept nagging at me. I finally realized why. The line:
"one of the questions we get most here at OK.com is, “Is (insert a
Marvel movie) OK for my child to watch?"I rarely see a movie on
opening day - I want some reviews and reactions and comments from "regular
people," not just the professional critics who can get a bit jaundiced. From
there I decide if I want to see it or ignore it or wait for the DVD or NetFlix.
I am looking for information to make a decision, not for an "expert" to
decide for me. I did the same when my daughter was young. I read
about the movie and, as she hit her teen years we discussed it and made a
decision. I cannot imagine going to a website to ask if a movie is "OK for
my child." Am I over-reading? Have parents lost the ability to
gather information and make a decision? Or is it more about conformity to the
group and wanting to be seen as "good parents" instead of being good
You got 'em away from the xbox long enough to see a movie?
I think children would be much better off playing traditional board games,
playing in the park, taking a hike in the mountains, going to an amusement park,
or just reading a book than going to these movies. Sitting in front of all that
violent activity cannot be good for any of us, no matter how
"entertaining." It would be better to stir up a batch of oatmeal cookies
or take a walk.
LittleStream"Children need to be old enough to understand that [the
Bible and the BOM] are 'make believe' not reality!"BU52"If you want your kids to think it OK to kill hundreds of
unnamed people and destroy millions of $ worth of property. Then [the Bible and
the BOM] are great."Morgan Duel"[Bible/BOM] is not a
good [book] for kids. They will be bored by the time it is half finished. Very
violent [book]!!!!"Sorry, for some reason, I'm having way
too much fun with this :/
@BU52"If you want your kids to think it OK to kill hundreds of unnamed
people and destroy millions of $ worth of property. Then they are great."You're talking about the Bible and the BOM, right?
Children need to be old enough to understand that the PG13 movies are "make
believe" not reality! If they don't understand that, I would hope
parents would not let them see the movies. I believe what is changing out
society is the CONSTANT immersion in PG13 and worse movies, video games, etc.
If you watch long enough there will be no reaction to WRONG. Kids, when wanting
to go to a movie or play a video game one more time ask yourself "I am a
child of Heavenly Father - would he want me to do this?" Parents, when
trying to decide if you want to let you child see the movie or video game ask
yourself "What would Jesus do? - If he were the one my child was asking,
what would he say? I made too many wrong decisions when my children were
adolescents and teenagers to not have learned this lesson. Now my children and
I are united in answering my grandchildren. Ask them why they want to see the
movie? If the answer is because everyone else is, that's not a good enough
reason. They aren't everyone else. "Remember who you are!"
If you want your kids to think it OK to kill hundreds of unnamed people and
destroy millions of $ worth of property. Then they are great.
This is not a good movie for kids. They will be bored by the time it is half
finished. Very violent movie!!!!