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Published: Friday, April 4 2014 6:55 p.m. MDT

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Morgan Duel
Taylorsville, UT

This is not a good movie for kids. They will be bored by the time it is half finished. Very violent movie!!!!

BU52
Provo, ut

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.

LittleStream
Carson City, NV

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!"

amirite
Salt Lake City, UT

@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?

amirite
Salt Lake City, UT

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 :/

Nan BW
ELder, CO

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.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

You got 'em away from the xbox long enough to see a movie?

Stormwalker
Cleveland , OH

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 parents?

Great Ute
Salt Lake City, UT

@amirite
LOL! As an LDS member, I applaud your sensibility. Bravo!

I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Provo, UT

Hutterite,

It's not often I agree with you, but that's a pretty great point!

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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.

Midvaliean
MIDVALE, UT

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.

TA1
Alexandria, VA

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).

Jamescmeyer
Midwest City, USA, OK

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 violence".

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