'Les MisÉrables': 3 points for parents

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  • frugalfly PULLMAN, WA
    Dec. 23, 2012 12:29 a.m.

    This is an incredible story and all need to read it and then see it. It has so much symbolism, so much power, and so much of what we need in our society. The question is at what age can this great story be shared with our youth? That has to be answered for everyone individually. I am thinking that I will take my kids 12 and up. I am sure I will have to do some further explaining and I am sure it will cause some sadness in my children to know how bad it can get but the positives are so important. Life isn't pretty. It is mean, viscious, cruel, unjust, and "seedy". I am hoping the bright light of Jean can shine over the bawdy nature of the story.

  • jeanie orem, UT
    Dec. 22, 2012 3:37 p.m.

    BYU Joe - Take a deep breath.

    "Javert" did not write this article. This was not a cometary on the merits of this amazing story and movie. Rather, the point was to was give parents information about the content so they could be informed if this is a movie their kids should see.

    As parents we have a responsibility to not expose our kids to content they cannot understand because they are not mature enough to understand the context.

    Adults can see what they want and some may indeed need to "chill out" about some things, but kids are a different story.

    Dec. 22, 2012 10:22 a.m.

    Few tales have as much depth as Les Miserables. From the haunting cries of young girls dreams dashed because of a single mistake to the redemption of a man who stole to feed his family this story teaches us about our humanity.

    This type of review talking about a "seedy" look or about women of the night is just lame. Seriously, have many of us become so concerned about a few images that you are willing to close our eyes to a much bigger picture.

    The lessons of this story takes one deep into the depths of understanding who we are, and some times that includes the so called seedy. We forget that we are al "beggars before God."

    Jean Valjean is an education in mercy. This story is a reminder of who we too often are but at the same time who we can become.

    These type of reviews are best left for you "Javert" types that spend you lives in search of justice forgetting that when each of us kneels down at night we pray for forgiveness for ourselves not justice.