PG13 – In What Universe?


by Joe Messina

No not the article, this commentary is rated PG, based on current movie standards.

During the summer and during the winter break, while school was out, it was MALL, MALL, MALL, Movies, Movies, Movies. Your Children were going to the movies with their friends. So, you ask them about the rating and send them on their way. Right? MAYBE.

Over the last few months, while watching movies with my children, I find myself walking out of the room, more and more often. Not that I am getting older and more conservative but, I am uncomfortable sitting in a room with my daughters watching movies that find a need to continually make sexual innuendos. This was the case in one movie I recently watched with my kids. When the main character alluded to the fact that if the female in front of him stopped too quickly he would end up in her “endo”. Then the character stated that, the comment was an “Innuendo”. As this movie progressed, we learned how real breasts are hard find because so many women have fake breasts. He goes on to elaborate that real ones jiggle a little more than fake ones. All this while sitting with my 14-year-old daughter. Who decides this stuff? And what is age appropriate for whom? Here is where it gets good.

The Rating System?

G – General Audience. All ages admitted. This signifies that the film rated contains nothing most parents will consider offensive for even their youngest children to see or hear. Nudity, sex scenes, and scenes of drug use are absent; violence is minimal; snippets of dialogue may go beyond polite conversation but do not go beyond common everyday expressions. Who’s common everyday expressions?. My family doesn’t emulate “The Cleaver” household but we don’t use a lot of the language that they nowadays call common everyday expressions. However this rating is usually acceptable.

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