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Friday, July 27, 2012

The Parent Movie Trap

     So, Sam and I often ask ourselves, when we are watching a movie we enjoy: Parent movie, or not a parent movie. is this a film which I can take to my aged parents, and they will enjoy without it offending their sensibilities or horrifying them in any way shape or form?

     Take Transformers, for instance. to me, there was a clear line delineating Autobot and Decepticon, good and evil. My mom saw 30 foot metal monsters, live, in her living room. Needless to say, I skipped ROTF and DOTM with them. Iron Man was borderline, I think Mom may not have always quite gotten that there was a man in the suit

     On the other hand, Captain America: the First Avenger, was excellent for my Progenitors. it held their attention, they felt for the characters, there was nothing in there to offend them overly. This is in spite of the fact that my father fought in WWII, or maybe even because of it.

My mom has three criteria for a good movie: Singing, Dancing, and a Happy Ending

Technically Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Cannibal! the Musical fit that, and I would never show those to my parents

     I guess my point is all about knowing your audience and not showing someone a movie that's going to hurt them on some level. Movies are for fun, not for hurting Mom and Dad


  1. ROTF, DOTM??? I'm hoping you mean Revenge of the Fallen and Dark Of The Moon?

  2. hey, I linked it and everything---like a PRO!