Earlier today I went to see the movie Old School (not as funny as I hoped, but still not a disappointment…but this thread isn’t about that.) When I was waiting in line in the lobby to buy a ticket, I overheard a conversation between a mother who had 6 children, who looked to be around 12, with her, a mixture of boys and girls. They were all going to see Gods & Generals…why any 12 year old would want to see that at all is beyond me…anyway, this is the conversation that took place
Mom: before I buy these tickets, I need to know if there is any sex or nudity in this movie.
Cashier: This movie is very bloody, and probably doesn’t deserve the PG-13 rating it had, and is probably not appropiate for children of that age.
Mom: I’m not asking about the violence, I want to know if there is any sex or nudity in the movie.
Cashier: It’s a war movie, it’s full of violent war scenes
Mom: I don’t care how much violence is in this movie. Seeing blood will never harm anyone. I want to know how much sex is in it. If there are breasts then I do not want them seeing it.
Cashier: there aren’t any breasts
Mom: ok, good. One adult and 6 children.
now, the thing that bothered me the most about this conversation is that a mother thinks that seeing a breast is more harmful to children than seeing a bunch of people blow each other’s heads off. I haven’t seen Gods & Generals so I can’t really comment on the content of the movie, but I can’t help but be bothered by what her morals seem to be. I don’t see how showing a pair of breasts in a movie would be harmful to ANYONE, whilst seeing blood might be (I don’t think it’s that big of deal either, but certainly more harmful to children than any PG-13-level sex would ever be). I’m sure this topic has been debated to death in the past, but are there any parents on this thread who can defend the mother’s point of view here, especially on the “I don’t care how bloody it is as long as there isn’t any skin” line?