Originally Posted by KittyDuran
I would assume except for the possibility of "R" rated and definitely "NC-17" rated movies, the theaters will allow for the parents to make that decision. I think in many cases families cannot find a babysitter because going to the movies is expensive!
If anyone feels that maybe a PG-13 movie is inappropriate for their child(ren) then there are two good websites that go over all the issues. IMDB has a pretty extensive parent guide for each movie listed (Man of Steel link below):
The Dove Foundation is Christian (and conservative) based and very extensive as well: (Man of Steel link below). The reviews are IMHO pretty good and go over the good, bad and the ugly. A lot I agree with but some of the issues they have with certain movies are petty - but that is their POV and MO. BTW Man of Steel was not approved.
One drawback with the guides is the possible spoilers revealed - in case you haven't seen the movie and want to be surprised.
I see what your getting at, and I'm probably along the same lines as you, for the most part. Personally, as long as you kid is relatively still and respectful of the others in the movie theaters (ie not talking loudly out of turn, flipping on a cell phone, etc...) then I don't really care, but I do question the judgement of taking a 4 year old to see man of steel. Sure the kid may love seeing superman cartoons, but should they really be exposed to that?
anyways, I digress, I have a much bigger issue w/ parents who bring their infants to a theater. Why would you do that to yourself. Movies are expensive, if you can't afford to see a movie and hire a baby sitter for an infant, skip the movie, lord knows I've skipped plenty of movies over the last 5 years. Crying kids should never be appropriate in any movie with a rating over PG (like I said, I give leeway to the mom and dad who bring the 4 month old to a movie with their 4 & 5 year old siblings to see the latest Pixar flick)
Having to sit thru a baby crying in a movie theater is as dirspectful as the people who flip open their phone and text people during a movie not caring (or in some cases realizing) how distracting that back lighting is to the rest of us in a dark theather.
OK, I'm off my soap box.