It’s hard to believe how quickly we as Americans have changed in our viewing habits. G-Rated videos and G-Rated Dvds are getting hard to find in the ‘New Releases’ section of your video store or even online. For every 1 G-Rated movie that is created, there are 17 R-Rated movies, even though a recent study (by the Dove Foundation) shows that the G movies generate nearly 8 times more profit. Even the Disney studios, which have produced many great kid-friendly movies in the past, are joining the trend Dramacool. It is estimated that 3 out of 4 of Disney’s top grossing movies are R-Rated. Let’s take a look at how this has come about and what can be done about it.
In 1968, as complaints grew louder about the sex, violence and profanity in movies, pressure for a rating system (and a Supreme Court decision) finally forced the creating of the MPAA film rating system. Though new to the usa, a rating system had been in use by other countries for years already. The first rating system consisted of G (all ages admitted), M (parental discretion), R (16 and over unless with adult), and X (17 and over). Confusion regarding the M rating led to the development of the PG (all ages – parental guidance) and the disappearance of the M rating. Around the same time the R rating age was raised to 17 and the X rating to NC-17 (No ‘children’ under 17, later changed to no ‘one’ under 17). NC-17 movies are not shown by most theaters.
As more movies were made that straddled the gap between PG and R ratings, especially for violence (like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom), the PG-13 rating was adopted by the MPAA. PG-13 movies allowed for children under 13 to be admitted, but it came with parent warnings.
That brings us to today. Although an estimated 50% of the US population goes to church regularly, and about 5% of the population attends the movie theater regularly, there is still a disproportionate number of horror and violent films being thrust on the public. Even at that, many of the g-rated moves that do make it to the screen are filled with questionable moral content including occultism and characters that promote unhealthy lifestyles. There is a good chance that soon movie ratings will be adversely affected if a character is smoking a cigarette, but still PG movies can contain strong language and drug or sexual implications that could influence young children. So what can parents do to find more movies for children?
First, know what your kids are watching. There are several sources where you can find out information about movies, even detailed information like what exact inappropriate language is said and how often, what disturbing scenes are included, and any sexual situations. Some of these online sites are ScreenIt. com, Kids-in-Mind. com, FamilyStyle. com, or RottenTomatoes. com. There are other sites that focus only on children friendly material and cartoons. Still other companies are taking good movies and extracting foul language and inappropriate scenes. Make the time to watch these shows with your kids and if there is any questionable content that comes up, stop the movie and explain why it is not appropriate. Never pass an opportunity to teach your children about good morals and character after the movie.
When you are looking for movies, try the internet for downloads or good g-rated videos to purchase. Just type ‘g-rated videos’ or ‘family movies’ in your search engine and you will find sites that offer the type of material that will help the development of your children in a positive way. As more parents take action by declining take their kids to the show, and by refusing to buy or rent their videos from Internet sites that also offer hard-core movies, maybe the trend will change in favor of more wholesome choices for us all. For those of you who remember watching the 80’s animated cartoon Transformers, you will be very happy to find out a movie will soon be released featuring all the Autobots and Decepticons you remember from that time. You will also be happy to find this Transformers movie review highly recommends seeing the movie. Transformer review 2007 indicates that this transformer movie is very well written. The special effects are amazing and very believable.
If you grew up watching Transformers in the morning before school and then again in the afternoon you will absolutely enjoy this film. For those of you who are new to the concept you will find the Transformers 2007 movie review good enough to entice you to the theatre to discover for yourself what all the hype is about.
This live action transformer movie is going to take the prize for the best action movie of year, maybe even the best action movie that has ever been made. For the very beginning of the Transformers movie you will be entranced. It starts out with the both the Autobots and the Decepticons living in peace on Cybertron.
The war begins after the leader of the Decepticons, Megatron, finds out about the power of the cube. The cube is a vital item because all life forms are derived from it. Megatron wants to take the power from the cube so that he can transfer all the life of Earth into his own Transformer. He left Cybertron when it got destroyed in the battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons.