Family Movie night is a tradition found in homes across the country. Families joining together with a bowl of popcorn and a movie to enjoy together. A few years ago our family decided to pick an animated movie about a lizard for our movie night. Half way through the movie Rango, we realized this seemingly “kid movie” was not what we would call appropriate for our youngins.
It was then that we discovered websites like Dove.org, Common Sense Media and Unplugged. These sites give comprehensive reviews of movies (and more). They include descriptions of violence, sexual content and language. This help parents decide what is best for their family’s viewing enjoyment.
Evolution of the PG Movie
So we should have known better… A few weeks ago when we came across Harry and the Henderson’s on Netflix, Hubs was excited to share this nostalgic movie with the kids. I honestly don’t remember ever watching this one- but he definitely did. For the most part, this movie was classic 80’s fun (my oldest said, wow they definitely didn’t have computer special effects “back then”. HA!). BUT- the language! We are very sensitive to cursing and foul language. It seems like PG “back in the day”- meant exactly that, “Parental Guidance”. I certainly cringed each time an inappropriate word came through the screen. I would have had my mouth washed out with soap for saying those things!
Since we now have PG-13 ratings, I think many PG movies of this generation are actually more mild. Does anyone else agree? I’m thinking the definition of “mild language” has changed- for the better. I’m not saying Harry should be PG-13, but I do think language was used more liberally than as it is today (interesting…)
I would love to hear you thoughts on movie ratings and how you find Netflix movies that are “family friendly”.
BTW- Here are a few more “throwback” movies that are Hoover Parent Approved:
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