PARENTS ARE URGED TO USE "PARENTAL GUIDANCE", AS THE MOTION PICTURE MAY CONTAIN SOME MATERIAL PARENTS MIGHT NOT LIKE FOR THEIR YOUNGER CHILDREN TO VIEW.
But where is the line? How much do I have to censor them from what is happening all around them in real life anyway? A good percentage of Greta's classmates will see this movie (we saw three of them at the theater, in fact) and they'll be running around saying 'moron', so she is going to hear it.
The movie's plot (the book's plot, actually) is centered on popularity, or lack thereof. Greg is trying to find a way to increase his social status, and differentiate himself from Rowley, his best friend, who he perceives as dragging him down. Do I want Greta thinking about this stuff now? No. But she is thinking about it. She has been for the past two years.
It is such a balancing act, figuring out appropriateness. Finn is already much more worldly than Greta, because he's a second child, and he doesn't seem any worse for wear. He may be growing up a little faster than I would prefer (he thought Dora was a "baby show" when he was barely three - Greta didn't even know the term "baby show" until she got to Pre-Kindergarten) but he seems to roll with it, for the most part.
I never know what is going to impact them negatively, and I can't seem to guess well, either. I thought the first Harry Potter movie would be scary to them. Wrong. But an innocent scene that involved fire in a cartoon aimed at 4 and 5 year olds kept them up for three nights straight.
When we sat down in the theater, I cast my eyes around desperately, hoping to see other younger kids there, seeking that acceptance that I wasn't the only Mom who would bring a 4 1/2 year old to a PG movie. I wasn't the only one, not by a long shot. But another friend wouldn't bring her 7 year old to a PG movie, no matter what the topic. It's confusing.
We used the movie to have an interesting discussion about popularity at the dinner table that night. And I, of course, had to go into Lecture Mode about why we don't chase people with boogers or call people morons. I was especially clear with Finn - I don't need him showing up at preschool calling another kid a moron and thinking it's okay because I let him watch it in a movie. He rolled his eyes at me, and said "It's just a movie, Mom. I'm a nice kid. I wouldn't call anyone a bad name."
But, like I said, I tend to be more relaxed about things like this. I have no idea if it will come back to bite me, or not.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this, too. I think.