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Preschool age children in "I am Legend"

post #1 of 200
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My parents watched the kids this afternoon during the baby's nap and we went to see "I am Legend". It was the first movie we had been to in a couple of years and we really enjoyed it except....

There was a couple behind us with two little kids (probably 4 & 5) who were crying and asking to leave the scary movie. I thought it was really scary and haven't been able to get the kids out of my mind for hours. Truthfully, dh and I talked and it seems like the movie should have been R rather than PG-13, not that we think a 4 or 5 year old should see a PG-13 movie...

Has anyone seen it, is it me?
post #2 of 200
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who were crying and asking to leave the scary movie.
If the parents didn't leave, I would have complained to the management.
post #3 of 200
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We actually did (they told us that if the rating has PG in it it is up to the parents) Another man in the audience actually asked the parents to leave and the mom took the kids to the bathroom but she brought them back a few minutes later
post #4 of 200
That's just awful. I just don't get why some parents do that.

DH and I almost never go see movies because the kids are too young and it's not worth the babysitter money. Instead we get movies from the "red box" for $1 and watch them after the kids have gone to sleep. If we think the movie will be okay for the 3.5 year old, we take it slow and if she gets scared, we turn it off.
post #5 of 200
I absolutely agree with you about the rating. It should have been 'R'. The only thing I can figure is that they rated it PG-13 because there's no sexual content. Because, you know, sex is a no-no for teenagers but extreme violence is A-OK.

There was a little boy, about 3 or 4, in the theater when I saw it. It was really disturbing that his parents thought it was okay to bring him. What disturbed me even more is that he wasn't the least bit bothered by it.
post #6 of 200
I'm kinda scared to see it. Just the previews looked scary.

Some parents don't really care if it upsets their kids, or ruins the movie for others, they just think they "deserve" a night out, and the rest of us apparently should just suck it up and be more understanding.

I didn't get to go see a grown up movie in a theater until my daughter was ten, and even then it was movies like Free Willy.

I have been in several grown up movies where kids were shlepped along. The movies are boring for the kids, I don't even see how a parent can have fun with their children begging to leave.
post #7 of 200
Poor kiddos. I have not seen the movie, but I have seen the previews, and my Ds just went and saw it the other day so I heard quite a bit. I don't think there should be an across the board "No kids!" rule for every single violent/scary/sexuality involved movie, but I am right there with you on being saddened by seeing overwhelmed and frightened children forced to watch a movie they are not ready for. Parents ought to be more mindful than that IMO.
post #8 of 200
Definatly not a movie I would take my kids to. We saw it Thursday night also the first time me and dh had been to a movie in many years. There were only older people there and half of them left talking about how scared they were.
post #9 of 200
I haven't seen it, but heard enough about it to know that I wouldn't say it's appropriate for a 4 or 5 year old. To me PG 13 usually means more of "ages 10-13, NOT that it's okay for a young child to see it.
I just don't see how she could even be sitting there listening to her kids ask her to leave the 'scary movie' and just keep sitting there!
post #10 of 200
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Originally Posted by UnschoolnMa View Post
I don't think there should be an across the board "No kids!" rule for every single violent/scary/sexuality involved movie, but I am right there with you on being saddened by seeing overwhelmed and frightened children forced to watch a movie they are not ready for. Parents ought to be more mindful than that IMO.
I agree.

We actually saw the movie yesterday with my five year old. She wasn't at all scared, and never has been during stuff like that (and she's seen some movies that really freak me out). She giggled at me when something happened that made me jump.

It was a really good movie. However, the power went out last night for a few minutes and I was totally picturing the infected humans coming after me in the dark!
post #11 of 200
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Originally Posted by Jessy1019 View Post
However, the power went out last night for a few minutes and I was totally picturing the infected humans coming after me in the dark!
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post #12 of 200
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Originally Posted by UnschoolnMa View Post
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that is me all the time when it comes to scary movies. I enjoyed them so much more when I was little . . . probably why I don't have a problem letting my kid watch what she wants. There may come a time when this stuff freaks her out too much!

Really, though, I am Legend didn't scare me as much as a lot of horror movies do. There was so much more to it than just horror stuff.
post #13 of 200
I don't think it's R worthy, but I wouldn't have taken DS to see it by any stretch.
post #14 of 200
We recently saw American Gangster and the same thing happened. The children were 5-7 and all I could think about was them being exposed to that level of brutality and violence at that age......

I realize that every parent makes their own decisions about movies, but some times it just leaves me

I'm still trying to decide about allowing my 12 yo ds to go see it with my dh. He hasn't seen any really scary movies in the theater yet and I'm not sure if it would be too intense.
post #15 of 200
And people wonder why kids are so violent? Not that that's the only reason..but I really do believe that kids who are exposed to violence, be it on TV or in the home, are much more likely to act out violently themselves. Some parents really don't have any common sense. Poor kids.
post #16 of 200
Poor kids! That will seriously warp their minds, trust me! My brother is 8 years older then me and he would babysit me and always watched those scary movies. Zombies, chainsaw massacre...It was horrible and it left me a very paranoid adult!!!!
post #17 of 200
I think people would be wise to drop the blanket statements here.

My personal experience as a child and as a parent directly contradicts the two previous posts.
post #18 of 200
Honestly, I think people with kids age 5 or under shouldn't be allowed into movies that are more than G rated. Or they should be allowed in on special days only.

I say this because I have yet to see a single movie that was above G rated where, if a child aged 5 or below was there, did NOT make noise. I personally don't care what people expose their kids to. But, don't take them to movies that you want to personally see and where your child is bored or scared and making noise, thereby disturbing my viewing.

So, I agree - don't take them. But, I'm coming from the very selfish viewpoint. Don't take them because it disturbs my viewing, lol.
post #19 of 200
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Originally Posted by Jessy1019 View Post
I think people would be wise to drop the blanket statements here.

My personal experience as a child and as a parent directly contradicts the two previous posts.
How old is your oldest child? The impact of watching violence, etc., doesn't always become apparent until later. And sometimes the impacts aren't outwardly obvious but still run quite deep. I know that I'm still, at 32 years old, discovering the ways my early exposure to twisted things effected me. Besides that, children go through phases where they seem better able to handle things and then are much more sensitive. That's certainly been the case with my 7-year-old.

In addition, I have to wonder, "what's the point?" Why do children need to see things like a creature dragging a human being around by the neck and shaking him like a vicious dog?
post #20 of 200
I think all kids are diffrent and therefore ready for diffrent things at diffrent ages. But if my four year old child was CRYING and BEGGING to leave, I'd leave. Gee, if thats not an obvious sign that they were NOT ready to see soemthing like that, what is? Poor kids. I mean, at that age, they dont always understand the line between fantasy and reality. They saw it on the movie, its real.
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