I have concerns
Last night I saw the new X-Men movie, Wolverine. In preparation, Katie and I watched all of the other X-Men movies over the course of the last week. It had been awhile since either of us had seen them, and we wanted to be fully ready to “engage” in the new one.
By Friday, we were more than ready. We bought our tickets online to make sure we would be able to get in to the showtime that we wanted to. We stuffed our purses full of “outside” food. We drove to the theater early. We picked perfect seats. Then we hit a glitch.
As we were sitting there in our perfect seats, we watched as several families walked in with their very small children in tow. These kids could not have been more than 3 or 4 years old. At first all I could think was that I hoped they would be quiet during the movie. Then some much less selfish thoughts started coming to me.
Should 3 and 4 year olds even be allowed to see this movie? I mean, sure, it’s based on the Marvel comic, but it’s not exactly Disney Channel material. The movie is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence and partial nudity, and I think 13 should be the minimum age of someone watching it. I found myself thinking that the theater itself should have a no-admittance policy for movies such as these to children of such a young age. But the real issue extends beyond what the theater allows. The issue is that the parents and caregivers of these children deemed this a suitable movie for their kids to watch.
I realize that some parents are going to be more liberal (ok, a lot more liberal) in their views than me, but after sitting through the movie myself, I cannot imagine letting my own children watch it. It was VERY violent. I kept thinking, surely I will see these parents dragging their kids out of here any minute. But no such thing occurred. I literally found myself distracted during the movie because I kept praying for the minds of these children being exposed to such violence.
And I just can’t help but wonder, Don’t these people worry about what these sorts of images do to a young child’s psyche? What about nightmares? Childhood fears?
I can remember watching a scary movie at my grandparents’ house when I was a kid. I don’t recall the name of it, but it was about people getting buried alive in an earthquake in a large city. The graphic images that I saw invaded my thoughts and dreams for a long time afterward. I am thankful this was a isolated incident for me, as I have heard lots of people share with me truly disturbing movies they watched at a young age.
In my opinion, this is not about Christian families and their views versus the “secular” views out there. This is about each parent out there doing what he or she can to protect the hearts and minds of the children in their care. After all isn’t it our job as parents to protect our children from unnecessary harm? The world is full of things my children need to learn about, but all in due time, when they are at a level of mental reasoning and processing that can handle it. I don’t want them to have to grow up any faster than they already have to.
Is anyone else bothered by this?