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2021-12-26 11:51:59 AM  
According to the article writer I didn't enjoy Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, or History of the World as a child. He or she is wrong...and a snowflake
 
2021-12-26 11:56:41 AM  
This list

The Neon Demon, A Clockwork Orange,

Rollerball,

The Bad Batch,

Dr. Strangelove,

Seven Samurai,

Amadeus,

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead,

The Evil Dead,

Raising Arizona,

The Big Lebowski,

La Femme Nikita-the French version-

The Professional

Young Frankenstein,

Blazing Saddles,

Monty Python and the Holy Grail,

The Outlaw Josey Wales,

The Road Warrior: Mad Max 2
 
2021-12-26 11:57:40 AM  

Harry Wagstaff: According to the article writer I didn't enjoy Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, or History of the World as a child. He or she is wrong...and a snowflake


I don't think you know how to use the word 'snowflake' unironically.
 
2021-12-26 12:10:23 PM  

arrogantbastich: Harry Wagstaff: According to the article writer I didn't enjoy Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, or History of the World as a child. He or she is wrong...and a snowflake

I don't think you know how to use the word 'snowflake' unironically.


By the article writers reasoning both Powerpuff Girls and Animaniacs shouldn't be watched by children since they wouldn't get all the references. Part of what I enjoy about watching old Warner Bros. cartoons as an adult is catching all the stuff that went over my head as a kid.

It's very Karenesque thinking by the author
 
2021-12-26 12:12:06 PM  

Harry Wagstaff: arrogantbastich: Harry Wagstaff: According to the article writer I didn't enjoy Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, or History of the World as a child. He or she is wrong...and a snowflake

I don't think you know how to use the word 'snowflake' unironically.

By the article writers reasoning both Powerpuff Girls and Animaniacs shouldn't be watched by children since they wouldn't get all the references. Part of what I enjoy about watching old Warner Bros. cartoons as an adult is catching all the stuff that went over my head as a kid.

It's very Karenesque thinking by the author


So farking what, snowflake?
 
2021-12-26 12:16:13 PM  

arrogantbastich: Harry Wagstaff: arrogantbastich: Harry Wagstaff: According to the article writer I didn't enjoy Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, or History of the World as a child. He or she is wrong...and a snowflake

I don't think you know how to use the word 'snowflake' unironically.

By the article writers reasoning both Powerpuff Girls and Animaniacs shouldn't be watched by children since they wouldn't get all the references. Part of what I enjoy about watching old Warner Bros. cartoons as an adult is catching all the stuff that went over my head as a kid.

It's very Karenesque thinking by the author

So farking what, snowflake?


Sorry you're so butthurt. Did you write the article?
 
2021-12-26 12:19:00 PM  
Oh, and you don't seem to know WTF a Karen is either.

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2021-12-26 12:19:30 PM  
LOL! Do you know what being triggered is, snowflake?
 
2021-12-26 12:20:22 PM  
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2021-12-26 12:36:29 PM  
Gee, I always thought that discussing the plot, characters, possibilities and other stuff with the kids is part of watching as a family.

My boys ALWAYS hated everything girly, right up to The Princess Bride.  Just like every other little boy.  Suddenly, my movie suggestions were given more thought and a willingness to sit and try to enjoy.

It's why I can count on parts of my family to immediately recognize when I proclaim myself to be shocked, SHOCKED, at whatever.

But I guess the author just wants the kids to immediately get the movie, without having someone to bounce thoughts with.  Odd.
 
2021-12-26 12:52:01 PM  
Yesterday I was around some kids watching that avengers movie and none of them seemed to pick up on any of the jail rape jokes.
 
2021-12-26 12:59:27 PM  
When I was 9, I was smart enough to understand the basics of these complex geopolitical and cultural issues.  The basics, which is good enough and thus probably a good exercise for my parents to let me explore more.

I knew the essence of what a John Lennon, Ronald Reagan/Mikhail Gorbachev, Nixon, etc. were.  And I ate this stuff up.  I remember wanting to know more, wanting to explore the news and culture, wanting to be a part of it.

I was not super abnormal.  Kids get smart quick.  They're smarter than you think.
 
2021-12-26 1:10:34 PM  
"You can show your kids anything you want, but if 85 percent of the movie is going to fly over their heads, what's the point?"


The visual craft. The beauty of the manipulated moving image, that's what.

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2021-12-26 1:11:14 PM  
Top Gun?  It's pathetic and sad that we're STILL saying that children shouldn't be exposed to prolonged displays of open homosexuality.
 
2021-12-26 1:23:22 PM  
First of all, Forrest Gump is the worst movie ever made. Closely beating Titanic.

The Matrix? Sure, show it to your 11-year-old. She'll love those cool camera effects during the fights! She just won't have a fking clue what the movie is about.

I'm sorry that your 11 year old is mentally challenged.

Anyway, I saw Jaws, Alien and saw my first boobs in Airplane! when I was three. What damages do people think are going to happen to kids if they watch "adult" movies? I'm not talking about porn, I just mean kids can handle a little violence and boobs.
 
2021-12-26 1:23:34 PM  
Whatever. I didn't get all the sexual innuendos in the cartoons I watched as a kid, but I still enjoyed watching the cartoons. And as a bonus, when I watched them as an adult I had new reasons to laugh. Win-win!
 
2021-12-26 1:33:39 PM  

Notabunny: Whatever. I didn't get all the sexual innuendos in the cartoons I watched as a kid, but I still enjoyed watching the cartoons. And as a bonus, when I watched them as an adult I had new reasons to laugh. Win-win!


So you aren't either upset that you might have to explain the context of a situation or aren't mad that someone has an opinion about how you should first be exposed to a certain type of story? How dreary.
 
2021-12-26 1:39:16 PM  
Random thought:

A movie about a character going through all of Gen X's historical milestones would be depressing as hell.
 
2021-12-26 1:44:03 PM  

arrogantbastich: Notabunny: Whatever. I didn't get all the sexual innuendos in the cartoons I watched as a kid, but I still enjoyed watching the cartoons. And as a bonus, when I watched them as an adult I had new reasons to laugh. Win-win!

So you aren't either upset that you might have to explain the context of a situation or aren't mad that someone has an opinion about how you should first be exposed to a certain type of story? How dreary.


It's sad, but true

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2021-12-26 1:45:57 PM  

Notabunny: arrogantbastich: Notabunny: Whatever. I didn't get all the sexual innuendos in the cartoons I watched as a kid, but I still enjoyed watching the cartoons. And as a bonus, when I watched them as an adult I had new reasons to laugh. Win-win!

So you aren't either upset that you might have to explain the context of a situation or aren't mad that someone has an opinion about how you should first be exposed to a certain type of story? How dreary.

It's sad, but true

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2021-12-26 1:47:05 PM  
Ryan must be a blast at parties.
 
2021-12-26 1:53:32 PM  

bostonguy: Random thought:

A movie about a character going through all of Gen X's historical milestones would be depressing as hell.


Yeah, that's like every movie in 1999. The Matrix, Fight Club, Office Space, all movies about whiny biatches from my generation crying because they had cushy cubicle jobs.
 
2021-12-26 1:53:59 PM  

Naido: Top Gun?  It's pathetic and sad that we're STILL saying that children shouldn't be exposed to prolonged displays of open homosexuality.


It's funny their comparison was that a 10 year old didn't like Top Gun. Top Gun is a chick flick with just enough action with fighter jets to make it palatable for men to watch. I'm sure their kid would also not like the Notebook or Bridges of Madison County.
 
2021-12-26 1:56:36 PM  

Harry Wagstaff: Top Gun is a chick flick


Yeah and the chicks agreed to ride each other's tails.
 
2021-12-26 1:58:58 PM  
Disney's Pinocchio. That shiat will give you nightmares. Especially the donkey transformation scene.
 
2021-12-26 2:00:19 PM  

Mugato: First of all, Forrest Gump is the worst movie ever made. Closely beating Titanic.

The Matrix? Sure, show it to your 11-year-old. She'll love those cool camera effects during the fights! She just won't have a fking clue what the movie is about.

I'm sorry that your 11 year old is mentally challenged.


My 10 year old niece asked me a couple of weeks ago whether we know if everyone sees colours the same way - if her red was my red and so on. I told her it was a good question - I had wondered the same thing, that lots of people had, and there's no way of knowing for sure.

My point is that she's at an age where she's playing with complex concepts like perception and reality. So she would probably really enjoy a movie like The Matrix. I would imagine 10/11/12 would be a perfect age for the more philosophical concepts in those movies if you're ok with your kid seeing the violence.
 
2021-12-26 2:08:47 PM  

thisispete: My point is that she's at an age where she's playing with complex concepts like perception and reality. So she would probably really enjoy a movie like The Matrix. I would imagine 10/11/12 would be a perfect age for the more philosophical concepts in those movies if you're ok with your kid seeing the violence.


The Matrix isn't really all that violent. There's kung fu fighting and a lot of people got shot but that goes down on any cop procedural show on network TV. There weren't even any boobs, which is the worst transgression in a film when determining the rating. That and the eff word.
 
2021-12-26 2:14:43 PM  

Mugato: thisispete: My point is that she's at an age where she's playing with complex concepts like perception and reality. So she would probably really enjoy a movie like The Matrix. I would imagine 10/11/12 would be a perfect age for the more philosophical concepts in those movies if you're ok with your kid seeing the violence.

The Matrix isn't really all that violent. There's kung fu fighting and a lot of people got shot but that goes down on any cop procedural show on network TV. There weren't even any boobs, which is the worst transgression in a film when determining the rating. That and the eff word.


I wouldn't even mind the kung fu, rather I was thinking of Cypher unplugging his shipmates. Which isn't even gory, but it is cold blooded and some kids might not respond to well to that.
 
2021-12-26 2:21:35 PM  

thisispete: Mugato: thisispete: My point is that she's at an age where she's playing with complex concepts like perception and reality. So she would probably really enjoy a movie like The Matrix. I would imagine 10/11/12 would be a perfect age for the more philosophical concepts in those movies if you're ok with your kid seeing the violence.

The Matrix isn't really all that violent. There's kung fu fighting and a lot of people got shot but that goes down on any cop procedural show on network TV. There weren't even any boobs, which is the worst transgression in a film when determining the rating. That and the eff word.

I wouldn't even mind the kung fu, rather I was thinking of Cypher unplugging his shipmates. Which isn't even gory, but it is cold blooded and some kids might not respond to well to that.


Yeah, ok but when it comes down to it, how much is that really going to damage a kid? The preacher guy in Poltergeist 2 still farks with me but I'm still alive.

...really


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2021-12-26 2:28:55 PM  
Stop liking what I like.
 
2021-12-26 2:34:27 PM  

Mugato: thisispete: Mugato: thisispete: My point is that she's at an age where she's playing with complex concepts like perception and reality. So she would probably really enjoy a movie like The Matrix. I would imagine 10/11/12 would be a perfect age for the more philosophical concepts in those movies if you're ok with your kid seeing the violence.

The Matrix isn't really all that violent. There's kung fu fighting and a lot of people got shot but that goes down on any cop procedural show on network TV. There weren't even any boobs, which is the worst transgression in a film when determining the rating. That and the eff word.

I wouldn't even mind the kung fu, rather I was thinking of Cypher unplugging his shipmates. Which isn't even gory, but it is cold blooded and some kids might not respond to well to that.

Yeah, ok but when it comes down to it, how much is that really going to damage a kid? The preacher guy in Poltergeist 2 still farks with me but I'm still alive.

...really


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In fairness, we're all gonna die.
 
2021-12-26 2:42:32 PM  
My old man took me to see First Blood in the theater. I was 11 but I could handle it.
 
2021-12-26 2:47:18 PM  

thisispete: Mugato: First of all, Forrest Gump is the worst movie ever made. Closely beating Titanic.

The Matrix? Sure, show it to your 11-year-old. She'll love those cool camera effects during the fights! She just won't have a fking clue what the movie is about.

I'm sorry that your 11 year old is mentally challenged.

My 10 year old niece asked me a couple of weeks ago whether we know if everyone sees colours the same way - if her red was my red and so on. I told her it was a good question - I had wondered the same thing, that lots of people had, and there's no way of knowing for sure.

My point is that she's at an age where she's playing with complex concepts like perception and reality. So she would probably really enjoy a movie like The Matrix. I would imagine 10/11/12 would be a perfect age for the more philosophical concepts in those movies if you're ok with your kid seeing the violence.


Yeah the violence is really what's holding me back from showing my 12 yr old The Matrix. It's just a bit too much, you know?
 
2021-12-26 2:52:36 PM  

Jake Havechek: My old man took me to see First Blood in the theater. I was 11 but I could handle it.


Rambo only killed one guy and it was by accident.

...he killed himself but they cut that because they realized they had a franchise to make.
 
2021-12-26 2:54:40 PM  

Mugato: Jake Havechek: My old man took me to see First Blood in the theater. I was 11 but I could handle it.

Rambo only killed one guy and it was by accident.

...he killed himself but they cut that because they realized they had a franchise to make.


It's still a pretty intense flick. Heavy subject matter, all stunts were practical effects, no green screen.
 
2021-12-26 3:13:56 PM  
Nobody of any age should have to watch Forrest Gump.
 
2021-12-26 3:21:01 PM  
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2021-12-26 3:21:31 PM  
The author claimed that POLIO was why Forrest was in leg braces and danced funny.

Stopped reading right there...
 
2021-12-26 3:22:40 PM  
An old friend told me recently that she watched Forrest Gump with her children over Thanksgiving.
"They loved it," she said.
[...]
Her children are 11, 9, and 7.
"No, they didn't," I told her.
The phone was quiet, and I felt a little bad.
[...]
I explained: Sure, her kids found Forrest endearing. He runs across the country, which is fun. And they love Tom Hanks from Big and Splash, and maybe Turner & Hooch. And Bubba!
But they didn't get it.


This never happened.
 
2021-12-26 3:24:14 PM  
Every list for movies not to show should contain "A Serbian Film", no matter the audience's age.
 
2021-12-26 3:25:31 PM  
My take-away is that your kids will never get to you see the same movie you remember seeing. There are a lot of reasons for that, and the article covered most of them. The main one is that people don't really remember movies that well.
 
2021-12-26 3:26:22 PM  
I watched Beavis and Butthead Do America for the first time when I was a junior in college in 2007-8. So around 20-21 years old. And while I saw Beavis and Butthead on MTV as a kid, I never had the chance to see the movie till college. I was buzzed and watched the movie by myself one afternoon, and I'm not joking or exaggerating when I say I literally laughed and then cried when I realized that I will never again have such a magical moment watching that movie. As a young adult making terrible decisions, that movie whispered to my soul. I get it author, I get it.
 
2021-12-26 3:28:18 PM  

Jake Havechek: My old man took me to see First Blood in the theater. I was 11 but I could handle it.


It isn't really all that bad. Only one death. And it is accidental.
 
2021-12-26 3:54:51 PM  
Writing in 2021 about children that are 7, 9, and 11, TFA author says "Sure, her kids found Forrest endearing. He runs across the country, which is fun. And they love Tom Hanks from Big and Splash, and maybe Turner & Hooch.

...TFA author is a farking idiot.
 
2021-12-26 3:59:51 PM  

firesign: Writing in 2021 about children that are 7, 9, and 11, TFA author says "Sure, her kids found Forrest endearing. He runs across the country, which is fun. And they love Tom Hanks from Big and Splash, and maybe Turner & Hooch.

...TFA author is a farking idiot.


Ah yes, Turner & Hooch, a cinematic masterpiece only equal to Joe Versus The Volcano.
 
2021-12-26 4:03:59 PM  

downstairs: When I was 9, I was smart enough to understand the basics of these complex geopolitical and cultural issues.  The basics, which is good enough and thus probably a good exercise for my parents to let me explore more.

I knew the essence of what a John Lennon, Ronald Reagan/Mikhail Gorbachev, Nixon, etc. were.  And I ate this stuff up.  I remember wanting to know more, wanting to explore the news and culture, wanting to be a part of it.

I was not super abnormal.  Kids get smart quick.  They're smarter than you think.


*pats you on head*

Go finish your coloring book.
 
2021-12-26 4:04:02 PM  

Notabunny: Whatever. I didn't get all the sexual innuendos in the cartoons I watched as a kid, but I still enjoyed watching the cartoons. And as a bonus, when I watched them as an adult I had new reasons to laugh. Win-win!


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2021-12-26 4:04:28 PM  
I saw this first hand several years ago when I tried to show my then mid-late teens kids "Spinal Tap." They had absolutely no frame of reference for it and wandered off after about fifteen minutes.
 
2021-12-26 4:06:07 PM  

skinink: Every list for movies not to show should contain "A Serbian Film", no matter the audience's age.


Also, kids shouldn't watch Kids.  Also also: no one with a soul should watch Kids.
 
2021-12-26 4:06:35 PM  

Mugato: First of all, Forrest Gump is the worst movie ever made. Closely beating Titanic.

The Matrix? Sure, show it to your 11-year-old. She'll love those cool camera effects during the fights! She just won't have a fking clue what the movie is about.

I'm sorry that your 11 year old is mentally challenged.

Anyway, I saw Jaws, Alien and saw my first boobs in Airplane! when I was three. What damages do people think are going to happen to kids if they watch "adult" movies? I'm not talking about porn, I just mean kids can handle a little violence and boobs.


I was renting faces of death age 10 but nothing gave nightmares like Pinocchio or Dumbo.
 
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