Since I primarily review movies and television series, and am open to so many film discussions, I thought I’d share a little bit about my view of Hollywood’s constant bid to employ filth. All in an attempt to make us assume this is the “norm.” Some of you may already know my opinion on this (or rather my “rant”) but if not, then today’s a good day to let you know my rule as regards movies in general.
As a child, my parents did guard against any “adult” movies. PG13 ratings were out without a question and movies that merely require “parental guidance” (according to the MPAA) still got a preview out of caution. Raised in a household where Christianity was at the forefront of teaching and discussion, my parents were not about to let me see anything that might promote something we didn’t believe in. As a result movies were pretty much limited to Veggie Tales, Anne of Green Gables and the Mary-Kate and Ashley movie collection. By the time I reached my teenage years and being such a romantic, I did always want to see the latest romantic-comedy (title that normally had a PG13 rating). My mom often watched them and if appropriate, we’d watch it. If not, I’d contently put on The Parent Trap for the billionth time.
As an older teen, things started to shift and for whatever reason we began “risking” movies: we’d read the synopsis, find something that sounded cute and rent it for the night. Some of the movies turn out to be genuine treasures (even with their faults), others end up to be trash.
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The big difference in my situation when seeing the latest blockbuster that might have been pushing an R-rating is I didn’t see it with a group of my peers. Some of you might see this practice as “extreme,” but in adulthood I’m so sad to rent what sounds like an adorable movie, get done watching it and shake my head at the thought that thirteen-year-olds will watch this. Worse yet, that they comprehend it all.
Was I sheltered in that way as a girl? Yes, I was much protected. Do I regret it? No, I don’t because looking back, I didn’t need to fill my mind with the twisted scenarios Hollywood wants to encourage its audience towards. I remember being in the theater at a PG13 movie, and being embarrassed that a girl – no older than ten, was sitting in on the movie! It’s not a movie that should be for her and what’s worse, she and her even younger brother understand what’s going on.
In recent years I’ve developed the mind-set that families should either make the decision to watch movies and “accept” the flaws or watch nothing because you aren’t going to find something that has nothing disagreeable in it. True maybe the movie won’t be rampant with profanity but perhaps it will be a conviction a character has that isn’t yours. I look for the good in a screenplay and sometimes I find it, sometimes there’s nothing good to find. Because of how I was raised, knowing right and wrong, now as a young adult, movies won’t influence or sway me to do wrong. What I do understand is that, sadly, many girls will let something on-screen influence their life…
Unfortunately, today’s society is very much about teen idols, whom young teens look up to. Whether they have no parental guidance or their parents simply enjoy using the movie theater as a “baby-sitter,” the scenario needs care.
Below I am listing how I “format” my reviews in order to give you a better idea of my reviewing style:
- Usually I begin with what led up to my seeing something or my first impressions of the movie.
- The second thing I write about is the film or miniseries synopsis. (If it is a TV show, I give the plot outline for the first episode.) Also included in this two or three paragraph section are the names of the cast members with their character.
- Next I discuss the pros and cons of the production. I share my thoughts on anything from the casting to the script and whatever else captures my fancy. You may also notice that I tend to write longer reviews; and that I nearly always talk about the characters in the story. The reason for the latter subject is because the characters are important to the outcome and structure of a story. Even though they are fictitious I often want to talk about what their behavior might suggest.
- Lastly you will notice a smaller paragraph at the footnote which has the MPAA rating following a brief content guide. I share whether the movie has a lot of profanity, violence and/or sexual material. The movie will either be G, PG or PG13. Generally speaking, I steer clear of R-rated films. Television shows are different than movies, they determine their ratings by a different scale. They’re usually “TVPG,” “TV14” or “TVMA.” The first is self-explanatory while the second generally equals a “PG13” rating and the last is like an R-rating; sometimes even a step beyond that.
Ultimately what is “right” for your families entertainment is up to the individual. Whatever your rules are as regards movies and television, maybe the best requirements are these; pop a gigantic bowl of popcorn, plop in front of the TV and let the story sweep you away. After that, there is only one thing to say; Enjoy the show!