Monday, December 24th, 2007
Parent Movie Reviews and Two Questions for You
My 3-year-old daughter is one-of-a-kind at her preschool. A couple weeks ago, some unauthorized chatter about Jerry Seinfeld’s Bee Movie began at circle time. Initial attempts to squelch the buzz failed and the teacher quickly realized that to put the topic past them, she had to ask, "Okay, how many of you have seen the Bee Movie?"
My daughter was the only child who didn’t raise her hand.
As a baby, we avoided "educational" videos because we were concerned about negative effects on brain development. Today, my reaction to TV and film is, "We’ve gotten this far without it, so let’s see how far we can go."
It’s not for any religious or deep moral reason. I just figure if she’s okay, no need to rush things.
But that classroom poll got me thinking. At my daughter’s young age, I want to meter her exposure to certain imagery and ideas. Where will I go for a detailed film analysis?
I’ve found three review sites that provide an itemized list of scenes involving sex, violence, profanity and so forth.
I avoided the many religious review websites "out there" because moral values are relative, with a wide variance in what’s considered acceptable.
The three sites I settled on appear to be secular, describing potentially negative content and leaving it to me to decide what’s appropriate.
I have two questions for you…
At what age did you first successfully sit your kid down to watch a 90-minute film?
If you’ve seen the Bee Movie (or Alvin and the Chipmunks) released in 2007, do these assessments do the film justice? (See below.) Any errors, omissions or ridiculousness?
- Screen It! (Detailed: tracks 15 categories of movie content).
- Kids-in-mind (Overview: tracks 3 categories of movie content).
- Common Sense Media (Overview: tracks 7 less detailed categories, and includes an opinionated review separate from the rankings).
Alvin and the Chipmunks: