How should my son be to watch a rated R movie

Sandra - posted on 07/31/2013 ( 23 moms have responded )

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My son is ten and he wants to watch funny R movies. I'm not sure if I should let him because he is around his dad a lot and says a bad word at least every 5 minutes

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Firebird - posted on 08/02/2013

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I haven't seen Ted or 21 Jump Street, and I couldn't bring myself to watch past the first Hangover movie. But from what I've heard about these movies, there's no way a 10 year old should be watching them!

Jodi - posted on 08/02/2013

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Ted? No
The Hangover? No
I haven't personally watched 21 Jump Street the movie, only the Johnny Depp days when it was a series, so I can't say.

However, none of the themes in these other two are appropriate for a 10 year old. They aren't just "funny" movies. The entire themes are inappropriate.

In Australia, these are MA 15+ (so anyone over 15 can watch them legally), and to be honest, I wouldn't consider anyone under 15 okay to watch them. I think 15 is the youngest I would consider them appropriate.

Can I ask why you feel the need to ask the question?

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Denikka - posted on 08/05/2013

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It really all depends on you. My grandma and I loved watching horror movies so I was watching R rated movies (mainly gore and violence ratings) by about age 13, if not sooner :P
But I was mature enough to handle it. I never swore around my family until I was well over 16 (and then ONLY with very good reason and VERY rarely) and I was a generally good kid.
Watch the movies first, as others have suggested, and make your own decision. Different kids handle things in different ways. Some may be mature enough to handle more adult humor or situations, others may not. You know your child best, so you need to make the call :)

Jenna Paige - posted on 08/04/2013

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There's nothing wrong with other movie discs but
Yea you could do that :}

Carol - posted on 08/04/2013

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Go to Pluggedin.com for movie reviews and suggestions for wholesome alternatives. Your son doesn't have to see every movie that sounds exciting. Find him some good clean ones--there are a few!

Melissa - posted on 08/04/2013

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no there is subject matter he will not understand yet and shouldn't be exposed to.

Dove - posted on 08/02/2013

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I don't even like to watch R rated movies... I WILL if it's a story line that I really want to see, but while I'm watching it I always wish they could redo it to have a PG13 rating instead.

I can't imagine allowing my children to watch anything R rated without a VERY compelling reason for that particular movie... Though there are 'some' R rated ones that aren't too bad... definitely not under 13/14 at the absolute youngest... preferably 16+.

Courtney - posted on 08/02/2013

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My opinion is watch the movie yourself and then decide on how you feel about it. Some R rated movies shouldn't be and some PG13 should be R rated. e how you feel about the movie before you make your decision. That way you know for a fact what you are saying yes or no to. That way you can make an informed decision.

Mindy - posted on 08/02/2013

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I would say NO! These movies are rated R for a reason. They are inappropriate for young kids. They don't have the cognitive ability to understand these things even though you may think he does. Let him watch PG or PG 13 that you approve first. Kids are exposed to too much too soon. Just let then be kids!

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 08/02/2013

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Sandra, have YOU watched any of those movies yet?

None of them are appropriate for a 10 YO! Good grief, Ted was even almost too much for me, and I've got a pretty raunchy sense of humour!

And, before we go any further, if he's telling you that "all of his friends have watched them"...They most likely haven't.

Chet - posted on 08/02/2013

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The movie rating system is a little bit broken. I try not to go by the rating of the movie, but to actually consider the content. For example, our kids don't watch just any G movie. They're little and find some G movies scary or upsetting. A couple years ago though, there was a really great documentary about bullying that got an R rating. In my mind, it would be a very reasonable movie for lots of 11 or 12 year olds to watch and I hope our kids do watch it as tweens. A lot of the humour in R rated movies is quite sexual, and I think you need to be fairly mature to appreciate the context. That is, I would worry about young kids watching humorous R rated movies and seeing them as an example of what is okay rather than realising a lot of the humour is funny because it's so not okay.

Sarah - posted on 08/01/2013

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There is a reason why it is rated R and why they say R movies are only appropriate for those 18 yrs and older. Your son is only 10 yrs old.....definitely not appropriate for an R movie! What kids see and hear also comes out.

Andrea - posted on 08/01/2013

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maybe if you watched the movie with him and explain = that he shouldnt use bad language its just on movies being silly thats what i do with my son and he knows not to use bad language

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 08/01/2013

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The movie rating system is in place for a reason.

That being said, you are the parent. If you want to let your kid watch a movie that is totally inappropriate for his age and understanding level, that's entirely up to you.

My kids didn't start watching R rated until they were 15 or 16, depending on the movie.

Jodi - posted on 08/01/2013

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Um, no, not at 10. 16, 17, maybe, depending on what it is, but 10? No way!!

Firebird - posted on 07/31/2013

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R movies for a 10 year old is a really bad idea. I'd let some slide at 16 but that would only be after I've seen them and determined there's nothing too inappropriate for a 16 year old. PG 13 is as high as I've allowed my daughter to watch, and again, that's after I've watched them alone first.

Michelle - posted on 07/31/2013

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There is a reason that R rated movies are for 18+, like Evelyn said. There is no way I would let a 10yo see an R rated movie.

Ev - posted on 07/31/2013

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Rated R movies are rated that for a reason. No child under the age of ten should be watching them really. They have language themes, sexual themes, violence themes and a lot of other things. These movies are intended for adults to watch. I never understood parents who let their kids see movies rated above their ages. I have let my son see PG-13 movies but it was on the note that what he saw was something he had seen already. He never saw a rated R until I deemed it okay....even at 16 there are some things I would rather him not see.

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