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My kids are ten and thirteen, so I have different concerns for each,
partly based on age, partly based on personality. My older one
a boy has near total free rein. I try to keep the super-violent
stuff out of our house, but who knows what he watches when hes at
a friend's? Plus, he never fails to remind me that he can download
anything from the Internet. As far as sexual content, I wouldn't
let my daughter see There's Something About Mary or American
Pie, but my son has seen them both several times. My daughter
doesn't want to watch anything violent or scary, so those aren't
issues. But I don't go by ratings alone. For instance, she loved
Romy and Michele s High School Reunion, an R-rated movie.
But I wouldnt want her to see The Sixth Sense, which was
rated PG-13, because there were some really disturbing images, like
that kid who accidentally blew off the back of his head while playing
with his dad's gun.
Age 13 (Roz Chast's son)
I like Half Baked, which is a no-brainer, laugh-out-loud
comedy that will have you rolling on the floor in the first ten
minutes. The Shawshank Redemption and Face Off are
classics in my book. They are both clever, not with some pointless,
predictable plot. What makes a good drama is if the viewer can get
into the plot. It's hard to make a good comedy. It cannot be overdone.
It has to be simple and somewhat stupid like Half Baked.
My mom lets me watch pretty much everything I want. My dad, on the
other hand, thinks he can guard me from what's outside our little
town. He ll let me get 95 percent of R's, but he probably wouldn
t let me rent American Pie. I already saw it in the theater
with his permission, but I doubt hed let me see it again for some
reason. I don't think he understands what I have seen already and
that seeing more of it cannot repair the damage that has, in his
opinion, already been done. Does he think that if I see Scarface,
which I've seen twice, that I'm going to bring a gun into school?
If I see someone smoking weed in a movie, does he think I'm going
to do that? If I see someone doing a good deed in a movie, does
he think I am going to do that, too? If I wanted to smoke weed,
I would! I guess if I ever do he will have an excuse: It was the