Executive Producer Steven Spielberg , Director Shawn Levy and his DreamWorks gang are commercial geniuses. They’ve created a situation in which I, a movie violence watchdog, could fall for a drama in which a blood-thisty crowd cheers as boxers pummel each other to the death. It's so unlike me, and yet, Real Steel had me literally biting my nailsover the outcome of boxing matches. I cried, too. Here’s why it’s genius: because the fighting protagonists are robots, I somehow feel less concerned that children in the audience may be negatively affected. The cringe-factor is removed, permitting me to get wrapped up in the action and just have fun.
Not only was Real Steel appropriate for my children, It was also a really good movie. I love Steven Spielberg, so I should have known. Not being a robot or boxing fan I was reluctant to go. I imagine the film industry strategically inserted the pg-13 parts to get the 12+ boys to think it was cool enough. I might add, Hugh Jackman is a nice touch for the female grown ups. Great pick advice Kids Pick Flicks.
Spielberg almost had nothing to do with the movie actually. H ejust donated his money bc he thought the concept sounded cool. I'm not dumping on spielberg, I love him too, I just wanted to let you know that Shawn Levy is the real genius behind this particular movie.
Good to know. I'll keep my eye out for more Shawn Levy projects.
This article is typical American nonsense. Solipsistic parents, child-worshippers, as George Carlin called them, who seemingly worry day-and-night that their teenagers will be exposed to something they "shouldn't be." Instead of being the "content police," teach your children about art (if you know anything about it). Expose them to the great European films of the 1960's and 1970's, take them to art museums, provide them with film criticism. Moreover, relying on the rating system is the WORST thing a parent can do - do you not have your own set of values, morals, interests? Apparently not, as you let others make the judgment call for you. Encourage critical thinking in your children - not weariness, fear, and paranoia.
I have to say that you should be rating it for yourself. If you don't want your children seeing some violence then check the film before you go. This film was about much more than the violence that was in it. I also don't agree with some of the ratings for video games so my son plays a few that are rated M. So what, so did I as a child and I turned out just fine.
It's the love and guidance in the home that make the difference.
i am baffled.
Everyone is different. I've been watching rated-r since I was 5, and I'm fine. I get sooo pissed that parents(who don't have to take themselves or their children to see things) complain about things. Yet they take their kids to see alvin & the chipmunks and hop. That are filled with nothing but bathroom humor. Screw over-p.c. people is what I think.
i agree with you my mans people are way too sensitive. if parents care so much than they need to watch the trailers and read reviews first before they take there spoiled *** kids. people like that make me sick.
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