Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Harry Potter

I'm a fan. Remember when I took the kids to the HP Party in Soho?

On movie night at our house, the girls often choose Harry Potter. Jason usually watches it with me. They are allowed to watch 1 through 3 because 4 and 5 are rated PG-13.

So. Last night I see the preview for 6 and it's PG.

WHAT?

So, do I let the kids see 6?

Do I let them see 6 and not 4 and 5?

Do I let them see 4 and 5 and then 6?

Where do I draw the Harry Potter Lines?

13 comments:

kristi said...

I have let my kids see all of them, but I am probably not a very good example. I have probably let my kids see too many things, we have just started being more strict at the things we let them see. I have started really restricting the scariness and violence levels. I am not really sure what my problem was before, I don't know why I have let them see some of the movies they have seen. Obviously nothing rated R, but still!!! Ok, my babbling is done :)

teamZ said...

JR was wondering the same thing. He is happy that 6 is PG. Let me know what you decide.

The Sauls Family said...

Honestly?? Ratings are one of *many* guidelines. They are arbitrary at best. There's no way that the 6th movie (or the two 7th movies, for that matter) are going to be less scary/violent/emotional than the 4th and 5th movies were.

The line you should draw is the one you set for yourself, after you've seen the movie. Then make your decision- don't let the rating board make it for you.

Chloe said...

I have a 6 year old and a 4 1/2 year old - all they are allowed to watch up until now are HP 1 & 2. Sorry, but those movies, as much as I (an adult) love them are really intense and just too much for little kids. We saw the preview for HP6 yesterday at a screening of Night at the Museum (which is great, btw) and there is NO way my kids are seeing that anytime soon. If you have questions about what is actually in the movie, go to IMBD - there is a section on there where parents can write comments about material in the movie - it's a great way to find out if that PG rating really means PG in your own household :)

Kage said...

All of a sudden this feels like Tales from the Crib. Chloe, I do use that IMDB feature quite a lot and I thought about reading up on all the movies and cross comparing. Are the parental guidelines up before it comes out?

Amee said...

Although I LOVE the Harrly Potter movies and haven't really restricted them yet, I have noticed that they give my DD (7) nightmares. We watched one last week and yep, nightmares again!

jlk said...

I let my kids watch 3-5 on tv, but not on DVD. The scarier parts are edited down a little. I'll probably do the same with 6&7, but it does seem a little odd that they would tame down the rating. They are on ABC Fam all the time.

beth said...

I'm poor enough that if there is even a question that my kids will cry and want to leave the movie I don't take them. I don't wanna waste the $$$ and create a bad situation. Of course I'd take them out, but in the back of my head I'd be annoyed for spending the money on it. I could spend it on a date night with Adam at the movies, or taking the kids to ice cream - whatever. Don't know if that helps at all.

Kage said...

Ok. I just looked it up on IMDB, and this quote stood out: "Bloody violence but despite being gravely mis-rated by the MPAA at PG nothing more than a PG-13 level will be included"

So, this parent obviously thinks it should be PG-13.

My kids do not have nightmares and do not typically get scared in movies...certainly never had to walk out of a film.

But I think from the comment above, in my mind I will probably treat it as PG-13, which means my wee ones will not be seeing it.

jlk, I have never come across 5 on tv, but 4, yes....but that's just too big to tivo when I have it sitting right there on DVD...we'll see, waiting is a good thing.....

evie parks said...

Has anyone heard of Clearplay? It's a DVD player you can buy for about $70 and, based on settings you customize, filters out language, sexuality, violence, etc. We got one about a year ago after encountering these "do we or don't we?" movie situations with our oldest, who is 6.
Whenever there's a movie he wants to see that we're not so sure about, we wait for it to come out on DVD and then play it in the Clearplay.
It's been perfect for us, never had any mishaps with it- very easy to use and customize.

Lisa said...

Yes, but remember when they were at my house and Pheobe watched 4,5 and 6? ;)

Anonymous said...

you could always just summarize for them the ones they dont see and take them to see the 6th one. you can not trust ratings though. you will also find that when your girls are 13, that there will still be pg13 movies that you wouldnt want them to see. there are some movies i have seen that are pg13 that were worse than some r movies! its rididculous! i really dont understand why there has to be sexual inuendo in movies aimed at small children!sorry for my rambling!
christy

Anonymous said...

sorry for the bad sentence structure & misspellings, i didnt proof read!
christy