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rlu929s
05-03-12, 03:53 PM
My 5yr old son is really excited to see this movie. We've been planning for it for a while.

I've read some of the reviews for parents and it seems questionable.

I'm trying to decide whether to wait till video or just go in and cover eyes during any bad parts.

I've heard it's mostly action violence with very little gore, but there are a couple deaths.

Thoughts?

bluetoast
05-03-12, 03:54 PM
I work at a school and one of my six year old students says that he's going to go see it. Says he's seen Iron Man, Thor, etc already.

The Bus
05-03-12, 04:00 PM
I can't decide what's right for your kid or not, but there's definitely deaths that are not just "cartoon" deaths (there's blood).

The Antipodean
05-03-12, 04:01 PM
Took my 8 year old who's on the sensitive side, and he loved it although he covered his eyes a few times.

Dragon Tattoo
05-03-12, 04:03 PM
Pretty funny how young kids can't even see superhero movies anymore.

Solid Snake
05-03-12, 04:04 PM
My 5yr old son is really excited to see this movie. We've been planning for it for a while.

I've read some of the reviews for parents and it seems questionable.

I'm trying to decide whether to wait till video or just go in and cover eyes during any bad parts.

I've heard it's mostly action violence with very little gore, but there are a couple deaths.

Thoughts?

could you link us to those reviews. I'm interested in seeing what a "parent review" is like.

also..holy crap. Last time you posted was in December 2005.

Deftones
05-03-12, 04:09 PM
could you link us to those reviews. I'm interested in seeing what a "parent review" is like.

also..holy crap. Last time you posted was in December 2005.

I'd imagine this review would be pretty good at telling you how it is for kids: http://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/avengers

Solid Snake
05-03-12, 04:15 PM
wow...that makes me cringe. *shudder*

Mabuse
05-03-12, 04:16 PM
Pretty funny how young kids can't even see superhero movies anymore.

It is kind of strange. Characters that used to be "for kids" are now staring in versions of their stories that are only acceptable for kids 10 and up (in my opinion).

My 4 year old daughter knows about Batman from the T-Shirts of the boys in her preschool. I thought "Maybe I should show her some batman." But even the cartoon is too intense for a 4 year old. I showed her the Adam West 1960's version. She liked it. She doesn't get that it's a comedy. Perfect level of action for a 4 year old and dad can laugh at the camp sillyness and oogle Lee Merriweather--Meeooow!

devilshalo
05-03-12, 04:19 PM
I am taking young kids. Just random ones I steal from the local mall.

Solid Snake
05-03-12, 04:22 PM
For me personally...all the Marvel Studio ones are free game. I wouldn't show my kid the Nolan Batman film till a certain age....whichever age that would be for me.

Save Ferris
05-03-12, 04:23 PM
I don't remember seeing any blood in the Avengers. Maybe a bloody nose?

Solid Snake
05-03-12, 04:24 PM
I don't remember seeing any blood in the Avengers. Maybe a bloody nose?

from the trailers and clips..I think some of them get some cuts on their heads and the whatnot.

Jules Winfield
05-03-12, 04:26 PM
I'm considering taking my three year old. I'm definitely going by myself first to determine if its fine. Me personally, I think it depends on the kid.

Jules Winfield
05-03-12, 04:28 PM
I am taking young kids. Just random ones I steal from the local mall.

Make sure you don't steal any babies. You want to make sure they can walk so you don't have to wear one of those embarrassing baby bjorns.

kgrogers1979
05-03-12, 04:41 PM
Pretty funny how young kids can't even see superhero movies anymore.

The majority of comic books themselves aren't appropriate for young kids anymore either. An issue of Catwoman last year showed Batman and Catwoman having pretty graphic sex.

devilshalo
05-03-12, 05:09 PM
Make sure you don't steal any babies. You want to make sure they can walk so you don't have to wear one of those embarrassing baby bjorns.

I'm not an asshole. I don't take babies to movies. What kind of person does that?!

Draven
05-03-12, 05:14 PM
I don't remember seeing any blood in the Avengers. Maybe a bloody nose?

No, there is.

I think the issue is that those movies were made for us when we were kids...and now they're still made for us as adults.

Though Star Wars has some fairly intense moments. Anyway, I might take my 8-year-old to this but not my 6-year-old.

Spottedfeather
05-03-12, 05:28 PM
They see the same stuff in the comics, but people don't think they should see the movie ? Odd.

arminius
05-03-12, 05:47 PM
I took my 4 year old son and 11 year old daughter to Starship Troopers. They liked it, we even got the action figures. This is just a damn comic book. They'll be fine.

TimeandTide
05-03-12, 05:51 PM
Me personally, I think it depends on the kid.

:thumbsup:

Totally depends on the kid. I've been taking my son to action films since he was 3 (when I discovered he could sit quietly and enthralled throughout 2+ hour film). He's 9 now and the last movie we saw was Act of Valor (which we both loved). Avengers should be quite tame in comparison.

Solid Snake
05-03-12, 08:09 PM
They see the same stuff in the comics, but people don't think they should see the movie ? Odd.

it's cuz comics are for kids and their parents don't read the comics. They just know it's for kids.

Osiris3657
05-03-12, 09:01 PM
You could check out "MovieMom", she writes reviews specifically from the viewpoint of a parent. Here's her Avengers review.

http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/2012/05/the-avengers.html

Solid Snake
05-03-12, 09:09 PM
ok so...i'm going to sound like an asshole, and I can easily live w/ that, but..these parent reviews.

Family discussion: Why was it so hard for the Avengers to learn to work together? What was the most important thing they had in common?


I can't help but laugh at this. Really? REALLY?

Obi-Wan Jabroni
05-04-12, 05:14 AM
If my kids were old enough to sit thru a movie at the theater (My twins are 3, and I don't think they're quite there yet), and interested, I would absolutely take them.

rlu929s
05-04-12, 09:12 AM
I've hyped it up so much I'm probably going to take him. Not the question is what time take him lol.

It's either tonight (going to be nuts) or one night next week.

BambooLounge
05-04-12, 09:23 AM
I saw all the Marvel movies yesterday and placing them on a scale, I'd say Captain America was the most graphic (soldiers being incinerated and Red Skull's appearance) with Thor being the least graphic (all cartoonish). The Avengers falls in between, yes, real humans bleed a little, but there is nothing I found to be over the top or nearing The Dark Knight levels.

After seeing all of them back to back though, I strongly recommend parents tell their children that falling/shattering glass will in fact hurt them and could cause death or injury. I could not believe the amount of glass that just rains down on people sans any negative consequence, ever. (Iron Man movies are the biggest offenders).

Dr. DVD
05-04-12, 09:40 AM
I would say any kid 5 or older could enjoy it. The violence is very comic book/cartoon style, and in all honesty no more intense than what you might experience on a theme park ride. However, there is a lot of character stuff that might seem kind of talky and boring to a young one. That should really be more of the concern, as you will most likely be sharing an audience with people of all ages and fidgeting might be frowned upon, if your kid is prone to such behavior.

Rob V
05-04-12, 11:53 AM
It is kind of strange. Characters that used to be "for kids" are now staring in versions of their stories that are only acceptable for kids 10 and up (in my opinion).

My 4 year old daughter knows about Batman from the T-Shirts of the boys in her preschool. I thought "Maybe I should show her some batman." But even the cartoon is too intense for a 4 year old. I showed her the Adam West 1960's version. She liked it. She doesn't get that it's a comedy. Perfect level of action for a 4 year old and dad can laugh at the camp sillyness and oogle Lee Merriweather--Meeooow!

Funny because my son is a 4-year old Batman NUT! I can't let him watch anything unsupervised so we happened to find 1960 Batman reruns on HUBHD. Now I record them every night and my kids love it.

As for Avengers, I'm taking my kids (4 and 9). I will obviously do my best to censor things my 4 year old shouldn't see but I think the 9 year old will be ok.

rlu929s
05-04-12, 01:49 PM
Got our 6:30 tickets, so here we go. Going to the 2D showing. I learned the hard way he's not ready to wear glasses for 2 hours...shoot I'm not really that big of a fan:)

That makes me feel better.

I agree with what the last couple have stated. I didn't let my boy watch much of Captain America, but he has seen Hulk (some), Thor, and both Iron Man movies.

He gets very limited viewing of the Batman movies and if I'm not there to fast forward....that's exactly why I bought the 1960 Batman movie:)

"Let me use my Shark Repellent Bat Spray"

Love It!

Mabuse
05-04-12, 01:51 PM
If you guys don't mind I'd like to steer this thread a little off topic. But since it's all parents in this thread it seems like a good place.

Does the MPAA rating have any bearing on your decision to take your kids? This movie is PG-13 yet most of you are saying you will take your 4 year olds. I wouldn't take my 4 year old to this simply because she wouldn't be interested and she doesn't know these characters. Furthermore I'm less worried about violence then I am that the film would frighten her. She's seen a lot of movies but she hasn't seen anything this intense before. Let's use 2001's Spiderman as an example. Would you guys take your kid to that? I would not take my 4 year old, not because of violence but because I know the Green Goblin would scare the shit out of her.

And back to the MPAA, when the Avengers and the Dark Knight are both PG-13 and everyone in this thread is saying, "I would take my 4 year old to the Avengers but I'd wait until they were 10 to see the Dark Knight" I have to say that the ratings system may need to be reevaluated.

Groucho
05-04-12, 01:51 PM
There's nothing in this that they wouldn't see if they stayed home and watched Piranha 3D.

Obi-Wan Jabroni
05-04-12, 02:09 PM
If you guys don't mind I'd like to steer this thread a little off topic. But since it's all parents in this thread it seems like a good place.

Does the MPAA rating have any bearing on your decision to take your kids? This movie is PG-13 yet most of you are saying you will take your 4 year olds. I wouldn't take my 4 year old to this simply because she wouldn't be interested and she doesn't know these characters. Furthermore I'm less worried about violence then I am that the film would frighten her. She's seen a lot of movies but she hasn't seen anything this intense before. Let's use 2001's Spiderman as an example. Would you guys take your kid to that? I would not take my 4 year old, not because of violence but because I know the Green Goblin would scare the shit out of her.

And back to the MPAA, when the Avengers and the Dark Knight are both PG-13 and everyone in this thread is saying, "I would take my 4 year old to the Avengers but I'd wait until they were 10 to see the Dark Knight" I have to say that the ratings system may need to be reevaluated.

It all depends on the individual kid and what you think they can handle. I know I was watching PG-13 movies long before I was 13, and my parents took me to a lot of those movies. PG-13 doesn't mean no one under 13 should see the movie, it means what it says "Parental Guidance Strongly Suggested For Children under 13". Which to me says, be a freaking parent and watch what your kids are watching.

Larry C.
05-04-12, 02:29 PM
I remember watching the Exorcist when I was 6. I didn't let my kids watch it until they were 10. How times have changed.

Rob V
05-04-12, 02:35 PM
Maybe a double standard but I wouldn't have taken my daughter when she was 4 either. She had no interest and I think it's a girl thing... my son, however, has been hardcore into these characters since he turned 3. And quite honestly, if I don't take him, I don't get to go either because a babysitter is not in the cards this weekend.

Vlyger
05-04-12, 02:46 PM
I remember long ago when superhero movies were rated PG, then 1989 came along and Tim Burton's Batman resulted in the PG-13 standard we have today. I still can't believe Howard The Duck (1986) was PG when it should have been PG-13. The REAL Howard The Duck would be rated R, but that's another story.

The same can be said about G rated movies. They are virtually obsolete today. It seems kid friendly/animated films are assigned a PG by default due to what the MPAA deems to be "crude humor". But then again, I don't understand why horror films that should be rated R in the first place are released theatrically as PG-13 and then later released on home video format as either R or Unrated, not to mention Director's Cut, Extended Edition, etc. Why even bother going to the theaters and pay a lot for something inferior for the limited couple hours when in the long run you can buy/rent a superior product for a lot less which you can keep for a longer period?

Shannon Nutt
05-04-12, 03:02 PM
If anyone plans to take their young kids, please post here so I can avoid that theater. :)

Larry C.
05-04-12, 03:10 PM
If anyone plans to take their young kids, please post here so I can avoid that theater. :)

:lol: I think your gonna be screwed buddy. If not kids then teens on their phones and texting.

Groucho
05-04-12, 03:12 PM
If anyone plans to take their young kids, please post here so I can avoid that theater. :)All of the theaters. Unless you wait 2-3 weeks and go to a late night show on a weekday. :shrug:

Dr. DVD
05-04-12, 04:34 PM
I remember wanting to see Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom when I saw seven. My parents saw it and said there was no way I would be seeing that for a while. They made a good call IMO. They did let me watch Raiders, which in all honesty had just about as much scary stuff as ToD, just not as concentrated and non-stop.

kgrogers1979
05-04-12, 04:42 PM
I remember watching the Exorcist when I was 6. I didn't let my kids watch it until they were 10. How times have changed.

Yeah, I watched all the Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Friday the 13th, etc movies when I was a young kid and I turned out alright.

I read Batman: The Killing Joke when I was 10, and that had more mature content than any Batman movie likely ever will.

Larry C.
05-04-12, 05:00 PM
Yeah, I watched all the Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Friday the 13th, etc movies when I was a young kid and I turned out alright.

I read Batman: The Killing Joke when I was 10, and that had more mature content than any Batman movie likely ever will.

I remember my stepfather opening the Sunday paper and asking me to pick a movie.

It was 1984(I was 10) and what was the coolest looking poster art that weekend????


http://www.impawards.com/1984/posters/nightmare_on_elm_street.jpg

Philzilla
05-04-12, 05:14 PM
:lol: I think your gonna be screwed buddy. If not kids then teens on their phones and texting.

True, but I'll punch a teen

The Bus
05-04-12, 05:28 PM
:lol: at the thought that modern comics are for 5-year olds.

Jules Winfield
05-04-12, 05:34 PM
:lol: at the thought that modern comics are for 5-year olds.

Yeah, when I think of comics for 5 year olds, I think of Archie and Casper.

Trevor
05-04-12, 06:06 PM
I'll take my 10 year old to see it, but some of the other Marvel super-hero films are a bit too mature for her imo.

Mabuse
05-04-12, 06:37 PM
The same can be said about G rated movies. They are virtually obsolete today. Toy Story 3, Cars 2, and Ariety the Borrower are three G rated movies I can think of off the top of my head. Every Pixar movie has been G.

Spottedfeather
05-04-12, 07:11 PM
it's cuz comics are for kids and their parents don't read the comics. They just know it's for kids.

Comics are for kids ? I'm guessing you've only read stuff already mentioned like Casper, Archie, Ducktales, and stuff like that ? A lot of the time, comics are far more gory and violent than most movies.

joe_b
05-04-12, 07:31 PM
Yeah, I watched all the Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Friday the 13th, etc movies when I was a young kid and I turned out alright.Halloween, Creepshow -- all that was fine when I was 11 or 12, but The Exorcist did a major number on my delicate psyche. I couldn't sleep for a week. My grandmother took my mom to see it in theaters when she was 14. The movie made them both so ill that they pulled a Linda Blair and puked in the bathroom afterwards. Always love hearing that story :lol:

As for The Avengers, I saw pre-school age children in the theater and none of them seemed too upset or had to be taken from the theater. I'd say that's a good sign.

I still can't believe Howard The Duck (1986) was PG when it should have been PG-13. The REAL Howard The Duck would be rated R, but that's another story.I think those duck boobs alone would have landed it an R rating in these overly conservative times. ;)

kgrogers1979
05-04-12, 07:45 PM
Comics are for kids ? I'm guessing you've only read stuff already mentioned like Casper, Archie, Ducktales, and stuff like that ? A lot of the time, comics are far more gory and violent than most movies.

I am pretty sure he was being sarcastic.

Mike86
05-04-12, 11:11 PM
I know when I was younger I watched a lot of PG-13 rated movies well before I was 13. Some R rated ones as well (usually with parents or some adult around). I guess I never had issues but I suppose some kids are different. The Avengers to me overall seemed pretty harmless though. There's some deaths and a little blood but overall I don't think it's anything that most kids can't handle. Then again I don't have kids so maybe I shouldn't talk but I thought the violence was fairly mild overall.

bcd
05-04-12, 11:37 PM
Toy Story 3, Cars 2, and Ariety the Borrower are three G rated movies I can think of off the top of my head. Every Pixar movie has been G.

Incredibles was PG.