And the Academy Award goes to ... People are waiting to hear the answer to that on Sunday night's Academy Award ceremony. The answer will not be any movie that is rated G. Nope, I don't have a crystal ball, nor did I bribe any of the accountants who tabulated the ballots. It is because there is not one G movie nominated for best picture or best animated feature film.
The 2013 Academy Awards field for best picture is not the most tween-friendly set of flicks.
I'm seriously hoping that you didn't take your kid to see Django Unchained. In our house it was decided that I couldn't handle Zero Dark Thirty, and I'm pretty certain Kathryn Bigelow wasn't thinking of 10 year-old eyes when she made the film. This is aside from the fact that the child was born after 9-11.
The Iranians in Argo may not scare my child, but the glasses and hair of the 70s could. I've already covered why I refused to take my tween to see Les Miserables.
While I enjoyed Silver Linings Playbook, I'm pretty sure at the end my tween would just conclude it was a long, bad version of Dancing with the Stars.
Amour, Lincoln and Beasts of the Southern Wild were all rated PG-13. I'm
a prude wanting to preserve my child's innocence and have made a rule that, because she is still three years away from being 13, she is not permitted to see PG-13 movies.
Of the best picture nominees, Life of Pi was the only one rated PG, and I've heard of tweens who went to that film. My kid never asked to see it and while I read the book, I didn't feel like I needed to see the movie. So we passed. I would have loved to have more options of movies to see with my girls, especially those that are not animated.
Which brings us to the nominees for Best Animated Feature Film: Brave, Frankenweenie, ParaNorman, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, and Wreck-It Ralph. And thus begins her inevitable disappointment in the Academy. All of them are rated PG. ALL. And that's even after The Pirates! Bank of Misfits cut the scene when the pirate accidentally lands on a leper boat and a sailor informs the pirate of that fact shortly before the leper's arm falls off. My tween was upset that neither the Lorax nor Hotel Transylvania were included. They're both rated PG, as well.
Does the lack of Academy Award-nominated G movies surprise anyone else? I'm not so prudish that I can't handle my tween seeing a PG movie, but it makes me sad. Is it really that hard to make a decent G movie? Is it that impossible to weave a good story that's acceptable viewing for the entire family? Why does Hollywood not want the money that I'm sure families would pay to see a really good film that can be rated G. The Motion Picture Association of America explains its ratings systems here.
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