The Walk is a movie for the whole family, except for this one thing

The Walk is a movie for the whole family, except for this one thing

Last night John and I took the kids to see The Walk, the new Robert Zemeckis film about the dude who walked on a wire suspended between the Twin Towers. John saw the movie (which is rated PG) on Thursday night and thought the kids (who are four and seven) might be interested in it. They’ve seen Sister Act and Cloak and Dagger. They can handle this.

I was a little nervous about the 3D of it and the fact that Dean Richards review was mostly about how he almost barfed from the visuals, even though he loved the movie. But I figured if things got too intense, we could leave. They didn’t and we stayed.

The Walk is a very rare — honestly I can’t think of any other recent ones that fit the bill — PG-rated movie that wasn’t made specifically for kids. Usually, PG equals fart jokes and talking animals with an attitude. Usually, I avoid PG movies like the plague. They’re trying too hard to play to the lowest common denominator, i.e. kids (and some adults), who are still impressed by fart jokes and talking animals.

There are no fart jokes or talking animals in The Walk. There is a butt, but it’s a family-friendly butt and it did make my son laugh uproariously. This movie is whimsical and beautiful and tells the story of a guy who had a dream and worked his tail off to make it happen. It wasn’t about divine intervention or being in the right place at the right time. It was about setting a goal and doing whatever it takes to make that happen, however ridiculous that goal might seem.

(Thankfully, my son, at least, also came to the realization during this film that he never wants to walk on a tightrope higher than a foot off the ground.)

So, yeah. Take your family to see The Walk. You’ll like it. They’ll like it.

That said, you should probably show up a few minutes late, or prepare to keep your kids in the lobby during previews. Because despite the fact that this is a PG movie, the MPAA found it fit to place a bunch of R-rated trailers in front of The Walk. Sitting through Steve Jobs (I’m always tempted to put an exclamation point at the end of that title) was really just boring for them, but the trailer for Guillermo Del Toro’s Crimson Peak (a straight up R-rated horror movie) is downright terrifying.

So, thanks for nothing MPAA. You approved the trailers for this movie. You are an idiot.

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